Gyula Farkas (linguist)

Farkas Gyula, or Julius von Farkas de Kisbarnak (Hungarian: kisbarnaki Farkas Gyula (27 September 1894 in Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Sopron megye – 12 July 1958 in Göttingen) was a Hungarian literary historian and Finno-Ugric linguist.


He was born in a Transdanubian Hungarian noble family. His father was Ferenc Farkas de Kisbarnak (1849–1937) Prothonotary of Sopron County, and his mother was Gizella Pottyondy de Potyond und Csáford (1864–1921). Gyula's brother was Ferenc Farkas de Kisbarnak, General of the Hungarian VI Army Corps during World War II.

In the 1920s Gyula was a coworker of Robert Gragger (1887–1926) at the Hungarian Institute of the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Berlin.
During World War II he was head of the German-Hungarian Society.
He founded the Finno-Ugric seminar at the University of Göttingen in 1947.

He wrote over 19 books dealing with various aspects of Hungarian literature and language, including titles published in German and Hungarian.[1]

Literary worksEdit

  • Die Entwicklung der ungarischen Literatur, 1934
  • Der ungarische Vormärz Petöfis Zeitalter. 1943 (held in 13 US libraries)
  • Geschichte der ungarischen Literaturwissenschaft, 1944


  • "The Sign of a Story" review of Petra Török's (ed) 'A határ és a határolt. A magyar irodalom létformáiról [The Boundary and the Bounded Off: Meditations on the Miodes of Being of Hungarian Literature]". Budapest Review of Books, 3 February 1999. [1] ("a very thorough account of the relations between Gyula Farkas...")

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