Hidden Tradition: Women’s Literature in Hungary

21 January 2015, 17:00 - 19:00

Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Anna Menyhért (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) )


Hungarian literary history tends to forget about women writers, they are not included in school curricula, even if they had been well known and highly appreciated in their own times. Anna Menyhért's book Női irodalmi hagyomány (Women's Literary Tradition) was the first to explore the reasons for the amnesia. Her talk will introduce the book, participants can read and discuss Hungarian women poets in translations by George Szirtes made specially for the occassion.

Anna Menyhért is an academic and a writer, a researcher at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. She used to be the vice president of the European Writers's Council. Her research interests include women's literature, 20th century literature, cultural studies, gender studies, trauma studies, (digital) memory studies. She is the head of the Trauma and Gender in Literature and Culture Research Group. The research group works on a webpage of 20th century Hungarian women writers similar to today's social media pages. Anna Menyhért's publications include Women's Literary Tradition (Női irodalmi hagyomány, 2013) and Speaking the Unspeakable: Trauma and Literature (Elmondani az elmondhatatlant: Trauma és irodalom, 2008). She has published a volume of poetry and several books for children as well. She has recently finished writing the fictional biography of Renée Erdős, a 20th century Hungarian women writer.

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Part of Places of Amnesia Research Group seminar series