Title

Metamorphose

Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Sub-Department

French

First Advisor

William Edmiston

Abstract

This work follows the changes in the cultural identity of the Inca princess Zilia in Françoise de Graffigny's epistolary novel Lettres d'une péruvienne. It targets the social, as well as the individual aspects of this metamorphosis, offering alternatives for interpretation. Special attention is given to the role played by language as well as by cultural perspectives and products. The individual dimension analyzed includes her relationship with the French chevalier Déterville and her dependence on Aza, the Inca prince. The conclusion this work proposes is the idea that change is inevitable when somebody is faced with a new social environment and a different language.

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