Nurdan Gurbilek is a literary critic, editor, and writer. She was born in Turkey in 1956. She is the author of Living in a Shop Window, an analysis of the cultural dynamics of the 1980s in Turkey. Her other publications include Shifting Shadow and Homework, collections of essays on modern Turkish writers. After Bad Boy Turk, an analysis of the significant images and tropes in modern Turkish literature and popular culture, she published Orient Lost, which explores the sexual anxieties accompanying the Ottoman-Turkish literary modernization, and Language of the Downtrodden, which deals with Dostoyevsky's "underground tragedy" and its counterparts in modern Turkish literature.