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Author Teleky, Richard, 1946-

Title Hungarian rhapsodies [electronic resource] : essays on ethnicity, identity, and culture / Richard Teleky.

Imprint [Seattle] : University of Washington Press, ©1997.

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Description 1 online resource (xv, 217 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-205) and index.
Summary Like the renowned American writer Edmund Wilson, who began to learn Hungarian at the age of 65, Richard Teleky started his study of that difficult language as an adult. Unlike Wilson, he is a third-generation Hungarian American with a strong desire to understand how his ethnic background has affected the course of his life. He writes with clarity, perception, and humor about a subject of importance to many North Americans - reconciling their contemporary identity with a heritage from another country. But more than a collection of essays on ethnicity by a talented writer, the book is structured to share with the reader insights on language, literature, art, and community from a cultural perspective. The book is also unified by the author's attention to certain concerns, including the meaning of multiculturalism, the power of a language to shape one's thinking, the persistence of anti-Semitism, the significance of displacement and nostalgia in emigration, the importance of understanding the past, the need for a narrative tradition in the writing of fiction, and the power of books in Central Europe. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the book makes a contribution to several fields: Central European and Hungarian studies; North American immigrant and ethnic studies; contemporary literature; comparative literature; and popular culture.
Contents Preface ; A Note on Hungarian Names ; Playtime: Adult Language Learning, Edmund Wilson, and Me ; ""What the Moment Told Me"" : The Photographs of Andre Kertesz ; The Archives of St. Elizabeth of Hungary ; Without Words: Hungarians in North American Fiction ; The Empty Box: Hollywood Ethnicity and Joe Eszterhas ; A Short Dictionary of Hungarian Stereotypes and Kitsch ; Visiting Pannonia ; Toward a Course on Central European Literature in Translation ; The Poet as Translator: Margaret Avison's ""Hungarian Snap"" ; Introducing Peter Esterhazy
""What Comes After"" : Hungarian Voices, Summer 1993 The Third Generation and the ""Problem"" of Ethnicity ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Credits ; Index
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Subject Hungary -- Civilization.
Hungarians -- Foreign countries -- Ethnic identity.
Hungarian Americans -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Teleky, Richard, 1946- Hungarian rhapsodies. [Seattle] : University of Washington Press, ©1997 0295975822 (DLC) 97006355 (OCoLC)36423448
ISBN 9780295800172 (electronic bk.)
0295800178 (electronic bk.)