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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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CHIUMINATTO, Pablo  and  DEL RIO, Rodrigo. Patagonia: return into the unknown, the paradoxical reminiscence of an empty landscape. Magallania [online]. 2016, vol.44, n.1, pp.73-83. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442016000100005.

Traditionally, American landscape is associated with an exotic deployment. In the case of Patagonia, a kind of monotony replaces the exuberance and exoticism for the indelible inscription of an apparently desolate territory. In the analysis of some narratives of English travelers (Ch. Darwin, F. Dixie and W. H. Hudson), the testimony of this experience can be observed as a form of cultural nomadism; where descriptive elements of hesitation join before the meeting of a powerful geography. A recurrent theme in these descriptions is the paradoxical persistence of an "empty landscape". The foundation of its permanence is an experience that blends amazement and disappointment. In this article we attempt to retrieve, compare and analyze the writing of this experience. We integrate comparative practice with the poetics of the geographical, as well as an elaboration of the landscape's presence as an aesthetic factor.

Keywords : Patagonia; territory; landscape; nomadism; travel literature.

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