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One of the ways that scholars have seen Ozdamar as collapsing preexisting cultural boundaries is through a meandering picaresque novelistic structure. Indeed, Monika Shafi argues that Ozdamar "borrows from the comic and picaresque traditions [using] a theatrical, performance-based approach to identity and interaction."

Shafi's reading prompts one to acknowledge the 1960s cultural climate in which Ozdamar wrote. Specifically, she wrote at a time in which the theatrical writings of leftist intellectuals such as Bertolt Brecht and the documentary theater of playwrights such as Peter Weiss were quite popular. The performative novelistic structure was viewed as an indispensible method for engaging the reader in an intellectual rather than emotional manner. The overt political agenda of Brecht is may also exist in a latent form in Ozdamar's work; in contrast with scholars like Ebel that have viewed Ozdamar as somewhat primitive, a Brechtian subtext might prove the efficacy of claims such as those of Frank Stone, who sees Ozdamar as part of a cultural movement toward modernizing Germany.

Shafi's interpretation also identifies the multifaceted structure of Ozdamar's work, with a rich constitution of themes that invoke serious and comedic storytelling methods. Although this is one of the singular virtues of Ozdamar's works, such complexity is perhaps also a reason for the dismissive tendency some scholars have to dismiss her writing on the simplistic basis of her Turkish heritage.

In her article "German Literature Contested," Karen Jankowsky provides a comprehensive examination of the themes of East-West assimilation as they pertain to narrative methods such as the Bildungsroman, magical realism, and colonial literature.

In this regard, she applies the "primitive" label with which Ozdamar has been labeled and turns the categorization into a virtue. She compares Ozdamar with international luminaries such as Thomas Mann, Goethe, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marques, and Isabel Allende. Through such an interpretive approach, Jankowsky reconciles the apparently discordant political agenda that some scholars have found in the author's work with the primitivism that others have found as detrimental to Ozdamar's writing.

Although the scholarly consensus is that Ozdamar's works engage in cultural assimilation and identity formation, there is nevertheless widespread debate concerning both the value of her texts and the specific implications of her focus on the blending of German and Turkish cultures.

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