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Abstract

In his article "Kaffka's (1880-1918) Life Writing and Objection to the War" Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek discusses the Hungarian author's poems, diary entries, and fictional texts. While Kaffka's importance as one of the most influential writers in modern Hungarian literature is recognized, her oeuvre as proto-feminist writing has only been studied only since the 1990s. Further, Kaffka's anti-war writing has not been explored except in a few isolated instances. Tötösy de Zepetnek elaborates Kaffka's objection to the war as seen in her poetry published in 1914 and in her diaries and correspondence and argues that Kaffka's objection to the war as early as in August 1914 is significant because in most instances the war was embraced by Hungary's educated strata including its leftist circles. Thus Kaffka's modernist writing including her proto-feminist, anti-war, and in a few instances erotic writing is an exception in modern Hungarian literature.