E-mail: peter.cherry@bilkent.edu.tr

Office: FA 113-B


  • BA (Hons) English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • MSc Comparative Literature, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD Comparative Literature, University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

  • Twentieth and Twenty-first century Turkish and British Literature, Film and Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Migrant, Diaspora & transcultural literatures and cultural production
  • Intermediality (word and music studies; literature and visual arts; literature and cinema)
  • Theories of Comparative and World Literature, Transculturation, Diaspora and Postcolonialism

Short Biography

I completed my PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh in 2017, with funding from the University of Edinburgh’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. My doctoral research examined constructions of ‘Muslim masculinity’ in novels and films written by British writers and filmmakers of migrant heritage, such as Hanif Kureishi, Zadie Smith, Monica Ali, Kamila Shamsie and Zia Haider Rahman, and explored the ways that masculinities are shaped by migration, transcultural exchange and local and global politics in their work. I am currently adapting this research into a monograph entitled Muslim Masculinities: Migration and Transcultural Identity in Britain due to be published by I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury in 2021.

Before joining Bilkent University, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) where I began my ongoing research into British-Turkish literary and cultural exchange in the twentieth century.

I also hold Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), a qualification which demonstrates that my teaching fulfils criteria specified by the UK Professional Standards Framework for Higher Education, and a Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (CELTA). I have three years’ experience teaching English as a foreign language in Istanbul and have served as a Teaching Fellow in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Leeds’ pre-sessional course for postgraduate students.

I have disseminated my research at a number of local and international talks and conferences in Turkey, the UK, USA, Germany and the Netherlands. I am a member of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA), British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) and British Institute at Ankara (BIAA).

Courses Taught

  • EDEB403 Theories of Literature
  • EDEB416 Criticism
  • EDEB502 Text and Image
  • EDEB542 Fictions of Migration
  • EDEB545 Gender and Fiction
  • EDEB549 Travel Writing
  • EDEB619 World Fiction



2021 (Forthcoming)Muslim Masculinities in Literature and Film: Transcultural Identity and Migration in Britain (London/New York: I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury)

Articles in Edited Volumes

(Forthcoming) – “World Literature as Performance: Turkish and British Women’s Writing in Transcultural Dialogue at the Turn of the Century”, in Ç. Günay-Erkol and B. Alkan, Turkish Literature as World Literature (London/New York: Bloomsbury)

(Forthcoming) – (with Rachel Ainsworth), “A Quest into Contested Land: Freya Stark’s Ionian Journey”, in Beyond the Ionian Migration: Local Level Analyses of Cross-cultural Interactions between the Aegean and Western Anatolia in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, edited by Alan M. Greaves, Sıla Mangaloğlu-Votruba and Rik Vaessen (İstanbul: Koç University Press)

Refereed Journal Articles

2018 – “I’d rather my brother was a bomber than a homo”: British Muslim masculinities and homonationalism in Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother the Devil (2012), Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 53:2, (2018), pp. 270-83.

Book Reviews

2019 – Daniel S. Katz, The Shaping of Turkey in the British Imagination (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Comparative Critical Studies, 16:1, (2019), pp. 115-120.

Other academic publications

2018  ‘Who are Calling ‘Turk’? Harems and Hidden Identities at the Turn of the Century’, Heritage Turkey 8:1 (2018), pp. 23-4.

2018 – “Brexlit”: Literary Responses to Brexit, translated into Greek by Leonidas Karakatsanis, Syghrona Themata (Contemporary Issues) 140, (2018), pp. 81-4.