Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City / Edition 1
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Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City / Edition 1

by Robert C. Davis, Garry R. Marvin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520241207

ISBN-13: 9780520241206

Pub. Date: 06/25/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

"The tourist Venice is Venice," Mary McCarthy once observed--a sentiment very much in line with what most of the fourteen million tourists who visit the city each year experience, but at the same time a painful reality for the 65,000 Venetians who actually live there. Venice is viewed from a new perspective in this engaging book, which offers a heady, one-city

Overview

"The tourist Venice is Venice," Mary McCarthy once observed--a sentiment very much in line with what most of the fourteen million tourists who visit the city each year experience, but at the same time a painful reality for the 65,000 Venetians who actually live there. Venice is viewed from a new perspective in this engaging book, which offers a heady, one-city tour of tourism itself. Conducting readers from the beginnings of Venetian tourism in the late Middle Ages to its emergence as a form of mass entertainment in our time, the authors explore what happens when today's "industrial tourism" collides with an ancient and ever-more-fragile culture. Giving equal consideration to those who tour Venice and those who live there, their book affords rare insight into just what it is that the touring and the toured see, experience, and elicit from each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520241206
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/25/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Note to Readersxi
Introduction: The City Built on the Sea1
Part 1Timescape
1.Pilgrims' Rest11
2.Strumpets and Trumps30
Part 2Landscape
3.The Heart of the Matter55
4.Lost in the Labyrinth79
5.Contested Ground105
Part 3Seascape
6.The Floating Signifier133
7.Behind the Stage160
8.Dangerous Waters181
Part 4Worldscape
9.Restoration Comedies211
10.Ships and Fools237
11.Taking It All Home261
Afterword: Chi ciapa schei xe contento293
Notes301
Bibliography335
Index345

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