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Footprints on the Beach: Traces of Colonial Adventure in Narratives of Independent Tourism

Tickell, Alex (2001). Footprints on the Beach: Traces of Colonial Adventure in Narratives of Independent Tourism. Postcolonial Studies, 4(1) pp. 39–54.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13688790120046861
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Abstract

This article analyses the imperial imaginary intrinsic to forms of 'independent' tourism and reads Alex Garland's cult novel of independent travel 'The Beach' as an expression of contemporary cultural encounter. Drawing on theories of tourism, my analysis tried to show how 'independent' tourism, although narrated as a more culturally sensitive form of encounter than conventional tourism, often 'Others' host populations in characteristically postcolonial ways.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2001 The Institute of Postcolonial Studies
ISSN: 1368-8790
Keywords: Alex Garland; The Beach; Independent tourism; travel writing; post colonialism; cultural encounter
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group (PGL)
Item ID: 28761
Depositing User: Alex Tickell
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 10:33
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:37
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/28761
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