Personal profile


Prof. Helga Lenart-Cheng grew up in Hungary, studied in France, Germany and England and received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Her areas of research include world literature, auto/biographical genres, theories of subjectivity, critical media theory, phenomenological hermeneutics and Eastern European literature.

Contact Information

Office: Dante Hall - 325
Office Hours: Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 on sabbatical 
Phone: 631-4784
Mail: P.M.B 4730

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Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Harvard University

… → 2007

BA, French and German, ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University)

MA, French and German, JATE (University of Szeged)

Research Interests

  • life stories (autobiography, memoir, diary, blog, selfie, etc.)
  • the intersection of philosophy and literature, including theories of subjectivity, theories of community, phenomenological hermeneutics, and the philosophies of Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Luc Nancy
  • Alexander Lenard (writer, poet, translator)
  • Eastern European life narratives


  • Modern Languages
  • International and Area Studies