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Heritextuality : a study in an emergent discipline of touristic discource


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Stagg, Anthony John 2006 , 'Heritextuality : a study in an emergent discipline of touristic discource', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis defines a new transdisciplinary field o fheritextuality as cultural productions
designed for touristic consumption containing elements of historical information. Its
focus is on touristic discourse in and about Tasmania in the twentieth century. As such,
the thesis identifies for analysis and study, heritexts like travelogues, tourist guides,
promotional films, photographic essays, advertising media, and postcards employing a
methodological approach that combines archival research, historical survey and textual
analysis. In its discussion of heritexts, the thesis examines the convergence between
history and tourism as evidenced in the variety of textual forms, including the visual,
produced for touristic consumption. It argues that such touristically constructed heritexts
constantly generate and inform distinctive and discrete versions of the past that influence
and inform popular conceptions of history, and that define a touristic sense-of-place
independent of scholarly historical discourse.
Heritextuality facilitates specific negotiations of historical elements that are not
accessible to, and that operate outside of, the usual constraints of conventional historical
discourse. This study highlights the arbitrary relationship that allows heritexts to
reconfigure historical events, particularly those otherwise considered problematic, for its
own touristic purposes. The thesis examines how this process occurs. The study focuses
on the inner workings of the Tasmanian tourist bureaucracy, highlighting early
collaborative projects between the Tasmanian Government Tourist Bureau and producers
of heritexts like Frank Hurley, Bill Beatty, E.T. Emmett, Charles Barrett and Michael
Sharland. This research identifies the ways in which the production and consolidation of
heritextuality continues to shape and inform contemporary uses of history in touristic

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Stagg, Anthony John
Keywords: Tasmania. Dept. of Tourism, Heritage tourism, Tourism, Travel writing
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Available for library use only but NOT for copying until 13 November 2008. After that date, available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references. Introduction: the corner of Macquarie and Murray -- Ch. 1. Tasmanian misadventure -- Ch. 2. The isle of splendid returns -- Ch. 3. Only the brightest scenes -- Ch. 4. Not Displaying Australia -- Ch. 5. In search of This Other England -- Ch. 6. Oddity and heritextual elegance -- Conclusion: a place down the road from Macquarie and Murray

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