Staging Difference/Embodying Tourism|
Spring 2015 not offered
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 from 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, B. DESTINATION CULTURE: TOURISM, MUSEUMS, AND HERITAGE. 1998
Bruner, Edward. 2005. CuLTURE ON TOUR: ETHNOGRAPHIES OF TRAVEL. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
MacCannell, Dean. 1999. THE TOURIST: A NEW THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS. Berkeley: University of California Press
Urry, John. 2011. THE TOURIST GAZE 3.0. London: Sage
Babb, Florence. THE TOURISM ENCOUNTER: FASHIONING LATIN AMERICAN NATIONS AND HISTORIES
Freire-Medeiros, Bianca. 2013. TOURING POVERTY. London and New York: Routledge.
Pinho, Patricia de Santana. "African-American Roots Tourism in Brazil." Latin American Perspectives, 35:3 (2008).
Desmond, Jane C. 1999. STAGING TOURISM: BODIES ON DISPLAY FROM WAIKIKI TO SEA WORLD. Chigago: University of Chicago Press.
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There will be one exam in addition to six short reading responses. Participation in the Americas Forum is mandatory.
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