Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek
(Comparative Cultural Studies)

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The studies presented in the collected volume Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies -- edited by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Louise O. Vasvári -- are intended as an addition to scholarship in (comparative) cultural studies. More specifically, the articles represent scholarship about Central and East European culture with special attention to Hungarian culture, literature, cinema, new media, and other areas of cultural expression. On the landscape of scholarship in Central and East Europe (including Hungary), cultural studies has acquired at best spotty interest and studies in the volume aim at forging interest in the field. The volume's articles are in five parts: part one, "History Theory and Methodology of Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies," include studies on the prehistory of multicultural and multilingual Central Europe, where vernacular literatures were first institutionalized for developing a sense of national identity. Part two, "Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies and Literature and Culture" is about the re-evaluation of canonical works, as well as Jewish studies which has been explored inadequately in Central European scholarship. Part three, "Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies and Other Arts," includes articles on race, jazz, operetta, and art, fin-de-siècle architecture, communist-era female fashion, and cinema. In part four, "Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies and Gender," articles are about aspects of gender and sex(uality) with examples from fin-de-siècle transvestism, current media depictions of heterodox sexualities, and gendered language in the workplace. The volume's last section, part five, "Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies of Contemporary Hungary," includes articles about post-1989 issues of race and ethnic relations, citizenship and public life, and new media.
 

About Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek

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Steven Totosy de Zepetnek's areas of scholarship include (comparative) literature and cultural studies, comparative media and communication studies, postcolonial studies, and migration and ethnic minority studies. He is the editor of the journal CLCWeb and series editor of the Comparative Cultural Studies. Louise O. Vasvari is professor emerita at Stony Brook University. Since 2000 she has taught in the Department of Linguistics at New York University, at the University of Szeged, and at Central European University. Vasvari works in medieval studies, historical and socio-linguistics, translation theory, Holocaust studies, and Hungarian cultural studies, all informed by gender theory within a broader framework of comparative cultural studies.
 
Published August 12, 2011 by Purdue University Press. 386 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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