Balázs Keresztes

Design, Craft and Writing: Literature and the Practices of Decoration in the Late Victorian Cultural Scene

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The title of my dissertation is Design, Craft and Writing: Literature and the Practices of Decoration in the Late Victorian Cultural Scene. The project aims at the development of the possible conceptual potential and relevance of the terms craft and design, as concepts that are able to express non-interpretative, corporeal encounters with the world, as well as terms (like writing) that are able to manage transitions between art and the everyday.  This could gain relevance as a possible answer to the recent textual and discourse-oriented past of the humanities. This theoretical project is embedded historically in the late Victorian era, where these concepts emerged (or were invented) and guided the ‘discourse of decoration’ formulated between Aestheticism/Decadence and the Arts & Crafts movement. My dissertation aims to show how various practices of decoration (interior design, clothing and book decoration) were represented in various literary works, as well as how the book as a material object itself was intertwined with these practices.

Fach: Anglistik

  • Akademischer Werdegang

    seit 2015 Doktorand der GSPoL (WWU Münster)
    seit 2014

    Doktorand der General Literary and Cultural Studies

    (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

    2014 Erasmusstipendiat der Universität zu Köln, Englisches Seminar
    2012 - 2014

    M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies

    (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

    2009 - 2012

    B.A. in Hungarian Philology and Literary Studies

    (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

    1990 Geburt

  • Publikationen

    05/2015 Designing the Scene of Reading. Huysmans/Wilde. (Literary History? Canon? Works on the Margin | Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences, 7 May 2015)
    03/2015 Literature – Crafted and Designed. Decorative Practices and the Materiality of Literature (Literature and Media Theory: Mediality – Materiality – Cultural Techniques | Göttingen University, 19–21 March 2015)
    01/2015 ‘The Book as a Pocket -Cathedral’ – Architecture and Book Design in the Work of William Morris (12th Biennial Conference of The Hungarian Society for the Study of English (HUSSE) | University of Debrecen, 29 January 2015)
    2013 “Houellebecq – A realizmus mediális felszámolása. A La carte et le territoire olvashatósága ” (“Reality Mediated? Reading Houellebecq’s La carte et le territoire”), Első Század Online, Spring 2013, 337–355.
    2012 “Modi memorandi – A kulturális emlékezet mediális kihívása a Toldi estéjében” (“Modi memorandi – Mediation and Cultural Memory in Toldi’s Eve”), Irodalomtörténet 2012/3, 378–398.