报告题目：Comparative Dilemmas of the Historical Novel
报 告 人： Peter Hajdu 教授
Historical novels make up a strange genre that challenge post-modern literary theories about fictionality and possible worlds. Even if we read them intertextually, i.e. in comparison with non-fictional texts, namely historical sources or historiography, it is hard to get rid of the impression that they try to tell what really happened. Post-modern metafiction tried to drastically deconstruct such ideas, which makes us inclined to read older (not post-modern) historical novels also as theoretical essays on historicity. It is obvious that historical novels are less about the past than the present, but it is hardly a too daring hypothesis that in ages of anxiety the interest in the past usually grows. The boom of historical television series shows a delicate balance of necessary anachronism and defamiliarization, which makes the audience face the radical otherness of the past.
Péter Hajdu (1966, Budapest, Hungary) studies Literature, Greek and Latin at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, and wrote his dissertation on late Roman epic poetry. He is academic advisor at the Institute for Literary Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, also professor at Shanghai Jiao Tang University, and editor-in-chief of Neohelicon, a major international journal on comparative literature studies. Member of advisory boards of four international journals on literary studies (Proudy, Czech Republic; Frontiers of Narrative Studies, Germany; Recherche Litteraire/Literary Research, Belgium, Primerjalna književnost, Slovenia). He did extensive research in the fields of comparative literature, theory of literature, and classical philology. From 2002 to 2009 he was a member of the International Comparative Literature Association's (ICLA) Research Committee for East and South-East Europe, 2008-2014 he was member of the standing research committee for literary theory, and 2010-16 member of the ICLA Executive Council. 2002-2012 secretary, since 2016 president of Hungarian Comparative Literature Association. He lectured at various universities in Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, PR China, and Japan. He has published 6 books and more than 130 papers, many of them appeared in top ranking international journals.