Mihály Szegedy-Maszák received his Ph.D. degree from Eötvös Loránd University in 1967. His research interest is cultural studies, comparative literature, interaction studies, narratology, structuralism and translation, romanticism, nationalism, modernism and postmodernism. His current project includes a new history of Hungarian literature, ideologies, literature and music. He is Professor of Central Eurasian Studies; Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature) at Indiana University, Bloomington and professor of Comparative Literature, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He is full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, vice president of the Association Internationale de Littérature Comparée, and holder of the Széchenyi-prize (2003).
Some of his most recent publications: (2001) Literary Canons: National and International. Budapest: Akadémiai, (1998) 'Literature and the Arts from the Beginning of the 19th Century until Today', in L. Kósa, ed., A Companion to Hungarian Studies, Budapest: Adadémiai, pp 345-465, (1999) Epocke - Text – Modalitaet, Tübingen: Niemeyer.