"Image of Europe and Latin American Identity(s) in the Literary Reviews Sur and Repertorio Americano between 1931 and 1948"
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dieter Ingenschay (HU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Susanne Klengel (FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Liliana Weinberg (UNAM)
The events of the 1930s and 40s prompted an intensive discussion among the intellectuals of Latin America about the development of Europe and Latin American identity. The actors began to question the spatial representation marked by the dichotomy of European civilization vs. American barbarism. They ascribed a central role in the task of continuing, correcting or substituting the European civilization project to America.
The literary reviews Sur (Argentina) and Repertorio Americano (Costa Rica) reflect decades of developments in politics and culture in a dialogical and polyphonic way. Within their pages they assembled the most influential writers of Latin America, USA and Europe. Therefore the reviews offer an especially valuable – and not sufficiently evaluated – source for the analysis of this paradigm shift.
The objective of the project shall be to re-evaluate this discourse as a prehistory both of the post- and decolonial debate and of the emancipatory movements since the second half of the 20th century.