Dr. Márta Hargitai

senior lecturer

Dr. Márta Hargitai


I got my BA in Hungarian and English language and literature at the Teacher Training College at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest; my MA in Engish at the Faculty of Arts at ELTE, where later I also received my PhD in Renaissance and Baroque English Literature. 
My dissertation was entitled "Metamorphosis in Shakespeare's King Lear". I started giving courses in language development and in English/American literature at the Teacher Training College ELTE Budapest in 2000, and since 2007 I have been core member of The School of English and American Studies at The Faculty of Arts at ELTE Budapest primarily teaching courses in Renaissance drama and film adaptations.


I have a major academic interest in Renaissance drama, philosophy, art, and theology as well as in film adaptations. 
My publications include articles on the notion of time and space in Macbeth and The Tempest, the special affinities of Hitchcock’s films with Shakespearean theatre and dramaturgy, on masters or servants in Doctor Faustus and Macbeth, on Faustus’s decision on a possible belief-disbelief vs fixity-change spectrum, and most recently on restorative and reflective nostalgia in Renaissance drama.

Selected publications:

  • “From ‘Resolute’ to ‘Dissolved’: Tracking Faustus’s Decision” Anachronist 18.2 (2019): 243-259. 
  • “Masters and Servants in Doctor Faustus and Macbeth: Faustus and Mephistopheles vs. Macbeth and Seyton” Essays on the Medieval Period and the Renaissance: Things Old and New. Ed. Ágnes Matuska and Larisa Kocic- Zámbó. Newcastle upon Tyne: UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. 27-44. 
  • “School of time and crime: An ‘awful parenthesis’ in Macbeth.” Changing Perspectives: Studies in English. Ed. János Kenyeres and Éva Illés. Budapest: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, 2019.
  • “Hitchcock’s Macbeth.” Film and Culture. Ed. Dorottya Jászay and Andrea Velich. Budapest: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, 2016. 87-109. 
  • “Time, Timing and Time Gaps in Macbeth and The Tempest: Prospero’s Island as Bank and Shoal of Time.” HUSSE 11: Proceedings of the 11th Conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of English. Ed. Veronika Ruttkay and Bálint Gárdos. Budapest: L'Harmattan Kiadó, 2014. 213-223.

Selected conferences

  • Upcoming: “The Reel Eye.” 2nd International Film workshop and Conference, organizer, ELTE, Budapest, Hungary 2021.  
  • “Stand up for Shakespeare-Shakespeare without chairs.” iDEaS Conference & Workshop of Department of English Studies & School of English and American Studies, ELTE, Budapest, Hungary, 2019.
  • “Nostalgia as displacement in three Early Modern plays: Doctor Faustus, Macbeth and The Tempest.” HUSSE Conference, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary, 2018.
  • “From the Renaissance to Romanticism, From ‘resolute’ to ‘dissolved’: Faustus’s waltz with the devil.” ELTE Disbelief Conference Budapest, ELTE, Budapest, Hungary, 2017.
  • “School of time and crime: An ‘awful parenthesis’ in Macbeth”. ELTE SEAS 130 Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 2016.



  • Medieval and Renaissance Literature 
  • Introduction into Literature 
  • English drama 
  • Specialization courses in Renaissance studies
  • Shakespeare on film
  • Magic and Witchcraft in the Renaissance
  • Shakespearean comedies and tragedies on page, stage and screen
  • Lectures on Shakespearean Tragedy
  • Academic skills—writing


  • ‘How to write a good thesis’
  • Language Practice
  • Academic skills--writing 
  • Vocabulary building
  • Vocabulary of Science 
  • Conversation
  • British drama 
  • British poetry 
  • American literature


BA/MA: Renaissance literature, film adaptations

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