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Introduction to Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies

Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Louise O. Vasvári

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pp. 1-8

The articles presented in this volume are intended as an addition to scholarship in comparative cultural studies and the study of Central and East European culture with special attention to Hungarian culture. The studies in the volume are from a wide array of fields in the humanities and social...

Part One: History, Theory, and Methodology for Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies

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The Study of Hungarian Culture as Comparative Central European Cultural Studies

Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Louise O. Vasvári

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pp. 11-33

In their article, "The Study of Hungarian Culture as Comparative Central European Cultural Studies," Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Louise O. Vasvári outline a theoretical and methodological approach for the study of Hungarian culture as based on tenets of comparative Central European cultural...

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Literacy, Culture, and History in the Work of Thienemann and Hajnal

András Kiséry

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pp. 34-46

In his article, "Literacy, Culture, and History in the Work of Thienemann and Hajnal," András Kiséry discusses the path-breaking work of the Hungarian literary historians Tivadar (Theodor) Thienemann and István Hajnal. Kiséry first outlines Thienemann's major contribution to...

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Vámbéry, Victorian Culture, and Stoker's Dracula

David Mandler

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pp. 47-58

In his article, "Vámbéry, Victorian Culture, and Stoker's Dracula," David Mandler discusses the work of Ármin (Arminius) Vámbéry (1832-1913). Vámbéry's first book in English details his 1863-64 pioneering journey to Central Asia in the guise of a mendicant dervish. Subsequently, Vámbéry enjoyed...

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Memory and Modernity in Fodor's Geographical Work on Hungary

Steven Jobbitt

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pp. 59-71

In his article, "Memory and Modernity in Fodor's Geographical Work on Hungary," Steven Jobbitt argues that the existential anxiety which compelled the nationalist geographer Ferenc Fodor to develop a distinctly psychological approach to post-World War II Hungarian geography was...

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The Fragmented (Cultural) Body in Polcz's Asszony a fronton (A Woman on the Front)

Louise O. Vasvári

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pp. 72-86

In her article, "The Fragmented (Cultural Body) in Polcz's Asszony a fronton (A Woman on the Front)," Louise O. Vasvári discusses an example of self-contradictory life writing. The term life writing is a useful categorization for this text, since Hungarian critics and scholars have referred to it...

Part Two: Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies of Literature and Culture

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Contemporary Hungarian Literary Criticism and the Memory of the Socialist Past

Györgyi Horváth

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pp. 89-101

In her article, "Contemporary Hungarian Literary Criticism and the Memory of the Socialist Past," Györgyi Horváth addresses whether the memory of the cultural policy of the Kádár regime, during which the politicization of the aesthetic was an everyday experience, still has an...

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The Absurd as a Form of Realism in Hungarian Literature

Lilla Tőke

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pp. 102-112

In her article, "The Absurd as a Form of Realism in Hungarian Literature," Lilla Tőke postulates that the absurd is usually discussed within the framework of aesthetic and philosophical modernism. Scholars of the absurd describe it as a genre of high modernism, as part of the...

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On the German and English Versions of Márai's A gyertyák csonkig égnek (Die Glut and Embers)

Peter Sherwood

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pp. 113-122

In his article, "On the German and English Versions of Márai's A gyertyák csonkig égnek (Die Glut and Embers)," Peter Sherwood discusses aspects of Sándor Márai's 1942 novel A gyertyák csonkig égnek in their German and English translations. The 2001 translation of the novel by Carol Brown Janeway is a...

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Exile, Homeland, and Milieu in the Oral Lore of Carpatho-Rusyn Jews

Ilana Rosen

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pp. 123-136

In her article, "Exile, Homeland, and Milieu in the Oral Lore of Carpatho-Rusyn Jews," Ilana Rosen analyzes oral narratives of Central and East European Jewish communities. The Jewish people have spent most of their lifetime outside their Promised Land. Accordingly, their ethos, as reflected...

Part Three: Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies and the Other Arts

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Nation, Gender, and Race in the Ragtime Culture of Millennial Budapest

Éva Federmayer

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pp. 139-149

In her article, "Nation, Gender, and Race in the Ragtime Culture of Millennial Budapest," Éva Federmayer discusses the racialized and gendered construction of a distinct cultural space of Budapest—a city home to a specific flavor of humor, cosmopolitanism, and blasé urbanity, the main components of...

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Jewish (Over)tones in Viennese and Budapest Operetta

Ivan SandersIvan Sanders

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pp. 150-160

In his article, "Jewish (Over)tones in Viennese and Budapest Operetta," Ivan Sanders discusses the rarely analysed fact that many of the people responsible for the "Silver Age" of Central European operetta—composers, lyricists, producers, actors—were assimilated Jews. Sanders shows that...

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Curtiz, Hungarian Cinema, and Hollywood

Catherine PortugesCatherine Portuges

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pp. 161-170

In her article, "Curtiz, Hungarian Cinema, and Hollywood," Catherine Portuges discusses Michael Curtiz (born Mihály Kaminer, 1888-1962), who was one of early Hollywood's most prolific and colorful directors of film. Born to an orthodox Hungarian Jewish family Budapest, Curtiz studied...

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Lost Dreams and Sacred Visions in the Art of Ámos

Debra PfisterDebra Pfister

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pp. 171-181

In her article, "Lost Dreams and Sacred Visions in the Art of Ámos," Debra Pfister explores the life and work of the Hungarian artist Imre Ámos. Coming of age as an artist in the troubled days of the 1930s, Ámos spent most of his career trying to find his way within the diverse Hungarian...

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Art Nouveau and Hungarian Cultural Nationalism

Megan Brandow-FallerMegan Brandow-Faller

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pp. 182-194

In her article, "Art Nouveau and Hungarian Cultural Nationalism," Megan Brandow-Faller explores aspects of the Magyarization of fin-de-siècle Budapest's cultural landscape. Hungarian Art Nouveau was a phenomenon that fabricated essentialist and folkish roots from the glory...

Part Four: Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies and Gender Studies

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Hungarian Political Posters, Clinton, and the (Im)possibility of Political Drag

Erzsébet Barát

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pp. 197-207

In her article, "Hungarian Political Posters, Clinton, and the (Im)possibility of Political Drag," Erzsébet Barát explores the contested relationship between entertainment and politics, challenging the unproductive denunciation of the coupling of politics with popular culture. Barát argues that politics and popular...

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The Cold War, Fashion, and Resistance in 1950s Hungary

Katalin Medvedev

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pp. 208-219

In her article, "The Cold War, Fashion, and Resistance in 1950s Hungary," Katalin Medvedev discusses the social, ideological, and economic differences between the United States and Hungary during the 1950s through the examination of the expressive features of women's dress. In her analysis, Medvedev explains how...

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Sándor/Sarolta Vay, a Gender Bender in Fin-de-Siècle Hungary

Anna Borgos

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pp. 220-231

In her article, "Sándor/Sarolta Vay, a Gender Bender in Fin-de-Siècle Hungary," Anna Borgos introduces a Hungarian journalist of the turn of the twentieth century, Sándor (Sarolta) Vay, who was born a woman, but was raised and lived the life of a traditional gentry...

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Women Managers Communicating Gender in Hungary

Nóra Schleicher

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pp. 232-244

In her article, "Women Managers Communicating Gender in Hungary," Nóra Schleicher presents an overview focusing on two examples of strategic language use affected by specific conceptions of gender. In one case the frequent use of English borrowings, while speaking Hungarian, is identified as...

Part Five: Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies of Contemporary Hungary

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Commemoration and Contestation of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary

John Joseph Cash

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pp. 247-258

In his article, "Commemoration and Contestation of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary," John Joseph Cash discusses aspects memory and ritual. Commemorations mediate the meaning of the events as part of the discourse of power between political elites and other citizens. They are rituals that help reinforce social...

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About the Jewish Renaissance in Post-1989 Hungary

Kata Zsófia Vincze

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pp. 259-269

In her article, "About the Jewish Renaissance in Post-1989 Hungary," Kata Zsófia Vincze presents perspectives in order to address the following questions: what are the reasons for braking with the Jewish traditions and why did half a century later...

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Aspects of Contemporary Hungarian Literature and Cinema

Ryan Michael Kehoe

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pp. 270-283

In his article, "Aspects of Contemporary Hungarian Literature and Cinema," Ryan Michael Kehoe discusses aspects of the concept of necropolitics (Mbembe) applied to contemporary Hungarian literature and cinema. Kehoe argues that his analysis...

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Linguistic Address Systems in Post-1989 Hungarian Urban Discourse

Erika Sólyom

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pp. 284-295

In her article, "Linguistic Address Systems in Post-1989 Hungarian Urban Discourse," Erika Sólyom analyzes the shifting sociolinguistic landscape of the post- 1989 era in Budapest order to find out whether there exists a linguistic shift towards informality and if so, what are the societal implications connected to...

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Images of Roma in Post-1989 Hungarian Media

László Kürti

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pp. 296-307

In his article, "Images of Roma in Post-1989 Hungarian Media," László Kürti discusses Hungarian television and comic programming that show Roma as the main protagonists. In particular, Kürti draws on two programs, Bazi nagy roma lagzi (The Big Roma Wedding) and the...

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The Budapest Cow Parade and the Construction of Cultural Citizenship

Lajos Császi and Mary Gluck

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pp. 308-319

In their article, "The Budapest Cow Parade and the Construction of Cultural Citizenship," Lajos Császi and Mary Gluck explore the implications of "new forms of global consciousness and cultural competency" (Jenkins) by looking at the example...

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Urbanities of Budapest and Prague as Communicated in New Municipal Media

Agata Anna Lisiak

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pp. 320-331

In her article, "Urbanities of Budapest and Prague as Communicated in New Municipal Media," Agata Anna Lisiak analyses websites of Central European capital cities Budapest and Prague. The growing uniformity of urban life—a byproduct of globalization and European Unionization—prompts cities to emphasize their...

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The Anti-Other in Post-1989 Austria and Hungary

Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek

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pp. 332-344

Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek's article, "The Anti-Other in Post-1989 Austria and Hungary," is about selected aspects of the situation of Jews and Roma since the end of the Soviet empire. While Austria has not been under Soviet occupation, as have...

Part Six: Bibliography for the Study of Hungarian Culture

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Salzani Selected Bibliography for Work in Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies

Louise O. Vasvári, Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek, and Carlo Salzani

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pp. 347-370

This selected bibliography of works for the study of Hungarian culture is with focus on scholarship published since 1989. The bibliography includes English-language studies only and with attention to cover a wide range of topics in diverse disciplines, periods, and fields. Selected single-authored books and...

Index

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pp. 371-376