Dr. Ferdâ Asya
Professor of English
Director of Gender Studies

Ph.D. American Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
M.A. English Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
M.A. English Literature, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI B.A. English Language and Literature, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Contact Information

Office: 111A Bakeless Center for the Humanities
E-mail: fasya@bloomu.edu
Phone: 570.389.4433
Fax: 570.389.3006
Office Hours (Fall 2014):
M 1:30-2:30 p.m.; TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; and W 12:30-2:30 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. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and published articles and book chapters in American, multiethnic, and international literatures. Her edited book of essays, American Writers in Europe: 1850 to the Present, was published in 2013. Her current research focuses on the political aspects of Edith Wharton’s fiction and American writers in Paris.

Courses Taught

  • American Literature 2 (Survey of American Literature from 1865 to the Present)

  • Feminist Reading of Culture (“Literature by Anglophone Women Writers from Early Twentieth Century to the Present,” “Transcultural Identities in Fiction by Women”)

  • Introduction to Literature (“Literature of North America and Other Parts of the World,” “Self-Discovery and Cultural Models of Identity”)

  • Literature and Society (“Fictional Representations of American Women in Europe,” “Identity, Dislocation, and Belonging in Fiction by Contemporary Women Writers,” “Literature of Growing Up,” “The Portrayal of Women by Realists in American Literature,” Self-Discovery and Identity in Fiction by Women Writers”)

  • Special Topics (“American Expatriate Fiction in Paris”)

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