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Invitation to World Literature

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My Name Is Red (30:00)

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This video introduces My Name Is Red, Orhan Pamuk's evocative novel of miniaturists in 16th-century Istanbul. Then, as now, the city is on the edge of two worlds, responding to the demands of change and tradition.

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Speakers in the video

Walter Andrews
Walter Andrews
Professor of Ottoman Literature, University of Washington
Dr. Andrews is a scholar of Ottoman poetry and professor of Ottoman and Turkish literature at the University of Washington. He also assisted with the translation of My Name Is Red, and was author Orhan Pamuk's high school basketball coach in Turkey.
Michael Barry
Michael Barry
Lecturer in Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Mr. Barry is in Persian and Islamic studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, and a special consultant on Islamic art and museum issues for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. He has written a definitive study of Persian miniature paintings called Figurative Art in Medieval Islam and the Riddle of Bihzâd of Herât (1465-1535). He also served as consultative chairman of the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Islamic Art.
Melvin Jules Bukiet
Melvin Jules Bukiet
Novelist and Teacher, Sarah Lawrence College
Mr. Bukiet teaches fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. He is an author and a critic and has reviewed My Name Is Red for the Chicago Tribune.
David Damrosch
David Damrosch
Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
Dr. Damrosch is professor of comparative literature at Harvard University and the author of many books, including What is World Literature?
Erdag Göknar
Erdağ M. Göknar
Translator, My Name Is Red
Mr. Göknar is professor of Turkish studies at Duke University, and the award-winning translator of My Name Is Red. Mr. Göknar has also translated Rahimi's Earth and Ashesand Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar's iconic novel A Mind at Peace.
Chip Kidd
Chip Kidd
Book Cover Designer and Writer
Mr. Kidd is a well-known book cover designer, artist, and writer. He designed the U.S. book cover for My Name Is Red, as well as several other Orhan Pamuk titles.
Pelin Kivrak
Pelin Kivrak
Literature/History Student, Harvard University
Ms. Kivrak is a native of Istanbul, Turkey, who studied comparative literature at Harvard University. She has read My Name Is Red both in the original Turkish and in the English translation―and found the latter easier to read.
Christopher Lydon
Christopher Lydon
Radio Host, Brown University
A longtime television and radio journalist, Mr. Lydon hosts "Open Source," a radio program on the arts and politics from the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and has conducted multiple interviews with Orhan Pamuk.
Orhan Pamuk
Orhan Pamuk
Author, My Name Is Red
Mr. Pamuk has won numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. Turkish novelist. His most recent book is The Museum of Innocence. Mr. Pamuk also served as a visiting professor of literature at Columbia University.
Shahzia Sikander
Shahzia Sikander
Artist
Ms. Sikander trained as an artist in miniature painting style at the National College of the Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, one of the few schools in the world that still teaches this style. She has incorporated miniature painting into contemporary themes and different media, including video.
Susan Yelavich
Susan Yelavich
Writer and Assistant Professor, Parsons, the New School for Design
Dr. Yelavich is a writer and professor of art and design studies at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York. She lectures frequently on design and architecture and has incorporated My Name Is Red into her curriculum.