Esin ESEN PhD

Esin ESEN PhD CV

SHORT PROFILE

Esin ESEN, is a, Japanologist. who specializes in Japanese language and literature, translation from Japanese and Japanese women’s literature (Nara-Heian Periods). She applied cognitive poetics and relevance theory to develop a method for translation of reader responsibility features of Japanese language into Turkish. Her PhD is on the Man’yōshū – the reader responsibility approach and cognitive poetics theory. She translated Murasaki Shikibu Nikki into Turkish from classical Japanese and Sasameyuki by the famous Japanese writer Jun’ichirō Tanizaki . She has been translating since the 1990s [Japanese, Spanish and English, Classical Japanese, Turkish (native)]. She also teaches theoric and applied translation courses at university level in these languages. Founder of Kotodama Istanbul book project themed Japan in Turkey and Turkey in Japan. Editor of “Shaping the Field of Translation In Japanese↔Turkish Contexts 1-2” the world’s first academic books on Turkish↔Japanese translation.

SPECIALIZED SUBJECTS

  •        Japanese Language, Literature, Culture
  •        “Reader Responsibility” approach to Japanese Studies
  •        Cognitive Poetics
  •        Classical Japanese Literature; Classical Japanese; Waka Poetry
  •        Translation Studies, Applied Translation (Japanese, English, Spanish)
  •        Japanese Women Literature (Nara-Heian Periods)

EDUCATION

2013   PhD  au logo  Ankara University, Institute of Social Sciences,
Japanese Language and Literature Dept.
2007   BA  au logo  Ankara University,
The Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Japanese Language and Literature Dept.
1995   AD  au logo  Ankara University,
The Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Japanese Language and Literature Dept
1991   AD  bogazici_logo copy copy  Boğaziçi University,
Faculty of Arts and Sciences,
Turkish Language and Literature Dept.

                   

 

LANGUAGES

Japanese, English, Spanish, Classical Japanese, Turkish (native language)
TEACHING POSITIONS

 2013 – 2015  download Galatasaray University,
Comparative Linguistics and Applied Foreign Languages Dept.
Instructor P/T
Lectures given:   Translation theory
Translation methods,   Spanish English Turkish
Translation criticism,   Spanish English Turkish
Types of translation,    Spanish English Turkish
2014    bogazici_logo copy copy Boğaziçi University,
The Master of Arts Program in Asian Studies,
Instructor P/T
Lectures given:  Japanese (intermediate)
2013 Bahçeşehir University,
Department of Interior Design, private Japanese program lessons
Japanese Instructor P/T
Lectures given:    Japanese (elementary)
2010 – 2012  bogazici_logo copy copy Boğaziçi University,
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department of History,
Japanese Language Program
Instructor  P/T
Lectures given:
Translation of Modern and Classical Japanese Texts  I (advanced) Translation of Modern and Classical Japanese Texts II (advanced)

 

ARTICLES, CHAPTERS, DISSERTATIONS

Esen, Esin, “A Method with a Manual for Translation of the Reader Responsibility Feature of Japanese”Eds. E. Esen, R. Miyashita, Shaping the Field of Translation in Japanese ↔ Turkish Contexts I, Bern: Peter Lang, 2019, p. 143-178.

Esen, Esin; Miyashita Ryō, “Is It a Stone in Babel Tower Bridging Both Ends of Asia?” Eds. E. Esen, R. Miyashita, Shaping the Field of Translation in Japanese ↔ Turkish Contexts I, Bern: Peter Lang, 2019, p. 13-28.

Miyashita Ryō, Esen, Esin, “History of Turkish Translation in Japan and its Problems”Eds. R. Miyashita, E. Esen, Shaping the Field of Translation in Japanese ↔ Turkish Contexts II, Bern: Peter Lang, 2019, p. 13-24.

Özrenk Aydın, G.; Esen Esin, “A Discovery: A Direct Literary Translation from Japanese into Turkish Dating 1938” Eds. R. Miyashita, E. Esen, Shaping the Field of Translation in Japanese ↔ Turkish Contexts II, Bern: Peter Lang, 2019, p. 123-140.

Esen, Esin, (2018). Man’yōshū Şiirlerinin İncelenmesinde Oluşumsal Yapısalcı Yöntemin İmkanları. Humanitas, 6(12), 10-34 [Paper in Turkish. English Title:  The Possibilities of Genetic Structuralist Method for The Analysis of Man’yōshū Poems ]

――――,”Sasameyuki no Torukogo-yaku ni okeru Kikitesekinin no Imiteki- Ninchiteki Yōso no Honyaku ni tsuite“, Isuramu Sekai, No. 89, pp 1-28, 2018. [Paper in Japanese-. English title: The Translation of Semantic and Cognitive Items of the Reader Responsibility in the Japanese Novel Sasameyuki’s Turkish Translation]

――――,“Zor Zamanlarda Japonya’da Bir Kadın Romanı : Sasameyuki (Nazlı Kar)”, 20. Yüzyılda Savaş ve Kadın, Editör: Onur Yamaner, Bilge Yayıncılık, s. 190 ‐ , 232, 2016. [Paper in Turkish. English Title:  A Women’s Novel in the Hard Times of Japan: Sasameyuki (The Makioka Sisters) in The War and The Women in the 20th Century. ed. Onur Yamaner] (Abstract in English)

――――,“Nazlı Kar-Sasameyuki’yi Türkçe Algılamak”, Nazlı Kar, Can Yayınları, p. 9-15, 2015. [Paper in Turkish. English Title: Perception of Sasameyuki in Turkish]

――――, “Sasameyuki no Torukogo no Honyaku: Kikitesekinin oyobi Ninchi Shigaku no Shiten karaSekai Bungaku/ Honyaku to Bungaku Tokushū , No 122 s. 71-80 , 12, 2015. [Paper in Japanese. English title: Turkish Translation of Sasameyuki: From the point view Reader Responsibility and Cognitive Poetics]

――――, “Man’yōshū’da İki Ukareme Şiiri -‘Okuyucu-Dinleyici Sorumluluğu’ Açısından” Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınları, Proceedings, İstanbul, 2015, pp.151-168. [Paper in Turkish. English Title: Two Poems by Ukaremes – From the Point of the View of Reader Responsibility] (Abstract in English)

――――, “Japon Edebiyatından Türkçeye Çeviriye ‘Okuyucu-Dinleyici Sorumluluğu’ Yaklaşımı –Sasame Yuki Örnekleminde” International Symposium on Asian Languages and Literatures, Proceedings, Kayseri, 2014. [Paper in Turkish. English Title: Reader-listener Responsibility Approach to The Translation of Japanese Literature to Turkish -On The Example of Sasame Yuki] (Abstract in English)

――――, Manyōshū’da Kadın Şairler ve Şiirleri –Bilişsel Poetika Açısından ‘Okuyucu-dinleyici Sorumluluğu’; Ankara University, Institute of Social Sciences, Dissertation, Ankara, 2013. [Women Poets and Their Poetry in Man’yōshū -Cognitive Poetics, Reader Responsibility Approach] (Abstract, Table of contents and bibliography in English- The full text in Turkish is available online.)

――――, “Sayılarla Man’yōshū’da İsmi Bilinen Kadın Şairler ve Tür-Kategori Açısından Şiirleri”, Türkiye Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi (Turkish Journal of Social Research), V. 172, p. 377-395, 2013. [Paper in Turkish. English Title: Onymous Women Poets in Man’yōshū and Their Poetry in Terms of Poetic Forms and Categories] (Abstract in English)

――――, “Murasaki Shikibu’nun, Günlüğünde Gerçeği Kaydetme Çabası ve Yöntemi”, in Türkiye’de Japonya Çalışmaları Konferansı -I-, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Publishing, p. 260-281, 2012.[Paper in Turkish. English Title: Murasaki Shikibu’s Endeavour and Method of “Recording the Verity” in Her Diary] (Abstract in English)

――――, “Murasaki Shikibu ve Heian Dönemi”, in Murasaki Shikibu’nun Günlüğü, İş Bankası Kültür Publishing, p. xi-xlv, 2009. [Paper in Turkish. English Title: Murasaki Shikibu and Heian Period] (Abstract in English)

――――, Heian Dönemi Kadın Edebiyatı, Ankara University, Japanese Language and Literature Dept, BA Thesis, Ankara, 2007. [Thesis in Turkish. English Title: The Heian Period Women’s Literature] (Abstract in English)

EDITORSHIPS

Esin Esen, Ryō Miyashita (ed.), Miyashita Ryō, Shaping the Field of Translation in Japanese ↔ Turkish Contexts I, Bern: Peter Lang, 2019. [Please see publisher’s page for details]

Ryō Miyashita, Esin Esen, (ed.), Shaping the Field of Translation in Japanese ↔ Turkish Contexts II, Bern: Peter Lang, 2019. [Please see publisher’s page for details]

Esin Esen, Ikuko Suzuki (ed.). “Kotodama İstanbul – Hajimari 2015, Arkeoloji ve Sanat Yayınları, İstanbul, 2016.

Kültürel Etkileşimler: Japonya” Dosyası, Editörler: A. Volkan Erdemir, Esin Esen, Kurgu Düşün Sanat Edebiyat Dergisi, 15. sayı, 2015.

PRESENTATIONS

Esen, E., “Sasameyuki [Nazlı Kar] Romanında 1936-1941 Arasında Japonya’dan Kadın İmgeleri“, XX.yy.da Kadın ve Savaş Konferansı, 09.December.2016. [Presentation in Turkish. English Title: Women’s Images from Japan in Sasameyuki Between 1936-1941; The War and The Women in the 20th Century Conference]

――――,“Japoncada Özne Eksiltisi ve Türkçe Anadil Konuşucusuna Öğretimi” 14. Japanese Teachers Conference, Türk Japon Vakfı, 13-14 Haziran 2015. [Presentation in Turkish. English Title: Subject Ellipsis in Japanese and Teaching it to the Native Turkish Speakers]

――――, “The Intralingual Translations of Murasaki Shikibu Nikki: A Comparative Study through the Reader Responsibility, The International Workshop on Intralingual Translation, Boğaziçi University, 27-28 November 2014, published abstract, p. 7-8. (Abstract in English)

――――, “Murasaki Shikibu’nun, Günlüğünde “Öteki”nin Bakışından Kendini Anlatması” Writing Women’s Lives International Symposium, İstanbul, 19-20 April,2014. [Presentation in Turkish. English Title: Narrating Self, Through “The Other” in the Diary of Lady Murasaki] (Abstract in English)

――――, “Man’yōshū’da İki Ukareme Şiiri, ‘Okuyucu-dinleyici Sorumluluğu’ Açısından”, Japanese Studies Conference in Turkey -II-, İstanbul, 14-16 June, 2013. [Presentation in Turkish. English Title: 2 Ukaremes’ Poems in Man’yōshū in Terms of ‘Reader-listener Responsibility] (Abstract in English)

――――, “Plants in the Diary of Lady Murasaki Shikibu and their Use in the Text” The International Symposium “European Discourses on Japan, Plants in Japanese Culture, İstanbul, 14-15 September, 2012. (Presentation in English, Abstract in English)

――――, “Murasaki Shikibu’nun, Günlüğünde Gerçeği Kaydetme Çabası ve Yöntemi”, Japanese Studies Conference in Turkey -I-, İstanbul, 4-6 June, 2010. [Presentation in Turkish. English Title: Murasaki Shikibu’s Endeavour and Method of “Recording the Verity” in Her Diary] (Abstract in English)

――――, ““Murasaki Shikibu ve Kendini Yazma: Doğrudan ve Dolaylı İfade”, International Multidisciplinary Women’s Congress, İzmir, 13-16 October, 2009. Published Abstract: International Multidisciplinary Women’s Congress, Abstracts, Izmir, p. 146. [Presentation in Turkish. English Title: Narrating Self and The Diary of Lady Murasaki Shikibu: Direct and Indirect Expression] (Abstract in Turkish)

BOOK TRANSLATIONS

Tanizaki, Jun’ichirō, Nazlı Kar, Çev. Esin Esen, Can Yayınları, 2015 [Turkish translation of Sasame Yuki]

Shindō, Etsuko, Kapadokya’da Çatra Patralar, Trans. Esin Esen, Can Çocuk Publishing, Contemporary World Literature Series, 2012 (Japanese children’s book translated from Japanese into Turkish, original title: Tsukiyo no Çatora Patora). Japanese review of the Turkish translation: Numata, Sayoko, “Shindo Etsuko Cho ‘Tsukiyo no Chatora Patora’ Torukogo Honyakuban Kanko ni Yosete” Waseda Journal of Islamic Sciences, Vol.9, p.141-147, 2013.

Shikibu, Murasaki, Murasaki Shikibu’nun Günlüğü, Trans. Esin Esen, İş Bankası Kültür Publishing, Hasan Ali Yücel Classics Series, 2009. (Turkish Translation of the Diary of Heian Period woman writer Lady Murasaki, translated from classical Japanese, original title: Murasaki Shikibu Nikki)

TRANSLATIONS PUBLISHED IN JOURNALS AND IN OTHER MEDIA

Kudō Caymaz, Rie “Bir Japon Minyatürcü”, Trans. Esin Esen Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas, 15. sayı, s. 82-84, 2015. (Translated from Japanese)

Miyashita, Ryō , “Divan Şiirinin Japoncaya Çevrilmesine Dair Düşünceler”, Trans. Esin Esen Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas, 15. sayı, s.94-99, 2015. (Translated from Japanese)

Shindō, Etsuko , “Bir Japon Yazarın Gözünden Japonya’da Çocuk Kitapları , Trans. Esin Esen, Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas, 15. sayı, s. 37-41, 2015. (Translated from Japanese)

Trumbull, Charles , “Beş Balonlu Sabah – Güneybatı Amerika ve Haiku– Trans. Esin Esen, Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas, 15. sayı, s. 67-69, 2015. (Translated from English)

Machado, Antonio, “Şarkılar ve deyişler XXIX”, Trans. Esin Esen, Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas, V. 13, p. 84, 2014. (Translated from Spanish into Turkish, Orginal title: Proverbios y cantares XXIX, English title: Proverbs and songs XXIX )

Trumbull, Charles , “Mevsimlerin Önemi”, Trans. Esin Esen, Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas, V. 13, p. 80-83, 2014. (Translation of an essay on Haiku. Translated from English into Turkish, English title: The Importance of Seasons )

Miyashita, Ryō , Japonya’da Orhan Pamuk ve Çeviriye Dair Bazı Notlar” Trans. Esin Esen, Lacivert Journal of short stories and poetry, V. 40, p. 91-96, 2011 (translated from Japanese into Turkish, English title: Perception of Orhan Pamuk in Japan and notes on Translation)

Shindō, Etsuko , “Etsuko’dan Mektup” Trans. Esin Esen, Lacivert Journal of short stories and poetry, V. 39, p.31-32, 2011 (translated from Japanese into Turkish, English title: A Letter from Etsuko)

Shindō, Etsuko , “Japonya’dan Bir Ses”, Trans. Esin Esen, Haber Türk Newspaper, 2011 (translated from Japanese into Turkish, English title: A Voice from Japan)

OTHER PUBLICATIONS IN JOURNALS AND IN OTHER MEDIA

Esen, E., “Kotodama ve İstanbul” Kotodama İstanbul -Hajimari 2015 -Türkçe, Arkeoloji ve Sanat Yayınları, İstanbul, 2016, p. 215-218. [Turkish, Kotodama and Istanbul]

――――, “Kotodama to Isutanburu” Kotodama İstanbul -Hajimari 2015 -Japonca, Çev. Ikuko Suzuki, Arkeoloji ve Sanat Yayınları, İstanbul, 2016, p. 259-264. [Japanese, Kotodama and Istanbul]

――――, “Kadim Japonya’dan Kadın Sesleri” Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas, 15. sayı, p. 78-81, 2015.

――――, “Murasaki Shikibu İstanbul’a Gelseydi!” Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas, 14. sayı, p. 110-112, 2015. [If Murasaki Shikibu Comes to İstanbul!]

――――, “Bilişsel Sürece Bir Saldırı mı? Ketum Kahraman” Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas,, 14. sayı, p. 45-46, 2015. [Is it a Violence against Cognitive Process? The Discreet Hero by Vargas]

――――, “1930’ların Sonlarında Japonya’da Kadın Olmak: Gelenek ve Modernlik Arasında Bir Roman Kahramanı, Roman Kahramanları Journal V. 21, p. 27-32, İstanbul, Ocak-Mart 2015. [Being a Women in Japan in 1930’s: A Novel Heroine between the Tradition and the Modernism]

――――, “Japon Şiiri mi? Haikuyu Duyduk Peki ya Waka?” Kurgu Journal of Arts and Ideas, V. 13, p. 75-79, 2014. [Japanese Poetry? We heard about Haiku but what about Waka?]

――――,  “”Isutanburu no Murasaki Shikibu, Heian-kyō no Esin“” Subaru Literature Magazine, Japan, July 2014. (Essay in Japanese) [Murasaki in Istanbul, Esin in Heian-kyō]

――――, “Fantastik bir Türkiye Öyküsü…” İyi Kitap -Journal of Children’s books, V. 46, p. 18-19, 2012. (Interview in Turkish) [A Fantastic Story on Turkey]

――――, “Wa Ülkesinin Kadınları“, Lacivert – Journal of short stories and poetry, V. 39, p. 62-69, 2011. (A short story on Heian Period Women Literature) [Women of Wa Country]

――――, “Bir İnterrail Seyyahının Anılarından 2, Danimarka” Sanatsal Mozaik -Journal of Arts, V.32, p. 78-82, 1998. (Photography and essay in Turkish) [A Memoir of an Interrail Traveler 2, Denmark]

――――, “Bir İnterrail Seyyahının Anılarından 1, Düşler Kenti Paris” Sanatsal Mozaik -Journal of Arts, V.31, p. 76-81, 1998.  (Photography and essay in Turkish) [A Memoir of an Interrail Traveler 1, City of Dreams Paris]

――――, “Gülzemin Hanımın Düşlerinin Dokunduğu Yerde Dökülen Mürekkeple Yazılmış Hikâyat” Hayalet Gemi -Journal of literature, arts and culture, V.24, p. 15-19, 1995. (Short story in Turkish) [A Story Written with the Ink that Spilled from Ms. Gülzemin’s Dreams]

――――, “Eşyanın Sırları Üzerine Çağrışımlar” Hayalet Gemi -Journal of literature, arts and culture, V.22, p. 22-23, 1995. (Essay in Turkish) [Connotations on Secrets of Matter]

LECTURES

Esen, E.,  “Man’yōshū- The oldest extant Japanese anthology”, Boğaziçi University, in Prof. Dr. Selçuk Esenbel’s Japanese History: From Feudal to Modern Japan I- Hist 433 course, 6.11, 2013.

NON-ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

Esen, E., A Spring Journey in Japan through Waka Poetry, Video Presentation at Koto Performer Atsuko Suetomi’s Concert: Spring Breeze from Japan, Japan Week by Istanbul Japanese Consulate, 17.03.2018. [The video with English subtitle ise available on my youtube channel]

――――, The Spring in Japanese Waka Poetry, Video Presentation at Koto Performer Atsuko Suetomi’s Concert: Japanese Koto Music and Waka Poetry, UTEF International Trabzon Literature Festival, 17.04.2018.

――――, A Spring Journey in Japan through Waka Poetry, Video Presentation at Koto Performer Atsuko Suetomi’s Concert: Spring Breeze from Japan, IFES International Fine Arts and Fine Arts Education Symposium, Sivas Cumhuriyet University, 28.4.2018.

――――, Autum Waka Poems, Video Presentation at Koto Performer Atsuko Suetomi’s Concert: Autumn Breeze from Japan, Türk-Japon Vakfı, 20.10.2017. [In the video link English subtitle is available]

――――, The Book Cover Design of Kotodama İstanbul – 『ことだま・イスタンブル』の表紙, Video presentation with Japanese subtitles, 第二回日土友好コンサート~末富敦子 [2nd Turkish-Japanese Friendship Concert by Koto Performer Atsuko Suetomi], Tokyo, 9.07.2016. [In the video link Japanese subtitle is available]

――――, The Book Cover Design of Kotodama İstanbul – 『ことだま・イスタンブル』の表紙, Video presentation with Japanese subtitles, 23.th International Tokyo Book Fair, Yunus Emre Instutute Tokyo-Stand, 23-25.09.2016. [In the video link Japanese subtitle is available]

MY ARTICLES ON esinesen.com

Esen, E., 2015, “Bilişsel Poetika Kavramının Türkçeye Aktarılması”, esinesen.com. [Article in Turkish. English title: The Term ‘Cognitive Poetics’ in Turkish: Bilişsel Poetika]

Esen, E., 2017, Japoncanın Türkçede Transkripsiyonu, esinesen.com. [rticle in Turkish. English title: The Transcription of Japanese and Turkish] (Turkish)

Esen, E. 2019, “Japonya’da Yeni Bir Dönem Başlıyor: Reiwa,” esinesen.com [rticle in Turkish. English title: A New Era in Japan: Reiwa] (Written 19.04.2019, published 30.04.2019). (Turkish)

INTERVIEWS WITH ESİN ESEN AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS ABOUT HER

Radio Broadcast on Dr. Esin Esen and her Presentation of Autumn Waka Poetry, Müzik Ataşesi Radio Program, TRT 3, 10.10.2017 (21. – 27. minutes). [Turkish ]

Karaağaç, Ece, Esin Esen ile söyleşi: “Sözün ruhu” İstanbul’da, Sabit Fikir Journal, 08, 2016. [Interview with Esin Esen: “The Sprit of the Word (Kotodama) in Istanbul] (Interview with Esin Esen on the Kotodama İstanbul as a Book Project and her Other Works) [Turkish ]

A Japanese News on the Turkish Translation of Murasaki Shikibu Nikki and the Translator Esin Esen, broadcasted on TRT Japanese, 8.05.2015. [Japanese]

On the Translation of Kapadokya’da Çatra Patralar , Asma Bahçesi TV Show, 14.01.2013, (43.46 minutes) [Turkish ]

Numata, Sayoko, “Shindo Etsuko-cho ‘Tsukiyo no Chatora Patora’ Torukogo Honyakuban Kanko ni Yosete” Waseda Journal of Islamic Sciences, Vol.9, p.141-147, 2013. [About the Turkish Translation of Tsukiyo no Chatora Patoro by Etsuku Shindō] (Contains interview with the translator Esin Esen and references to her translations) [Japanese]