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AKI, Niyazi

Literature researcher (b. 11 November 1912, Kayalar / Cuma / Greece - d. 30 September 1992, İstanbul). He is a member of a family who migrated to İstanbul because of the Balkan War. He attended Büyükçekmece Primary School (1924) İstanbul Teacher Training School (1930), and graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of French Language and Literature (1940). He worked as a primary school teacher in Çam village in the district of Germencik for five years. He studied at the Gazi Education Institute as a boarder for some time and then left school.

In 1956, after he did his doctorate degree, he was appointed as lecturer at Atatürk University, Faculty of Literature (1961). He gave New Turkish Literature lessons here as an associate professor (1964) and as a professor (1970) and retired in 1975. His collections, translation studies and articles were published in journals such as Ülkü, İstanbul, Ölçü, Akis, Yeditepe, as well as in the journals of the faculty. He is renowned for his researches on Turkish literature and theater.

WORKS:

Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu (Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu, monograph, 1960), 19. Yüzyıl Türk Tiyatrosu Tarihi (History of 19th Century Turkish Theater, 1963), Çağdaş Türk Tiyatrosuna Toplu Bakış / 1923-1967 (An Overall Look at Contemporary Turkish Theater / 1923-1967, 1968), Hadji Bektache Ou la Creation des Janissaires -Hikâye-i ibda-ı Yeniçeriyan ba Bereket-i Pîri Bektaşiyan Şeyh Hacı Bektaş Velî-i Müslüman (Story of the Creation of the Janissaries with Bektaşi* Founder Şeyh Hacı Bektaş the Muslim Veli*, 3 act drama, translated from T. Chabert, 1969), Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu'nun Tiyatrosu (Theatre of Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu, 1983), Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu'nun Hikâyeleri (Short Stories of Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu, 1985), Türk Tiyatro Edebiyatı Tarihi I (History of Turkish Theater Literature I, 1989).