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This e-book desires to make Hungarian ladies writers available to an English-speaking public and provides interpretations of Hungarian and American literary texts through writers equivalent to 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 really is attainable to symbolize girl political pursuits in a decentered narrative subjectivity. The publication illustrates that literary narratives easily settle for the contradictory nature of id concerns and create a thrilling and complicated community of articulating girl voices.

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Suddenly, she stopped at the door – she thought she heard the dry, impatient thump of a walking stick from within. ’ Margit Kaffka, Színek és évek, (Budapest: Szépirodalmi, 1973 [1911]), 145. 16 Sok holmi volt itt. Két ágy, ágyneműkkel, mindennel, ami kell, egy dívány egy kony­ hakredenc, egy asztal. Báthory úr kinyitotta a szekrényeket. Mutogatta az asszony fehérneműit, melyek kimosva, mintegy érintetlenül álltak ott: hat ing, három alsószok­ nya, három hálórékli, egy piros himalájakendő. Nagy tisztelettel, becsüléssel beszélt vele.

When the enumeration continues, it follows the logic of how objects of desire emerge, and separately points out this physical desire, especially when the beauty of youth is also mentioned side by side – which allows us to reinterpret the final parting scene. In the parting scene, embracing the yielding body, and touching her hair and saying, ‘I want this, too…’ can also mean physical desire, and this, too can also mean the girl’s yielding body, rather than her decision to marry another. Finally, in the last sentence, the repetition of simple and calm denotes an endless stream of marriages without passion or desire, naturalizing them, speaking not only of the irreversible tragedy of a bad decision, but also of the century-old cultural narrative of the relationship between marriage, stifling desires, and women’s fate.

Emma Ritoók, Ellenséges világ [Hostile World] (Budapest: Nyugat, 1913), 54. ’ Ritoók, Emma, Négyen a tűz körül [Four Around the Fire] (Budapest: Politzer Zsigmond és Fia, 1911), 17. 45 situation lead to divorce. Hanna’s thoughts thus point out the contradictions of forming a feminine identity, and the issues that surround the shaping of feminine subjectivity in the twentieth century – ‘In this eternally monotone, gray life, even tragedies last but a few moments, and come and fade, unprepared, almost without you even knowing, leaving no trace behind’.

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