53 Acta Jur. Hng. 1 (2012)

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1216-2574/USD 20.00                                                    ACTA JURIDICA HuNGARICA
( 2012Akadmfiai Kiado, Budapest                                         53, No 1, pp. 1-6 (2012)
                                                                   DOI: 10.15561AJur53.2012.1.1

ISTVAN   H. SZILAGYI*


Law and Literature in Hungary - An Introduction



Abstract. I'his paper aims to give a concise review of contemporary Hungarian researches carried out in the field
of law and literature. It evokes the preliminaries fom previous century's in Hungarian legal philosophy, and it
discusses the recent achievements by taking a closer look on the results of three subsequent symposia organized in
2006, 2008 and the previous year. In conclusion, the paper outlines the possible directions for further development
of certain aspects of legal education and the critical potential of law and literature studies.

Keywords: law and literature, Hungarian jurisprudence, legal education


The  recent development   of law and  literature studies, as occurred in the past decade, is
not without  antecedents in Hungarian  legal thinking-as it is not either in the American' or
in the other European  national jurisprudences.2 Hungarian legal philosophy  was flourishing
during the early 20th century due to the ocuvre of such internationally renowned scholars as
Felix  Soml6  or Julius Mo6r.  In this period, Barna Horvith's  work,3 Der  Rechtsstreit des
Genius,  published  in 1942, became  a groundbreaking  piece in the Hungarian  study of law
and  literature.'
     The  theme  of law and  literature as a research subject reappeared on the horizon of
the Hungarian  legal thinking nearly a half century later, in the middle of the 1990's. During
these years  Hungarian  legal scholars were beginning  to look  for new  impulses following
the  enforced  hegemony of the socialist legal science. As a first sign of interest a






     *  Associate professor, Faculty of Law, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, H-1088 Budapest,
Szentkirdilyi u. 28-30.
E-mail: kopi(djak.ppke.hu
     I About  the origins and the returns of law and literature in the history of American
jurisprudence see Ferguson, R.: Law and Letters in American Culture. Cambridge (Mass)-London,
1984; Duxbury, N.: Patterns ofAmerican Jurisprudence. Oxford, 1995; Weisberg, R.: Coming of Age
Some  More:  Law  and Literature Beyond The Craddle. Nova Law  Review, 13 (1988), 107-124;
Smith, J. A.: The Coning Renaissance in Law and Literature. Journal ofLegal Education, 30 (1979),
13-26.
     2 For a survey tracing law and literature in the European national jurisprudences see Varga,
Cs.: Literature? A Substitute for Legal Philosophy? [2007]. In: Varga, Cs.: Contemporary Legal
Philosophizing. Budapest, 2011 [forthcoming].
     3 For a concise curriculum vitae of Barna Horvath see Varga, Cs.: Barna Horvath. In: Horvath,
B.: The Bases of Law/A jog alapjai, Budapest, 2006. xvii-xviii.
     4 Horvath, B.: Der Rechtsstreit des Genius: I. Sokrates; II. Johanna: a) Der Tatbestand, b) Das
Verfahren. Zeitschrift fir offentliches Recht, 22 (1942) 1, 126-162; 2-3, 295-342; 4-5, 395-460.
       Cf. H. Szilagyi, .: Bama Horvith's Genius. In: Cserne, P. H. Szilagyi, I.-Kdnczdl, M.-Paksy,
M.-Takacs, P.-Tattay, Sz. (eds): Theatrum Legale Mundi. Svmbola Cs. TVarga oblata. Budapest, 2007.
189-202.

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