Master's student Júlia Tóth-Czifra wins Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize 2012
Master's student Júlia Tóth-Czifra (Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest) has been awarded the prestigious Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students 2012. She carried out a significant part of her first-year master's programme at Leiden University.
As a student of Literature and Cultural Studies Julia had several reasons for wanting to study in Leiden, all related to her fascination for the short story series entitled Kornel Estí (1933), one of the most famous works by Hungarian author Dezso Kosztolányi. Júlia's aim was to complete her master's thesis as part of a much larger undertaking, compiling a critical edition of the Kornel Estí. She explained her reasons for choosing to study at Leiden University, namely that it is an eminent research-oriented university that offers excellent opportunities for individual research. The international research seminar on 'Editing Donne' organised by Professor Richard Todd and the lectures on 'Anglo-American Film' by Dr Michael Newton gave her an excellent insight into new ways of editing and interpreting texts.
Júlia wrote about her stay in Leiden in an enthusiastic, lively and very convincing way that impressed the judges. She talked about her motives, her experiences, her lecturers, the rich collections of the University Library and the Film Museum, her visits to the manuscript archive of the Royal Library in The Hague and the wide range of art galleries and concert halls that were within easy reach.
Júlia's fascination for the Kornel Estí resulted in a published article On the Genesis of the Short Story Cycle Kornel Estí and an extensive critical edition (848 pages).
The Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize is awarded to a master's student at one of the Coimbra Group universities, who, having taken part in the Erasmus exchange programme has best been able to demonstrate the added value of this experience. This might be by means of an English essay of a maximum of four pages, in which they explain the content of their master's thesis and show how the exchange programme has benefited their research.
Further information on the Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize and the winner can be found on the website of the Coimbra Group.
(24 April 2012 - Faculty of Humanities - MLH)