Instructor, English
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604.986.1911 ext. 3555
Fir Building, room FR 404


PhD, Literary Studies, University College London, 2013.

MA, Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2006.

BA, Western Languages and Literature, Bogazici University, Istanbul, 2005.

"I value the wide range of skills and learning styles of the students and aim to create the necessary space for this diversity to flourish in creative and constructive ways."


Hande Gurses (PhD, University College London, 2013), originally from Istanbul, is a scholar of comparative literature. Her primary research interests include contemporary world literature, cosmopolitanism, ecocriticism and critical animal studies.

She is also interested in inclusive pedagogies and contemplative practices in higher education, and has taught courses on international short stories, migration, dystopian literatures and ecocriticism.

Most recently, she co-edited a volume on ecocritical approaches to contemporary Turkish literature titled Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film (Routledge Press, 2019).

Currently, she is working on a book manuscript titled Reframing Bridges and Borders in the Fictions of Orhan Pamuk under contract with Lexington Books. In her book, she focuses on the imagery of the bridge in the construction and representation of distinct identity categories. Her second book project — tentatively titled Beasts of the Nation: Animals, Authority, and Citizenship — explores the representation of animals in nation-building narratives.

She previously held positions at UMass Amherst, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and Simon Fraser University.

As a scholar of literature, I am interested in the power of stories. I focus on contemporary world literature and cinema that explore issues related to ecocriticism, animals, memory and experiences of displacement.

Gurses, Hande. Reframing Bridges and Borders in the Fictions of Orhan Pamuk (Under contract with Lexington Press, 2022).

Gurses, Hande. "A Syllabus on Migration: On the Privileges of "Decolonization"". The German Quarterly. 94.3. pp. 384-386. 2021.

Gurses, Hande. "Welcoming Cosmos: A Comparative Study of Narrative, Nature, and Cosmopolitanism in The Wall and Pond" in Avenging Nature: A Survey of the Role of Nature in Modern and Contemporary Art and Literature. Eds. Eduardo Valls Oyarzun, Rebeca Gualberto Valverde, Noelia Malla García, María Colom Jiménez, Rebeca Cordero Sánchez. Lexington Books, 2020.

Gurses, Hande and Irmak Ertuna-Howison (eds). Animals, Plants, Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film. Routledge Press, 2019.