About HJEAS Books, New Series

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS) will launch a series of books to be published by Debrecen University Press beginning in 2022 that will reflect scholarship in the areas covered by the Journal, which include but are not limited to the literature, film, art, history, and religion of the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand. All books will be published as Open Access ebooks and as printed using Print on Demand. They will be kept in print. All HJEAS Books are peer reviewed.




It’s Time: What Living in Time Is Like by Donald E. Morse, Oakland University, USA and University of Debrecen

Open access copy available for download at DUPress: https://dupress.unideb.hu/hu/termek/its-time-e-book


“Drawing on a variety of scientific, philosophical, and theological ideas about time Morse shows how these are consciously or unconsciously reflected in literature from the Renaissance to the 21stst century. He contrasts Auden’s and Beckett’s views of Time, while Marina Carr’s The Mai and Frank McGuinness’s The Hanging Gardens illustrate time, memory, and dementia. Joyce, Shakespeare, Albee, Wilde, and Swift contribute to his analysis of the life cycle, immortality, and mortality. His vivid analyses of plays make you feel you are watching them. . . . There is really no other book quite like this one.”

—Katherine Hume, author of Fantasy and Mimesis, Aggressive Fictions, American Dream/American Nightmare,


“A refreshing book to captivate and inform readers, an extended philosophical response to a lifetime of teaching literature and of viewing plays. Morse sees time as the ineluctable condition of our existence, wriggle as we may to escape it. Duration is our fate. He entertains the reader, presenting carefully selected literary works to illustrate aspects of what are essentially existential problems. The joy and the originality lie in the author’s superb communication skills. This is an important book.” 

—Christopher Murray, author of Twentieth-century Irish Drama; Brian Friel; Sean O’Casey; Tom Murphy


“A collection of essays weaving together natural science, philosophy, and literature examining aspects of time, which forms a narrative testifying to humanity’s eternal quest to come to terms with mortality by contemplating our relation to time past, present and future in a constantly changing world. It’s a time travel well worth taking.” 

—Ildikó Limpár, author of The Truths of Monsters, award-winning Hungarian dramatist, novelist, and translator of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series.


“Morse’s mosaic of time proffers an enticing academic artifact for serious perusal. Read this book; you will be glad that you spent the time.” 

—W. A. Senior, author of Stephen R. Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, past- president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, former editor of Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts