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Research areas

Research areas

Theories of literature and language

  • modern and postmodern narrative techniques and figures (narrative intersubjectivity, metalepsis, rhizome)

  • canon theories

  • speech acts in literature

  • irony as speech act

  • performativity in literary texts

  • performative subjectivation (theoretical paradigms, modes)

  • catachresis as the figure of meaning extension

  • word power, Biblical word power


Poetry: history and theory

  • free verse prosodies, paradigms of free verse (vers libre and vers libéré, grammetrics, visual rhythm, measures of attention)

  • paradigms of modern and postmodern poetry (American innovative traditions [radical modernism, early postmodernism, Charles Bernstein and the Language poets, Augusto de Campos], concrete poetry, visuality, poetry of attention)

  • metaphoric and catachretic writing

  • mask lyric and Bildung poetry

  • superposed traditions in American poetry

  • Emily Dickinson

  • Charles Olson and the Black Mountain poets

  • Imagism

  • the female tradition

  • the American long poem

American literature, American Studies

  • the history of American literature (canonicity, canon theories)

  • Black Mountain College as intellectual center

  • modes of subjectivation in American fiction

  • theories of American Studies (paradigms, paradigm changes)

  • versions of American individualism

  • American and Hungarian Anabaptism (the Amish-Habán connection)


Hungarian literature, Hungarian Studies

  • contemporary Hungarian poetry

  • Hungarian poetry in English

  • the performative construction of the subject in Hungarian literature (Ignotus, Dezső Kosztolányi, Antal Szerb, Margit Kaffka, Sándor Márai, Imre Kertész, Erzsébet Galgóczi, Péter Nádas, Géza Szőcs, Zsuzsa Rácz)

  • intersubjective triangles in Hungarian literature (Antal Szerb, Sándor Márai, Péter Nádas)

  • Hungarians in America

Issues of gender

  • women’s literature, women writers

  • the female subject in literature

  • performative constructions of gender in literature

  • communism, post-communism, and feminism


Issues of Jewish culture

  • performativity in the Bible

  • American Jewish literature

  • Jewish philosophy of joy

  • Sándor Scheiber, scholar rabbi

  • philosemitism

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