Dr. Andrew Wood
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Postcolonial studies of tourism: Creation of the "American West"

Reading: Rothman

Supplemental Reading: Risse

At this point, we turn our attention to the implications of tourist mobility upon the peoples who inhabit the spaces through which we pass. Initially, we find Hal Rothman's discussion of 'third nature' - "making the replica more seductive than the original" - to provide a useful tool to understanding American and global fantasies of the West as "the last best place." We find that the nineteenth century locomotive resulted in the detachment of people from the landscape, a new hierarchy of cities, and an ironic means of return to the sublime garden. You might also consult Risse's exploration of differences between the tourist and the traveler.

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