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Enikő Bollobás

Eötvös Loránd University
Enikő Bollobás literary critic

Enikő Bollobás

literary critic, professor, DSc, corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Department of American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Enikő Bollobás

  • Enikő Bollobás is Professor of Literature at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest. Co-founder of the Department of American Studies, she acted as Department Chair between 1997 and 2017.

  • A graduate of ELTE with an M. A. in English and General Linguistics (1975), Ms. Bollobás obtained her Dr. Univ. in American Literature (1978), received her C. Sc. (Ph.D.) in Literature at the Hungarian Academy of Letters and Sciences (1984), her Habilitation in Literature at ELTE (2004), and her D.Litt. (D.Sc.) from the Hungarian Academy of Letters and Sciences (2009).

  • She did her postgraduate work in Minneapolis (University of Minnesota) and La Jolla (University of California, San Diego), was research fellow for three years at the Hungarian Academy of Letters and Sciences (1979–82), and recipient of the Széchenyi Professorial grant (1999–2002). Twice she was Visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Oregon in Eugene (1986–1987, 1996), teaching courses in American and Hungarian Literature. She was also IFUSS (International Forum for U. S. Studies) Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Iowa in 1998 and 2000, and Visiting Fulbright scholar at UCSD (University of California, San Diego) in 2005. Co-Chair of the Hungarian Association for American Studies between 2001 and 2003, Dr. Bollobás has been International Advisory Board Member of IFUSS (International Forum for U.S. Studies) since 2000.

  • Her professional interests range from theories of modernism and postmodernism, American modern and postmodern literatures, the traditions of experimentation and avant-garde, and free verse prosodies to post-deconstruction theories, feminist theory and criticism, American studies theories, and Hungarian literature.

  • She has published seven books on American literature:

    • Az amerikai irodalom rövid története [A Concise History of American Literature] (Budapest: Osiris, 2015)

    • Vendégünk a végtelenből. Emily Dickinson költészete [Our Visitor from Infinitude: Emily Dickinson's Poetry] (Budapest: Balassi, 2015)

    • Egy képlet nyomában. Karakterelemzések az amerikai és a magyar irodalomból [In Search of a Formula: Analyzing American and Hungarian Literary Characters] (Budapest: Balassi, 2012)

    • They Aren't, Until I Call Them: On Doing Things with Words in Literature (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010)

    • Az amerikai irodalom története [A History of American Literature] (Budapest: Osiris, 2005)

    • Charles Olson (New York: Twayne, 1992)

    • Tradition and Innovation in American Free Verse (Budapest: Akadémiai, 1986)

  • Her numerous essays have appeared in international and Hungarian scholarly journals (among them, American Quarterly, Arcade, Emily Dickinson JournalJournal of Pragmatics, Language and Style, Modern Philology, Paideuma, Word and Image; Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, Americana, Jelenkor, Holmi, PompejiHelikonMűútA DunánálNagyvilágMagyar Napló).

  • Enikő Bollobás has lectured internationally at conferences from Strasbourg to New Delhi, has been invited speaker at various universities, including such prestigious schools as Cambridge University (England), Yale, Berkeley, Stanford, Georgetown, George Washington University, UCSD, and the University Iowa. She has also been invited to speak at numerous research institutions such as Brookings, Smithsonian, Chautauqua, American Jewish Committee, Meridian House, Freedom House, and the Wiesenthal Center.

  • During the 1980s, Ms. Bollobás was active in the political opposition. As part of her commitment to human rights, in 1989 she founded the Szeged-based political discussion group Hungarian Feminists, the first non-communist organization to address women's issues. A dedicated Atlanticist, dr. Bollobás was Vice-Chair (1992–1994) and Secretary General (1994–1996) of the Hungarian Atlantic Council, a civic organization lobbying at the time for Hungary's NATO membership.

  • A graduate of Senior Managers in Government at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Enikő Bollobás worked in government administration between 1990 and 1994: as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington D. C., and as Director of the Department of Atlantic and Israeli Affairs of Hungarian Foreign Ministry. Her opinion pieces at the time appeared in The Washington Post and The International Herald Tribune, and were incorporated into the Congressional Record of the United States Congress.

  • Recipient of several awards in recognition of her scholarly achievement, Professor Bollobás was awarded the HUSSE Best Book Award in 2009, the László Országh Prize in 2011, the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic and the Albert Szent-Györgyi Prize in 2013, and the Essay Prize of the Hungarian journal Irodalmi Jelen in 2015.

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