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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Ildiko Olasz

Dr. Ildiko Olasz



2740 Colden Hall


660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2009

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., English Literature, Michigan State University
  • M.A., History, Central European University
  • M.A., American Studies, Babes-Bolyai University
  • B.A., English Literature and Linguistics -- Hungarian Literature and Linguistics, Babes-Bolyai University

Courses Taught

  • English 640 First Person Narratives
  • English 530 Literature and Arts
  • English 405 Senior Seminar
  • English 325 Sensation Novels and Detective Fiction
  • English 325 Literature and Film Adaptations
  • English 305 Literary Critic’s Craft
  • English 246 British Literature: Romantics to Present
  • English 220 Intro to Literature
  • English 112 Writing with Engagement
  • English 111 Academic Literacies
  • English 110 Intro to College Writing

Academic Interests

  • Victorian literature
  • Reception studies and book history
  • Visual studies and interdisciplinary research with literature

Scholarly Activity

Recent Publications

  • “‘Written in Crude Defiance of the Illustrator’: Proto-Modernist Authorship and Verbal-Visual Reception of Henry James’s Washington Square.” Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History. Sept. 2008: 94-127.
  • Rev. of Reading Women: Literacy, Authorship, and Culture in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800, by Heidi B. Hackel and Catherine E. Kelly. Atlantikos: A Journal of Transatlantic Scholarship. May 2008: 84-87.

Recent Presentations

  • "Visualization or Illustration?  Thackeray's Illustrations and Literary Reception," Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2011
  • “Genre Conventions across Centuries: The Changing Reception of Mysteries and Detectives,” Reception Studies Society Conference, Maryville, MO, September, 2011
  • “Lost in Syntax: English Translations of Hungarian Poetry,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Convention, San Antonio, TX, April, 2011
  • “Travel as Reflection: Narrative Voice and Self-Identification in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko,” Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, Erie, PA, March, 2011
  • “Pick Up a Book or Go to the Movies? Film Adaptations and Student Audience,” Reception Studies Society Conference, West Lafayette, IN, September, 2009

Other Professional Experiences

  • Chair, MLA Hungarian Discussion Group
  • President, Reception Study Society
  • Conference Coordinator, 2011 Reception Studies Conference