Section Information for Spring 2017
This course offers an advanced introduction to cultural tourism and heritage as areas of study in folklore and related disciplines. While tourism is often blamed for destroying local culture and perpetuating “fakelore,” we adopt a more nuanced approach to the connections between folk, heritage, and touristic cultures.
In classes, readings, and discussions, we investigate how folklore is used in touristic contexts and how, conversely, tourism influences local folklore. We go on to explore the folk culture of tourism itself. As assignments, you’ll observe and report on a tourism or heritage event, participate in designing a tour, and conduct a research project on a relevant topic of your choice.