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Muge Özoglu

University Lecturer

Dr. M. Özoglu
+31 71 527 2777

Müge Özoğlu completed her BA degree in the department of Turkish Language and Literature at Yıldız Technical University in 2009. She acquired her MA degree in the department of Comparative Literature (Asia/Africa) at SOAS, University of London in 2011. In addition to studying theoretical approaches to literature, she majored in Arabic and Turkish literatures. In her MA studies, she tackled issues concerning national allegory, representations of collective memory, and gender and sexuality in literature. Her interest in these issues later led her to work on the construction of the collective memory of the Ottoman Empire via erotic fiction in her doctoral work. She completed her PhD dissertation entitled “No Man’s Land: Gender and Sexuality in Erotic Narratives of the Late Ottoman Empire” at Leiden University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ernst van Alphen and Dr. Petra de Bruijn. Current ly, she works on queer archival practices in (re)shaping collective memory of imperial pasts. She is also preparing her monograph for publication based on her doctoral dissertation.

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Description of my research

In my doctoral research, I work on the (re)constructions of gender and sexuality in Ottoman Turkish popular erotic literature. I especially look at the ways in which Ottoman masculine identities were constructed with regard to modern discourses circulated in late Ottoman society. Each chapter of my dissertation focuses on masculinities from various angles and theories, such as postcolonial criticism, psychoanalytic theory, post-structuralism, and formation of masculine subjectivities.

PhD supervisors

  • Prof.dr. Ernst van Alphen 
  • Dr. Petra de Bruijn



PhD, Centre of the Arts in Society, Leiden University 
Thesis: ‘No Man’s Land: Gender and Sexuality in Ottoman Turkish Popular Erotic Literature, 1908-1922’ 


MA, Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia), majored in Arabic and Turkish literature, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London 
Thesis: ‘A Comparative Study on Jameson’s Three World Theory and "National Allegory": The Yacoubian Building and the Flea Palace’. Supervisor: Dr. Ayman El-Desouky 


Foundation Diploma for Postgraduate Students specialized in “Comparative Studies in Cultures” and “Media and Communication”, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London 


BA, Turkish Language and Literature, Yıldız Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey 
Thesis: 'Transcription of Emine Semiye’s Articles in "Hanımlara Mahsus Gazete" (The Newspaper for Women) into the Latin Script and the Content Analysis of the Women’s Question in Early Twentieth-Century Ottoman Society'. 

Teaching Activities 


Instructor, ‘Narratives that Matter’ (BA), Leiden University 


Instructor, ‘Narratives that Matter’ (MA), Leiden University 


Instructor, ‘Cultural Production in het Midden-Oosten’ (BA), Leiden University 


Instructor, ‘Turkish as a Second Language’, Yıldız Technical University

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Literatuurwetenschap

Work address

van Wijkplaats
Van Wijkplaats 2
2311 BX Leiden
Room number 2.01b



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