Chilean Cultural Identity
A Case Study of Contemporary Mapuche Poetry
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This independent study explores Chilean cultural identity through a case study of written contemporary Mapuche poetry. The topic is approached in three different manners: hybrid theory, academic perspectives, and poetry analysis. An application of hybrid theory facilitates the understanding of cultural identity within Chile. A discussion by three Chilean professors reveals the important themes of geographic location, generation, and language in both the production and reception of written contemporary Mapuche poetry. An analysis of selected of written Mapuche poetry depicts the unique conceptualizations of identity by contemporary Mapuche poets. These three unique approaches to written contemporary Mapuche poetry give perspective to Chilean cultural identity. As a result, this independent study shows how written contemporary Mapuche poetry is an appropriate indicator of the evolution of Mapuche hybrid identity.