Donald E. Morse

Donald E. Morse

DONALD E. MORSE (Boston, MA, 1936), Professor Emeritus of English and Rhetoric, Oakland University, Michigan, and Honorary Professor, University of Debrecen (UD), has been teaching at UD for over thirty years, including twice as Senior Fulbright Professor (1987–1989 and 1990–1992). Author and/or editor of sixteen books and over one hundred scholarly essays, he has lectured widely in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Among his books are The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut: Imagining Being an American (Praeger, 2003) and, with Csilla Bertha, A Small Nation’s Contribution to the World (1993), Worlds Visible and Invisible (Colin Smythe, UK, Barnes & Noble, USA, and Kossuth Egyetemi Kiadó, 1994). Bertha and he have translated several Hungarian plays, five of which were published in Silenced Voices: Hungarian Plays from Transylvania (Dublin, 2008). His most recent edited book is Irish Theatre in Transition from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Early Twenty-first Century (London, 2015). From 1984 to 2019, he chaired the annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. The University of Debrecen awarded him an honorary doctorate in recognition of his service to Hungarian higher education and in 2006 he received the Országh László Prize. Since 2007, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies.


“[…] between three to three and a half million Hungarians woke up the next morning to find themselves in a new, different, and mostly hostile nation with a distinctive new national language, history, and – quite often – a new state religion. […] Families were cut apart, children separated from


INTRODUCTION  I came to Hungary in the autumn of 1987 as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies at Kossuth Lajos University that has since become part of the University of Debrecen. Hungary at that time was a police state under dictatorial communism with an active Secret Police, especially in