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Fahriye Gönül Pultar
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Born (1940-11-03)November 3, 1940
Istanbul, Turkey
Residence Kabataş, Istanbul
Nationality Turkish
Citizenship Turkish
Alma mater Robert College
Spouse(s) Mustafa Pultar
Children Giray Pultar, Eren Pultar, Selçuk Pultar
Parent(s) Reşid Mazhar Ayda, Adile Ayda

Gönül Pultar[edit]

Fahriye Gönül Pultar (née Ayda, born 3 November 1943 in İstanbul) is a Turkish academic, scholar and novelist. Presently, she is the President of the Cultural Studies Association of Turkey and also holds the honorary title of the President of the World League of Tatars.



Following her career diplomat mother, Adile Ayda, she studied in such countries as France, The Netherlands and the former Yugoslavia and received a B.A. from Robert College (now Boğaziçi [Bosphorus] University) in Istanbul and a Ph.D. from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara.


After an early career in journalism, she has taught at METU, Boğaziçi University, Bilkent Universityas well as Bahçeşehir University. In 1998, she was appointed as a research fellow at the Longfellow Institute of Harvard University. In 1999 she founded the "Group for Cultural Studies in Turkey," which later became the Cultural Studies Association of Turke. She has been active in various academic associations such as the Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association and the Society for Multi-ethnic Studies Europe and the Americas.

The granddaughter of Sadri Maksudi (1878-1957), the leader of the short-lived "Turko-Tatar national-cultural autonomy" established right after the 1917 Revolution in Russia, she has found herself immersed in the life and culture of the autonomous republics of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan (within the Russian Federation) after the fall of the Soviet Union.


In 1965, she received the Robert College Cinema Club Award for her movie script “Bağbozumu (Vintage)” and in 1970, the Hachette-Larousse Literature Award in France for her essay “Lettre à un Ami.” For her efforts at promoting the Tatar culture in the diaspora, she was awarded a medal in 2005 by President Vladimir Putin of Russia and in 2007 a "Rehmet Hattı" (Testimony of Gratitude) by the then President Shaimiev of Tatarstan.


Scholarly Works:

  • Technique and Tradition in Samuel Beckett's Trilogy of Novels (1996).
  • On the Road to Baghdad or Traveling Biculturalism: Theorizing a Bicultural Approach to Contemporary World Fiction (2005).
  • Kardeşim Yaralısın: Fakir Baykurt'u Anmak (Brother, You're Wounded: In Memoriam Fakir Baykurt, 2002).
  • Kardeşliğe Bin Selam: İlhan Başgöz ile Söyleşi (A Thousand Greetings to Brothers All: An Interview with Ilhan Başgöz, 2003).
  • Kültür ve Modernite (Culture and Modernity,2003).
  • Türk(iye) Kültürleri (Cultures of Turks/Turkey, 2005).
  • İslam ve Modernite (Islam and Modernity, 2007).
  • Yirmi Birinci Yüzyılda İdil-Ural (Idil-Ural in the Twenty-first Century, 2008).
  • Kimlikler Lütfen: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti'nde Kültürel Kimlik Arayışı ve Temsili (IDs Please: Quest for and Representation of Cultural Identity in the Republic of Turkey, 2009).
  • Yapılar Fora: Mustafa Pultar'a Armağan Kitabı (Buildings Ahoy: A Festschrift in Honor of Mustafa Pultar), 2010).
  • Imagined Identities: De/Construction of Culture, Ethnicity and Trans/Nationhood in the Age of Globalization (to be published by Syracuse University Press).


  • Dünya Bir Atlıkarınca (The World is a Merry-go-round, 1979.)
  • Ellerimden Su İçsinler (Let Them Drink Water from My Hands, 1999).

Other Works:

In addition to the books above, she has written numerous encyclopedia articles and essays in books and journals published in the USA, The Netherlands, Germany, The Russian Federation, Japan, India, and Turkey. Her essay "Postmodern Resistance or Public Mask: The Islamic Veil in Europe" appeared in Post-National Enquiries: Essays on Ethnic and Racial Border Crossings (2009) edited by Jopi Nyman. Her short story "Leda and the Swan," published in Cultural Horizons (2001) can be found at the web site entitled "Contemporary Turkish Literature" of Boğaziçi University.

Pultar was the founding editor of Journal of American Studies of Turkey and also the guest editor of the September 2006 issue of Comparative American Studies, a special issue devoted to American literature in languages other than English. She is at present a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ''Journal of Popular Culture''.


"Gönül Pultar." .

"İstanbulda Gönül Pultarnıñ kitabı dönya kürde". .

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