Professor , LIT/HUSL/HUHI
Office: JO 4.818
Areas of Specialization: 19th- and 20th-century European literature and history and Holocaust studies.
Education: PhD, German Language and Literature, University of Texas at Austin, 1968
Concert Diploma (Piano), State Academy of Music at Hamburg, 1961
Final Diploma (Piano), Bartok Bela School of Musical Arts, 1955
Zsuzsanna Ozsváth is Director of the Holocaust Studies Program. She has published a number of articles, dealing with aesthetic and ethical issues in French, German, and Hungarian literature as well as with the relationship between art and totalitarian ideology. Since the eighties, she has undertaken several translation projects and worked on various branches of Holocaust Studies.
In the field of translation, she started out with rendering and publishing a significant number of German and Hungarian poems and short stories in such journals as Poetry, Judaism, The Hungarian Quarterly, Partisan Review, The Webster Review, Literary Review, Osiris, Congress Monthly, just to mention a few. But the culmination of her work in this field have been three volumes of poetry (each with Fred Turner), involving some of the greatest poets of Hungary: Foamy Sky: The Major Poems of Miklós Radnóti (Princeton: UP, 1992 reprinted Budapest: Corvina, 2000, bilingual edition) The Iron-Blue Vault: Attila József, Selected Poems (New Castle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe, 1999), and a brand new, unpublished volume, Light among the Shade: Eight-Hundred-Years of Hungarian Poetry.
Besides Ozsvath's translation projects, she has become involved in Holocaust Studies. Completed in November 1997, In the Footsteps of Orpheus: The Life and Times of Miklós Radnóti, 1909-1944 has been published by Indiana UP, 2000. Besides translating and writing a number of essays on Radnóti, Ozsváth has published several articles on such writers and poets of the Holocaust as Kosinski, Celan, Nelli Sachs, including several Hungarian Holocaust novelists. Her talk in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "Trauma and Distortion: Holocaust Fiction and the Ban on Jewish Memory in Hungary" (2004, March), has been published in a volume Hungary 60 Years after, by Columbia UP 2006. Her talk at Indiana University, "From Country to Country: My Search for Home" (2006, March), was published in the volume The Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature, by Indiana UP, 2008. Her article, "Playing during the Siege," was in the Sewanee Review, spring, 2010, and her new book, When the Danube Ran Red, by Syracuse Press, will appear in summer 2010.
Besides her translations and scholarly writings, Ozsvath is Associate Editor and East European Editor of Common Knowledge, a publication of Duke University Press. Invited speaker at a number of national and international professional conventions, she also is frequently interviewed by newspapers and television stations in this country as well as in Hungary. Furthermore, she consults with and is on the board of such professional, civic, and community organizations as the ZOA, the Educational Committee of the Jewish Federation, The Dallas Memorial Holocaust Center, and The David Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.