Adile Esen

Adile Esen
Associate Professor of Literature
Email: aesen
Cell Phone: (641) 209 2091
Home Phone: (641) 209 3794


  • Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1989-1991
  • B.A. in Comparative Literature — California State University, Long Beach, 1997
  • M.A. in German Studies — Carl von Ossietzky, Oldenburg, and California State University, 2001
  • TESL Certificate in Linguistics — California State University, 2001
  • German and French — University of Lausanne, 2007-08
  • Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009.
  • Certification to teach the Transcendental Meditation Technique, Maharishi Vedic City, July 2010- Dec 2010


Prof. Adile Esen’s dissertation project entitled, Beyond “In-Between”, Travels and Transformations in Contemporary Turkish-German Literature and Film, investigated the ways in which post-1990 Turkish-German Literature and Film have paved way for newer understandings about the Turkish-German experience, one that transcends the previous paradigm of “in-betweenness” of the Turkish-German subject and literature.

Prof. Esen’s interdisciplinary analysis shows that the post-1990 narratives of Turkish-German Literature and Film, with their emphasis on travel and movement, destabilize presumed understandings of fixed borders and identities, map transnational connections and reveal shared histories; as such, the novels and films in her dissertation offer ways of thinking beyond the divisions ostensibly inscribed in cultural, ethnic, and national forms of belonging.


Prof. Esen’s current research interests continue to center on the cultural productivity of migration in Europe and in Germany, and particularly on the concept of double consciousness of the so-called migrant artists in relation to transcendence and natural law.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor:
GSI German 101, 102 (2004–2006)
German 231 (Winter 2007 – Fall 2008)

University of Lausanne, Switzerland:
Assistant Diplome — German department — Seminar “Wer bin ich” (Fall 2007)
Assistant Diplome — Ein Jahrhundert in Tropfenform: Deutsche Lyrik von 1900 bis heute (Winter 2008)

California State University, Long Beach:
Instructor C/LT 100- Introduction to World Literature
German 201 (Spring 2002)
Instructor German 101 (2000-2001)
Graduate Assistant C/LT 320: Comic Spirit (2000-2001)
Instructor American Language Institute- ESL Reading & Writing

El Camino Community College, Torrance:
Instructor ESL — Intermediate and Advanced (2002-2003)

Orange Coast Community College, Orange County:
Instructor German 101 (Spring 2001)

Fullerton Community College, Orange County
Instructor German 101, 102 (Spring 2003)
Kyongju, Korea: ESL instructor to Korean Children (Summer 2001)


Beyond “In-Between”, Travels and Transformations in Contemporary Turkish-German Literature and Film, September 2009, Dissertation.

Book Review on Leslie A. Adelson. The Turkish Turn in Contemporary German Literature. Toward a New Critical Grammar of Migration. New German Review, 2005.

Exoticism, the Orient and the Fetish in the New German Transnational Cinema: Fatih Akin’s Experimentation on Cities and Genders in Gegen die Wand. in From Weimar to Christiania: German and Scandinavian Studies in Context. Eds. Feiereisen, Florence and Kyle Frackman. NewCastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.


Teaching German Literature and Culture from a Transnational Perspective. ACTFL Annual Convention, San Diego, November 2009

Borderless Berlin. 33rd Annual German Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC, October 2009

Multiply Layered Worlds and the Threshold in Selam Berlin. Wayne State University, Michigan. Michigan Academy Convention, April 12-14 2009.

Immigration to the German Past and Present in Post-Unification Turkish-German Literature. Purdue University. April 2007.

Experimentation on Cities and Genders in Fatih Akin’s Gegen Die Wand. Conference: Experimentations. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. February 2005.

Constructed Identities in Flux. Conference: Culture and Identity. Bosporus University, Istanbul, June 2005.

Relationality: The influence of Brecht’s writing on Emine Sevgi Ozdamar. Conference: Locating the Other. University of Cincinnati, October 2003.

In between realms: toward becoming. Conference: Tropes of Unification. Stanford University, January 2003.

Deutsch-Türkischer Dialog, Deutsch-Türkische Literatur und Popkultur. Conference: The Meaning of German Studies Today for the Chinese, German and US Student: Perspectives from Qingdao, Long Beach and Bayreuth. Qingdao, China, 2001.


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