Born and raised in Istanbul, Elifnaz Kayhan is an MA student in Interdisciplinary Studies at New York University. She completed her undergraduate studies in French and Comparative Literature at Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. She got her master’s degree in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Connecticut where she taught French language classes at UConn’s Storrs campus. She wrote her MA thesis on the 20th century French writer Jean Genet and on his novel Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs (Our Lady of the Flowers) in which he challenges the reader by reversing the cultural taboos of 20th-century conservative France through the rejection of socially-accepted gender roles. In her work, she questions to what extent the writer deconstructs heteronormative social structures through the glorifying depiction of transgenders alienated from bourgeois society.
The link to my thesis : https://opencommons.uconn.edu/gs_theses/1506/