Frank Cyba

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Frank Cyba stumbled upon Nordamerikastudien at the John F. Kennedy-Institute of the FU-Berlin looking for an addition to Lateinamerikanistik. What he initially conceived of as an appropriate complement to what he thought could be his only intellectual passion has developed in the course of his studies into as strong a focus of interest as Latin American Literature, his former major. Son of a German father and an Ecuadorian mother, after spending his infancy and teenage years mostly in Ecuador, in 1997 he broke off what only his most compassionate friends regarded as a promising career as a Bolero and rock-ballad night-club singer and decided to come to Germany to try his luck at whatever should be written in the stars. His mixed cultural heritage and confrontation with the Other within and without himself has been one of the guiding motivations of his academic research field and personal interests.