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Genre and Geoculture

Enzensberger’s Encounter with Latin American Generic Traditions

Jamie H. Trnka


Enzensberger’s sustained engagement with Latin American thinkers and literary forms was central to his attempts to shift the parameters of West German debates on literature and politics in the 1960 s. Attention to Latin American exchanges and influences challenges simplistic criticisms of his Eurocentrism and demonstrates how the novel cultural constellations that underlie Enzensberger’s genre innovation engender productive inroads into transatlantic comparative projects.


This piece draws heavily on arguments advanced in my book, Revolutionary Subjects: German Literatures and the Limits of Aesthetic Solidarity with Latin America. Berlin: DeGruyter 2015. I am grateful to have the opportunity to revisit them in this context.

Published Online: 2019-11-14
Published in Print: 2019-11-08

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