41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure
This panel will consider the postmodern qualities of tourism and tourist sites in contemporary culture and literature. In 2003, the famous "Old Man of the Mountain," a natural rock outcropping in the shape of a human head located high in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, fell to its destruction. After almost 200 years as a major tourist site and state symbol, the Old Man was gone...but not forgotten. Today, tourists flock to the location of the now-absent outcropping, and books and memorials have sprung up to commemorate the loss. What does it mean to visit a site predicated on an absence? How does the tourist gaze construct a tourist site, even in the absence of an "original," "real," "true," or "historical" element? How is authenticity (ironically) produced by the process of marking a site with monuments, didactic panels, or tourist services? From DeLillo's most photographed barn in America, to the still-popular new Hampshire site of the now-absent Old Man, to the booming disaster tourism business, a look at the postmodern characteristics of tourists, tourism, and tourist sites.
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Please email your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)
The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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