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Eötvös Loránd University

Éva Federmayer Éva Federmayer, PhD,
Associate Professor

Phone: +36 1 485 5200 / 4215
Office: Room 313


Éva Federmayer, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the Department of American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and at the Department of American Studies, University of Szeged, Hungary (part-time). She received her M.A. in English and Hungarian Language and Literature at Eötvös Loránd University and her Ph.D. in American Literature at the Hungarian Academy of Letters and Science. She studied at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the University of Minnesota, St. Paul-Minneapolis, and Yale. Eva Federmayer was the recipient of research fellowships (IREX, ACLS, USIS, Free University /Berlin/ Fellowship, and Fulbright) at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Indiana University, Bloomington, Kennedy Institute, Berlin, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She participated in various postgraduate programs and seminars in Europe and the USA, such as the Salzburg Seminar, the Stuttgart Seminar, the Pulawy Seminar and The School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College.

Besides Budapest and Szeged, she had various teaching positions and assignments at the Teacher Training Center of the University of Economics, Budapest, Kodolányi János Teacher Training College, Székesfehérvár, the University of Turku, Finland, and Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA.

Though most of her current research focuses on African American Studies, her professional interests range from literary criticism to cultural studies, critical race studies, gender studies, multiculturalism, and American women writers. Eva Federmayer is the author of Psychoanalysis and American Literary Criticism (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1983) and editor and co-author (with Irén Annus and Judith Sollosy) of the electronic textbook, Netting America: Introduction to the Culture and Literature of the United States (Budapest, 2006, sponsored by the European Union and the National Development Fund as part of the structural and contextual development of higher education in Hungary. HEFOP-3.3.1-P.-2004-09-0134/1.0). She has published on Edgar Allan Poe, Hungarian home design, Black science fiction, passing novels, and film. She is currently working on a book about discourses of race in African American culture. She has participated and given presentations at a number of conferences related to American Studies and Gender Studies in Europe and overseas.

She was co-chair of the American Association for American Studies (HAAS) from 2003 to 2007, served on the board of the László Országh Award (2000-2005), was program director of the postgraduate English Teacher Training Program of the Department of American Studies, ELTE, Budapest (1993-98), and acting director of the American Studies Ph.D. Program of Eötvös Loránd University (2002, 2004). She is on the editorial board of Americana, the electronic journal published by the University of Szeged and Erasmus coordinator for the Department of American Studies.

Research Grants and Awards, Visiting Professorships

  • Fulbright Research Grant, Univesity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (August 2007-February 2008): “Discourses of Race in African American Culture and Literature”
  • Rockefeller/IFUSS Grant, Looking North: Latin American Scholarship on the U.S., and Comparative Perspectives. International Forum for US Studies (IFUSS) WorkingConference, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, May 30 2004-June 5, 2004
  • Kellner Research Grant, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA: “Narratives of the Color Line” (April-July, 2002)
  • Free University of Berlin Fellowship, Kennedy Institute, Berlin, Germany: “African American Literature” (August, 1997)
  • U.S.I.A. Grant, Salzburg Seminar, Center for the Study of American Literature and Language, Austria: “Literature of Ethnicity in the United States” (September 23-October 6, 1995)
  • The School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College, NH, U.S.A.: “Signs, Differences, Genders: Readings in Feminist Theory” (July-August, 1994)
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington: “Challenges to Dominant Discourses: Feminist and African American Literary Criticism” (1993-94)
  • Free University of Berlin Grant, Kennedy Institute, Berlin, Germany: “Feminism in the U.S.A.” (August 1993)
  • University of Stuttgart Grant, Stuttgart Seminar, Germany: “Beyond Postmodernism” (July 1991)
  • ACLS Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A.: “Edgar Allan Poe” (1989-90)
  • Free University of Berlin Grant, Kennedy Institute, Berlin, Germany: “Edgar Allan Poe and Psychoanalytic Criticism” (June 1989)
  • U.S.I.S. Grant, Salzburg Seminar 242, Salzburg: “Canonization and Literary History” (July 1985)
  • U.S.I.S. Grant, University of Minnesota, St. Paul-Minneapolis: “American Literary criticism” (1980-81)
  • Hungarian-American Friendship Society Grant, Yale University: attending Harold Bloom’s lectures and seminars on literary criticism (1975)
  • Hungarian-American Friendship Society Grant and IREX Grant, University of Bridgeport, Conn.: majoring in American Literature (1974-75)

Research Areas

African American Literature and Culture
The New Negro Renaissance / Black Modernism
Passing and Post-passing Narratives
American Narratives of Race and the Color Line
The Representation of Blackness in American Cinema
Contemporary African American Film
Neo-slave Narratives
African American Women Writers
The History of African American Literature: The Emerging New Canon

American Literature and Criticism
Canon Revisions in American Literature
Theories of Postmodernism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
Race / Ethnicity, Class and Gender in 20th-century American Literature

Gender Studies
Paradigms of Feminist Criticism

Cultural Studies
The Americanization of Hungarian Culture and the Domestication of American Culture in Hungary

Innovative Models of Teaching and Research: Digital Humanities
Using Digital Technology to Enhance Teaching and Research


For a selected list of publications see Éva Federmayer's web page.
For a full list of publications, complete with journal articles and book chapters see the SEAS bibliographic database or

Courses in American Studies at ELTE

For courses taught in American Studies at ELTE see the course catalogue of the School of English and American Studies.