Sibel Irzık received her BA in English Literature from Boğaziçi University, and her MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. She is currently teaching in the Cultural Studies Program of Sabancı University. She is the author of Deconstruction and the Politics of Criticism (NY&London;: Garland Publishing, 1990) and the co-editor of Relocating the Fault Lines: Turkey Beyond the East-West Divide, a special double issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly, 2003. She has also edited the selected writings of Mikhail Bakhtin and a collection of articles on gender and literature in Turkish. Among her more recent publications are an article on Orhan Pamuk’s Black Book, published in The Novel, Volume 2: Forms and Themes (ed. Franco Moretti, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006), a book chapter on Turkish coup d’etat novels in Betraying the Event (ed. Fatima Festic, New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), and a chapter on Pamuk’s Snow in Europe and Its Boundaries (ed. Andrew Davison and Himadeep Muppidi, Lenham: Lexington Books, 2009). She is a member of the steering committee for the ESF-COST Program in Cultural Literacy 2009-2010, and will be organizing a workshop on electronic textuality in June 2010 as part of this program. She is currently working on a comparative study of military coup literatures and a study of the political novel in Turkey.