in Berlin, East Side Gallery, 2007
Educational Foundation - Budapest, Hungary
- M.A., 2002, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest
- M.A., 2003, Central European University, Budapest
- Ph.D., History, 2012, Southern
Dissertation Title: "Where Marx Meets Osceola: Ideology and Mythology in the Eastern-Bloc Western"
At one curious junction in
the intricate network of cross-Atlantic cultural
exchange, the popular appeal of frontier mythology
converged with the aims of Communist ideology to result
in an eastern-bloc rendering of the western genre.
Although the intended effect of highlighting the
connections between state ideology and an established
mythology largely failed to register with audiences more
interested in Wounded Knee than what Karl Marx had to do
with Osceola, the films had a lasting cultural impact on
the perceptions of Native Americans in the collective
consciousness of Central Europe. Focusing largely
on the so-called Indianerfilme (“Indian Films”) of the
German Democratic Republic’s famed film production
company DEFA, and in particular the process that
rendered the face of actor Gojko Mitic the preeminent
image of the Indian in the region, Banhegyi will examine
the convergence of frontier mythology and cold-war
ideology in eastern-bloc westerns produced throughout
the period that extends loosely from the building of the
Berlin Wall to its downfall.
"Where Marx Meets Osceola: Ideology and Mythology in the
Eastern Block Western." Roundtable participant, Western
History Association, St. Louis, 2006.
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