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Gendered Narrative Subjectivity

Some Hungarian and American Women Writers

Edit Zsadányi

This book wants to make Hungarian women writers accessible to an English-speaking public and presents interpretations of Hungarian and American literary texts by writers such as Margit Kaffka, Anna Lesznai, Jolán Földes, Zsuzsa Rakovszky, Agáta Gordon, Virág Erdős, Zsuzsa Forgács, Alaine Polcz, Gertrude Stein, Kathy Acker and Jhumpa Lahiri. In literary narratives it is possible to represent female political interests in a decentered narrative subjectivity. The book illustrates that literary narratives readily accept the contradictory nature of identity issues and create an exciting and complex network of articulating female voices.

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Acknowledgements ...............................................................................................7 Introduction ............................................................................................................9 Chapter 1: Subjectivity, Narrativity and Gender Identity ...........................................................................13 Chapter 2: Figures of Narrative Subjectivity in the Works of Margit Kaffka, Emma Ritoók, Jolán Földes and Anna Lesznai ............................................31 Chapter 3: Narrative Conceptions of Identity and Otherness in the Works of Contemporary Hungarian Female Writers ............................................................................65 Chapter 4: Decentered Subjectivity in Gertrude Stein’s Three Lives and Kathy Acker’s Don Quixote ...................91 Chapter 5: Speaking from the Margin: Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons and Agáta Gordon’s Goat Rouge [Kecskerúzs] ..................................................... 101 Chapter 6: Detailed Description as Subjectivity Formation: Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and Jolán Földes’ The Street of the Fishing Cat .................... 119 Conclusion ...................................................................................................131 6Works Cited ......................................................................................................... 135 Illustrations ......................................................................................................... 145 Index ....................................................................................................................... 147

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