Critical Recognition of Women's Literature in Hungary: Reception of the 'Kitakart Psyché' Series, 2005-2011


  • Rachel Miller Center for Jewish History



women's literature, women's writing, Zsuzsa Forgács, literary community, feminism, sexuality


With the appearance in 2005 of Éjszakai állatkert. Antológia a női szexualitásról (Night Zoo. An Anthology of Women's Sexuality), the first volume of the Kitakart Psyché (Uncovered Psyche) anthology series, women's literature finally started to generate serious discussion in the Hungarian literary community. This paper examines the series as a whole, the editors, the contributors, the critical response, as well as the events surrounding publication.

Author Biography

Rachel Miller, Center for Jewish History

Rachel Miller is Senior Project Archivist at the Center for Jewish History in New York where she processes and oversees digitization of Holocaust-related archival materials. Also a literary translator, she has translated the prose of Erzsébet Galgóczi, Agáta Gordon, Noémi Kiss and Krisztina Tóth for Hungarian Literature Online and Das Magazin der Kulturstiftung des Bundes. She has contributed book reviews of contemporary Hungarian women's literature to Hungarian Literature Online. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. She studied Hungarian and literary translation at the Balassi Institute in Budapest from 2004 to 2006. She is currently researching Rózsa Bédy-Schwimmer and her contributions to women’s archives.






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