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Alpha (Osorno)

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CONTRERAS OYARZUN, Constantino. Intercultural relations in two contemporary novels. Alpha [online]. 2017, n.44, pp.67-85. ISSN 0718-2201.

The purpose of this paper is to describe -with basis in communication theories and semiotic studies- the intercultural relations that are generated by the protagonists of the Patricio Manns’s novel El corazón a contraluz: a rumano colonist and their young selk´nam captive; and by the protagonists of the Isabelle Autissier’s novel El amante de la Patagonia: a young servant coming from Scotland in love of a yámana fisher. Those relations, the linguistics in the first place, are favoured or obstructed by personal factors, as well as by influential factors of the historical context -from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century-, distinguished by the conflict’s situation between the European colonists and native peoples of Tierra del Fuego.

Keywords : Novel; intercultural relations; colonist; native people; historical context..

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