This course offers an introduction to the Hungarian literature of the twentieth century. It is open to undergraduates as well as graduates.
The main topics to be discussed are: 1) Socio-economic modernization and literary modernity at the beginning of the twentieth century; 2) the role of Hungary in the culture of the Habsburg Monarchy; 3) such trends as Naturalism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Expressionism; 4) the influence of Freud and Marx; 5) the conflict between urbanization and Populism in the inter-war period; 6) Socialist Realism and its opposition (religious poetry, individualist parables, Samizdat publications, Postmodernism) in the years 1947-1996.
All texts will be read in English translation. Students familiar with the Hungarian language will be encouraged to compare a few translations with the originals.
Exams: Midterm and final examination.
Papers: Graduates will be required to write a paper on a topic to be chosen in consultation with the instructor. Undergraduates are not expected to prepare a paper.