Dr. Bálint Gárdos

senior lecturer

Dr. Bálint Gárdos


I studied English and Aesthetics at ELTE University between 2000 and 2006. As a member of Eötvös Collegium I benefitted from the classes offered by István Géher's English and American Studies Workshop. In 2004 I spent 3 month as an Erasmus Student at KU Leuven, Belgium. I continued my studies at the Modern English and American Literature Doctoral School of ELTE. I defended my dissertation, supervised by Professor Ágnes Péter in 2011. Entitled "Pedestrian romantics: the essay-writers of the early nineteenth-century, the dissertation was subsequently published as a book. After my doctoral studies, I was employed, first as a research assisstant, then as a researcher in research projects lead by professors Ágnes Péter and Géza Kállay. Since 2014 I have been teaching at the Department of English  Studies first as a lecturer, then as a senior lecturer.


I wrote my PhD dissertation on romantic essayists (Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt, Leigh Hunt). Since then, I have mostly dealt with problems in the history of criticism and the history of ideas in the 18th century. My current research focuses on connections between historical thought, aesthetics and literature in the 18th century.

Selected publications:

  • “Követni Catót: Joseph Addison tragédiája és a példázatos történelemfelfogás.” Esztétika - történelem - hermeneutika: tanulmányok Kisbali László emlékére. Ed. Zoltán Popovics and Endre Szécsényi. Budapest: L'Harmattan Kiadó (2019) 149-170.
  • “Disbelief in Historical Examples: The Hampden-Milton-Cromwell passage in Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.” Anachronist 18.1 (2018) 13., 58-70.
  • “Mr. Spectator's Ambiguous Authority: The Position of the Speaker in the Early Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essay.” The Essay: Forms and Transformations. Ed. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner and Markus Oppolzer. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2017. 111-128.
  • “History and Moral Exempla in Enlightenment Aesthetics.” Essays in Philosophy 17.1 (2016): 22-54.
  • “‘What could a Statue or Panegyrick effect?’ – A Note on the Abstractness of Hutcheson’s Aesthetics.” Journal of Scottish Thought 6.1 (2016): 19-33.

Selected conferences

  • "Shaftesbury és Burke a természet fogalmáról." Forradalom és Retorika 1770-1848. 2006.
  • "William Hazlitt and the Problem of Originality." HUSSE Conference, Károli Gáspár református Egyetem, Budapest, Hungary, 2007.
  • "His Mind is Stamped on Every Line: Hazlitt on Milton." Milton Through the Centuries. Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem, Budapest, Hungary, 2008.
  • "The Avoidance of the Sublime in the English Romantic Essay." HUSSE Conference, PTE, Pécs, Hungary, 2009.
  • "Conversational and didactic tone in the eighteenth century periodical essay – Addison’s example."  HUSSE Conference, ELTE, Budapest, Hungary, 2011.


  • Introduction to Literature
  • English Literature from the Restoration to 1890
  • The Sonnet
  • John Keats
  • Early Romantic Women Poets


I supervise topics related to 18th and 19th century literature and its broader cultural context.

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