Dr. Ferdâ Asya
Associate Professor of English
Director of International Studies LLC
Director of Gender and Women's Studies

Ferdâ Asya received her PhD in American Literature from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She has Masters degrees in English Literature from both Indiana University and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her Bachelors degree in English Language and Literature is from Hacettepe University in Ankara Turkey.

Contact Information

Office: 111A Bakeless Center for the Humanities
E-mail: fasya at bloomu dot edu
Phone: 570.389.4433
Fax: 570.389.3006
Office Hours: M 1:30-2:30 p.m.; T 3:30-4:30 p.m.; W 12:30-2:30 p.m. and R 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Teaching and Research Interests

Ferdâ Asya started her graduate studies in English and American literature on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She lived in France, Nigeria, and Turkey; taught English and American literature and French language in Canada and Malaysia; and traveled extensively in northern and western Europe.

Ferdâ Asya works in the fields of nineteenth-and twentieth-century American literature, with an emphasis on the turn of the century, the era of realism, naturalism, and early modernism. More particularly, she is interested in the social and political approaches to the fiction of this period. Her other academic interests include multiethnic literature, international literature, and literature of the Holocaust.

She has articles published and papers presented at national and international conferences on the works of Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Nella Larsen, Diane Johnson, Achy Obejas, Ana Castillo, Rosario Morales, Meyer Levin, Tillie Olsen, Allegra Goodman, Lore Segal, Chinua Achebe, Leslie Marmon Silko, Prosper Mérimée, Anna de Noailles and Marge Piercy. Her most recent publications include book chapters on Charlotte Delbo, Walter Winter, and Aurora Levins Morales. Her current research focuses on the political aspects of the fiction of Edith Wharton and American expatriate writers in Paris.

Ferdâ Asya is the Director of the International Studies Living Learning Community. You can learn more about the community at International Student LLC

Courses Taught
American Literature II
American Expatriate Fiction in Paris (Honors Course)
Literature and Society (The Anarchist Tradition in Literature, Literature of Growing Up and the Portrayal of Women by Realists in American Fiction 1880-1925)
Introduction to Literature
Feminist Reading of Culture

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