Şima İmşir

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Şima İmşir

Şima İmşir

She was born in Istanbul in 1987. She graduated from İstanbul Bilgi University, Department of Comparative Literature in 2009. She received her master's degree from the Department of Women’s Studies at Istanbul University with her dissertation on Aslı Erdoğan in 2012, under the supervision of Prof Dr. Jale Parla and Prof. Dr Bedia Demiriş. Having focused on abject images and bodily descriptions in Erdogan’s texts in her MA dissertation, she extended the subject to illness narratives by women writers in the 20th century as her PhD thesis. She received funding from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester and began working on her PhD thesis in 2013 at the Department of English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing. In her PhD research she focuses on illness narratives by Turkish, English and American women writers of the 20th century with considerations of feminist and biopolitical criticisms of modernity.

From 2012 to 2013, she gave Turkish Literature courses at Özyeğin University. Her fields of interest include gender studies, biopolitics, disability studies, écriture feminine and 20th century literatures. In addition to her academic work, she writes fiction. She also recently contributed to Dictionary of Literary Biography 373: Turkish Novelists Since 1960 (New York: Gale, 2013) with the biographic entries of Aslı Erdoğan and Tezer Özlü.

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