Vera Benczik

Visit Dates: 2016-17

Assistant Professor and Deputy Head 
Department of American Studies
School of English and American Studies
Eötvös Loránd Universit, Budapest, Hungary

Research Interests
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy literature
  • Film and culture

Vera Benczik received her Ph.D. from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, where she also earned an M.A. in Assyriology. She now serves as Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd. A specialist in science fiction, fantasy literature, and film, Benczik teaches twentieth-century Canadian and American literature, focusing on works by H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, Walter Miller, Ursula Le Guin, and Margaret Atwood. Her current publications take up the topic of how science fiction and fantasy narratives depict space before and after apocalypses or dystopias. Thus she focuses on doubled and displaced cities, echoes, cataclysms, urban wastelands, in relation to trauma, nostalgia, and cultural anxiety. At Notre Dame, she will be completing her monograph study of these issues and interacting with scholars across the disciplines whose research intersects with her own.

Visiting Scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year.