Master of Arts (M.A.)
Degree Granting Department
Humanities and Cultural Studies
Sara Dykins Callahan, Ph.D.
Antoinette Jackson, Ph.D.
Benny Goldberg, Ph.D.
Embodiment, Imaginative Travel, Travel Memoirs
The aim of this paper is to examine the intersection of tourism and memoirs in the United States specifically how specific travel memoirs function as tourist attractions. This investigation employs performer-centered analysis as a method of inquiry in order to gain insight on tourist experience as well as concepts of travel, imagination and embodiment. The paper also employs MacCannell’s Semiotics of Attraction as a framework to illustrate the presence of the following categories: tourist, sight, and marker. The presence and the relationships established between these categories establish Into Thin Air and Almost Somewhere: Twenty-eight Days on the John Muir Trail can both be defined and function as tourist attractions.
Scholar Commons Citation
Kinkade, Brandy Lee, "A Tourist Performance: Redefining the Tourist Attraction" (2016). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.