Instructor: Márta Siklós
The aim of this course is to give you an opportunity to explore certain aspects of Hungarian attitudes, thinking and cultural traditions. Besides our discussion of some outstanding representatives of Hungarian literature, film, music and art, you will be asked to contribute to the classes with mini presentations based either on research or on your real-life experiences in Hungary. With the twentieth century in our focus, an essential context for these works will be the historical one but you will also be encouraged to take advantage of learning about Hungarian culture “live”. Our program will include visits to the Opera, the National Gallery and the National Theatre/ Palace of Arts.
During the term, students will be required to:
1. Introduction – Emblematic stories/poems and a brief
overview of Hungarian history -
2. Growing up to be a “Hungarian”: A children’s classic: The Paul Street Boys Response to the novel
Architectural styles in Budapest *Bring a building!
3. The fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy– Sunshine Part 1.
Kosztolányi: Anna Édes Response to the novel
4. Hungary between the two world wars – Sunshine Part 2.
The poetry of Attila József Attila József
5. Socialist Hungary up to the 1956 revolution - Sunshine Part 3.
extracts from a Book of Memories by P.Nádas and
A Little Hungarian Pornography by P. Esterházy
6. Socialist Hungary – The Kádár era János Kádár
Stories by István Örkény and P.Esterházy Esterházy: The Transporters
7. Hungarian music Ferenc Liszt Béla Bartók Zoltán Kodály
complemented by Opera visit (time flexible)
8. Growing up in the 60s - A film by Péter Gothár: Time Stands Still Response to the film
9. The change of regime - Stories by Sándor Tarr, poems by György Petri
Social, political issues of contemporary Hungary
10. A visit to the National Gallery *“Bring” a painting for the next class!
11. Fateless – a (Nobel Prize winning) novel by Imre Kertész Kertész: Khaddish for a Child Unborn
12. The showing of a contemporary Hungarian film. Response to the film
13. A visit to the National Theatre/ Palace of Arts
14. Wind-up – *Bring a city from Hungary!!