In: World Literature Studies, vol. 9, no. 4
Year, pages: 2017, 89 - 102
Women’s literature. Hungarian literature. Mythology. Feminine self-expression.
Article type: štúdie / articles
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The author in this paper analyses the poetry of two Hungarian poetesses, Anna Lesznai and Anna Hajnal, from the perspective of myth as a means of feminine self-expression. Anna Lesznai (1885–1966) belonged to the first, while Anna Hajnal (1907–1977) belonged to the third generation of the journal Nyugat (1908–1941). The theoretical background relates to women’s studies, while, starting from myth as an energy reaching back to women’s own identity and lineage, also relies on the results of the French feminist school. In the works of Anna Lesznai and Anna Hajnal, the uncovering of the mythical layers of poetry is intertwined with the modes of expression of female identity. Lesznai’s typical alter ego, Melusine, who is not accepted back by nature, breaks from her partner as well as her children. Anna Hajnal melds together the Greek and Jewish traditions, making Greek deities a part of her own private mythology.
How to cite:
Polgár, A. 2017. Myth and feminine self-expression in the poetry of Anna Lesznai and Anna Hajnal. In World Literature Studies, vol. 9, no.4, pp. 89-102. 1337-9275.
Polgár, A. (2017). Myth and feminine self-expression in the poetry of Anna Lesznai and Anna Hajnal. World Literature Studies, 9(4), 89-102. 1337-9275.
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