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Imagining the American West through Film and Tourism

1st Edition

By Warwick Frost, Jennifer Laing


268 pages | 79 B/W Illus.

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The West is one of the strongest and most enduring place images in the world and its myth is firmly rooted in popular culture – whether novels, film, television, music, clothing and even video games. The West combines myth and history, rugged natural scenery and wide open spaces, popular culture and promises of transformation. These imagined places draw in tourists, attracted by a cultural heritage that is part fictional and mediatised. In turn, tourism operators and destination marketing organisations refashion what they present to fit these imagined images.

This book explores this imagining of a mythic West through three key themes, travel, film and frontiers to offer new insight into how the imagination of the West and popular culture has influenced the construction of tourism. In doing so, it examines the series of paradoxes that underlie the basic appeal of the West: evocative frontier, a boundary zone between civilisation and wilderness and between order and lawlessness. It draws on a range of films and literature as well as varying places from festivals to national parks to showcase different aspects of the nexus between travel, film and frontiers in this fascinating region. Interdisciplinary in character, it includes perspectives from cultural studies, American studies, tourism and film studies.

Written by leading academics, this title will be valuable reading for students, researchers and academics in the fields of cultural studies, tourism, film studies and media studies and all those interested in film tourism.

Table of Contents

1. Go West 2 . Monument Valley 3. Tragic and Vulnerable Heroes: Chuck and the Duke 4. Route 66 5. Tombstone 6. Fort Sumner 7. The Good Outlaw 8. Lone Pine 9. Yellowstone 10. Grand Canyon 11. Ghost Ranch 12. Little Bighorn 13. Stetsons and Daisy Dukes 14. Travelling the Jurassic West 15. Las Cruces Spaceport 16. Once Upon a Time

About the Authors

Warwick Frost is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality at La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia.

Jennifer Laing is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality at La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia.

About the Series

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

The aim of this series is to explore and communicate the intersections and relationships between leisure, tourism and human mobility within the social sciences.
It will incorporate both traditional and new perspectives on leisure and tourism from contemporary geography whilst also providing for perspectives from cognate areas within the development of an integrated field of leisure and tourism studies.
Also, increasingly, tourism and leisure are regarded as steps in a continuum of human mobility. Inclusion of mobility in the series offers the prospect to examine the relationship between tourism and migration, the sojourner, educational travel, and second home and retirement travel phenomena.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
TRAVEL / United States / Midwest / General