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Negritude in East German Literature: Anna Seghers, Heiner Müller, and the Haitian Revolution

Negritude in East German Literature: Anna Seghers, Heiner Müller, and the Haitian Revolution John pizer Negritude in East German Literature Anna Seghers, Heiner Müller, and the Haitian Revolution Haiti has been a signic fi ant topos of German literature from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Particularly the Haitian Revolution, which led to the r fi st successful overthrow of European colonialism and institutional slavery, as well as the establishment of the r fi st black- led republic in the Western Hemisphere, has r fi ed the imagination of German- l anguage writers. Herbert Uerlings, author of the r fi st and only book- length study of Haiti in German literature, notes that the per- ceived exoticism and alterity of the island nation has been the primary inspira- tion for this productivity. e Th problematic of intercultural encounter has been the dominant theme in these texts; in Uerlings view, such interculturalism has mani- fested itself increasingly over time as an intertextual rhetorical strategy, ever more concerned to establish a just poetic encounter with radical die ff rence (9). While the r fi st German literary work to deal with Haiti, Heinrich von Kleist’s Die Verlo- bung in St. Domingo (1811; e Th Bet rothal in Santo Domingo) equates black skin http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Negritude in East German Literature: Anna Seghers, Heiner Müller, and the Haitian Revolution

The Comparatist , Volume 35 – Jun 15, 2011

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Abstract

John pizer Negritude in East German Literature Anna Seghers, Heiner Müller, and the Haitian Revolution Haiti has been a signic fi ant topos of German literature from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Particularly the Haitian Revolution, which led to the r fi st successful overthrow of European colonialism and institutional slavery, as well as the establishment of the r fi st black- led republic in the Western Hemisphere, has r fi ed the imagination of German- l anguage writers. Herbert Uerlings, author of the r fi st and only book- length study of Haiti in German literature, notes that the per- ceived exoticism and alterity of the island nation has been the primary inspira- tion for this productivity. e Th problematic of intercultural encounter has been the dominant theme in these texts; in Uerlings view, such interculturalism has mani- fested itself increasingly over time as an intertextual rhetorical strategy, ever more concerned to establish a just poetic encounter with radical die ff rence (9). While the r fi st German literary work to deal with Haiti, Heinrich von Kleist’s Die Verlo- bung in St. Domingo (1811; e Th Bet rothal in Santo Domingo) equates black skin

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Published: Jun 15, 2011

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