Literary Tourism

Theories, Practice and Case Studies

August 2019
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  • Published
    30th August 2019
  • ISBN 9781786394590
  • Language English
  • Pages 208 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.75"

Literary tourism is a nascent field in tourism studies, yet tourists often travel in the footsteps of well-known authors and stories. Providing a wide-ranging cornucopia of literary tourism topics, this book fully explores the interconnections between the written word and travel. It includes tourism stories using guidebooks, films, television and electronic media, and recognizes that stories, texts and narratives, even if they cannot be classified as traditional travel writing, can become journeys in themselves and take us on imaginary voyages. Furthermore, the book:

- Provides a grounding in the theoretical perspectives on literature and the tourist experience;
- Explores practical applications of literary tourism, such as destination promotion and creation, responsible tourism and learning benefits;
- Uses global case studies to study literary tourism in action.

Appealing to a wide audience of different disciplines, it encompasses subjects such as business literary writing, historical journeys and the poetry of Dylan Thomas. The use of these different perspectives demonstrates how heavily and widely literature influences travel, tourists and tourism, making it an important read for researchers and students of tourism, social science and literature.

Part 1: Theory Relating to Literature and the Tourist Experience
1: Travelling Against Time: Flemish Authors Travelling to Italy in the Interwar Period
2: "Magic Realism" Of Vilnius: Conceptualisation Of Literary Tourist Gaze Based On "Tales Of The Old Vilnius" By Max Frei
3: Visionary Trends in Jules Verne’s The Floating Island
4: Connecting Temporalities: Walking Through Narratives of Guilt and Passion
5: Frontier Travel Narratives: Imagining the American West Through Novels
6: The Making of the Literary City: Edinburgh, Barcelona and Óbidos
Part 2: Practical Applications of Literature to the Tourist Experience and Tourist Industry
7: Re-imagining Emulative Journeys: From Classical Texts to Contemporary Travel Writing in the Digital Age
8: Response and Responsibility: Poets as Guides for Tourists
9: Learning at Literary Festivals
10: Library Tourism
Part 3: Case Studies of Literary Tourism and Their Effects on the Tourist
11: The Hay Festival: A Longitudinal Study on Its Attributes and the Sustainable Impacts on a Small Welsh Town
12: Literary Tourism in the Indian Sub-Continent
13: Making Literary Places
14: Tourism of Literary Writing: The Brazilian Author as an International Tourist in the Amores Expressos Collection
15: Stay Eat Love: Travel Books, Italy and the Emotional Geographies of Place
16: Literary Tourism Conclusions and Practical Applications

Ian Jenkins, PhD

Dr. Ian Jenkins is a geographer who has worked in the tourism and leisure industries for the last twenty seven years as a researcher, senior lecturer, consultant and director of several research units. His work has resulted in numerous publications including industry reports, conference papers, academic articles and book chapters; he has also been a peer reviewer for journal articles. Some of the research projects he has been involved with have resulted in legislative change and improved industry standards. In addition, he has undertaken work for prestigious organizations such as UNESCO, British Council, British Standards Institute, Health and Safety Executive, VisitWales and CEN. His research and consultancy expertise covers subjects such as: responsible/sustainable tourism, niche tourism development, risk and safety management and adventure tourism. Ian is currently an examiner for the University of South Wales and has recently been an external examiner for the University of Birmingham at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and also a PhD examiner at Cranfield University. Ian has been the co-editor of a special edition of the Laureate Hospitality Journal.

Katrín Anna Lund

Katrín Anna Lund teaches at University of Iceland, Háskóli Íslands.