Contemporary Hungarian Women’s Writing and Cosmopolitanism

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Ágnes Györke


This article investigates contemporary Hungarian women’s writing in the context of cosmopolitan feminism. The literary works explored are Noémi Szécsi’s The Finno-Ugrian Vampire, Noémi Kiss’s Trans and Virág Erdős’s Luminous Bodies: 100 Little Budapest, which I read as examples of a cosmopolitan feminist engagement with urban space. As opposed to the Kantian concept of cosmopolitanism, which has been critiqued for failing to take the experiences of particular social groups and geographical regions into account, cosmopolitan feminism focuses on the local and the embodied. The discussed texts thematise border crossing both on the level of form and content, while they engage with the mundane, affective aspects of everyday life in an emphatically urban setting. This cosmopolitan feminism challenges parochial, heavy, national literary traditions and points towards a distinct feminist
aesthetics in contemporary Hungarian literature.


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Györke, Ágnes. (2020). Contemporary Hungarian Women’s Writing and Cosmopolitanism. Porównania, 27(2), 235-246.
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Ágnes Györke, Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem

Ágnes Györke is Associate Professor of English at Károli Gáspár University’s Institute of English Studies, Budapest, Hungary. She was a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University (2002–2003), the University of Bristol (January 2015), King’s College London (June 2015), the University of Leeds (June-October 2016) and a Research Fellow at Central European University’s Institute for Advanced Study (2012–2013). Her recent publications include “Doris Lessing’s London Observed and the Limits of Empathy,” Etudes Anglaises 70.1 (2017): 63–77 and “Stories from Elsewhere: The City as a Transnational Place in Doris Lessing’s Fiction,” From Transnational to Translational: Literature, Gender, Translation, ed. Sibelan Forrester, Jasmina Lukic and Borbála Faragó. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2019. Her edited volume entitled Geographies of Affect in Contemporary Literature and Visual Culture: Central Europe and the West is to be published by Brill in 2020 (co-editor: Imola Bülgözdi). E-mail:


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