Melih Levi is a graduate student in Comparative Literature. He studies 20th century modernist poetry and post-war departures from modernism in English, Turkish and German. His English translation of Ahmet Mithat's Felatun Bey and Rakım Efendi, one of the first Ottoman novels, was published by Syracuse University Press. He dissertation proposes plainness as a rhetorical strategy that informs self-conscious departures from modernism. He is also interested in 20th-century Jewish theories of language and identity advanced by philosophers like Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin.