Stereotypes of Finland in Travel Books
Keywords: national stereotypes, national characterology, travel writing, Finland, Hungarian–Finnish relations
This article discusses the stereotypes over Finnish landscape, sauna, kinship and „the Finnish miracle” in Hungarian travel writing. Futher, the role of travel writing in the forming of the image of Finland in Hungary is examined.
Homogeneous Space, Love, Fate. The dimensions of Secularization in Rosa Liksom’s Unohdettu vartti (1986, the Hollow of the Lapse of Memory, short stories)
Keywords: Finnish literature, Rosa Liksom, secularization, love, sexuality, fate
The article starts with the discussion of the allegiance, how it relates to secularization and how in certain short stories of Rosa Liksom’s book it correlates with love relations. After discussing how the topic of love relations and sexuality appears in this book and suggesting a historical explanation for the importance of this topic in the modern society, the text moves on to the question of fate. The meditations of some of the protagonists on this matter, as well as the sense of pointlessness and/or of being lost that other characters have, make me advance the hypothesis that the (not so) imaginary world of the collection tends towards lack of fate and norms.
There are no Paths in the Puszta
Keywords: national stereotypes, national identity, school books, Finno-Ugric languages and cultures
The image of Hungary in Finnish school books is examined. Its character, changes in time and its place in the context of Finno-Ugric languages and cultures as well as its role in the construction of the Finnish national identity are discussed.
Hungarian Studies in the University of Jyväskylä
Keywords: Finland, University of Jyväskylä, Hungarian studies, Finno-Ugric Paradigm
This article describes the genesis and structure of Hungarian Studies in the University of Jyväskylä. The principles of an independent Hungarian Studies programme beyond the auspices of the Finno-Ugric paradigm are discussed.
Reflections of a Finnish Linguist on the Roumanian Bánság
Keywords: Romania, Bánság (Banat), linguistics, linguistic ideologies, national minorities, Hungarian–Finnish relations
This writing reviews the background, fieldwork, data, method, aims, researcher position and ethical questions of the author’s PhD project on multilingualism and language ideologies in the Roumanian Bánság.
Writing – a Curious Subject of Academic Interest
Keywords: creative writing, university curricula, University of Jyväskylä, European Network of Creative Wrtiting
This article deals with the problematics of creative writing as an academic field: its place in the university curriculum and in the academic world as well as the ways writing can be taught are discussed.
The History of Jyväskylä
Keywords: Jyväskylä, history, university, landscape, architecture, Alvar Aalto
This writing deals with the historical development of Jyväskylä into a town, its landscape, architecture (especially the influence of Alvar Aalto) and on the genesis and role of the University of Jyväskylä.
On the Finnish Translations of János Pilinszky
Keywords: János Pilinszky, Anna-Maija Raittila, Hungarian poetry, translation
The Poems of János Pilinszky have been translated into Finnish by Anna-Maija Raittila. The work of Raittila is briefly reviewed.
Otto Manninen– The Translator of Hungarian Poetry into Finnish
Keywords: Otto Manninen, Hungarian poetry, János Arany, Sándor PetŇĎfi, translation
Otto Manninen has been the most famous translator of PetŇĎfi. The role of PetŇĎfi in Finland is discussed.
Temporary Exhibition – Temporary Remembrance? Reflections on Research on Exhibitions of Liberation.
Keywords: Hungarian Revolution of 1956, politics in art, liberation exhibitions
This writing reflects on the genesis of a PhD project on liberation exhibitions after 1956. The choice of theme, perspective and collecting data are discussed.
Shadows in a Kaurismäki Paradise: Reflections on Finnish Cinema
Keywords: Finnish cinema, cinematographic styles, Aki Kaurismäki, landscapes, nostalgia
The Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki is an internationally well-known director, whose films have been under ongoing scrutiny for over 20 years. Finnish landscape, urban feelings, time, movements, and nostalgic images are bound together in his films. His films are pictorial meditations on the feeling of different landscapes, human and natural.