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Staging difference/Embodying tourism
AMST 256
Spring 2014
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: LAST 256, ANTH 255, DANC 256

This course explores the ways in which difference is both staged and consumed in tourist settings, with a focus on tourism as quests for the exotic, the authentic, for the past, and for nature. Drawing on key texts form the interdisciplinary field of critical tourism studies such as Dean McCannell's THE TOURIST and John Urry's THE TOURIST GAZE, as well as readings from the fields of anthropology, performance studies, and dance studies, we will consider tourism as staged embodied encounters. We will ask questions such as: How are bodies displayed, racialized, and othered in tourism advertisement? How are "exotic" destination images constructed through live performance in tourist settings? What are the experiences of performers who craft and stage their own "difference" for tourist consumption? This course is taught in conjunction with the Americas Forum, which gives students the opportunity to interrogate these topics with some of the leading scholars in the field. Participation in the Americas Forum is mandatory.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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