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The touring reader: understanding the bibliophile's experience of literary tourism

The touring reader: understanding the bibliophile's experience of literary tourism

MacLeod, Nicola ORCID: 0000-0001-7504-2270, Shelley, Jennifer and Morrison, Alastair M. (2018) The touring reader: understanding the bibliophile's experience of literary tourism. Tourism Management, 67. pp. 388-398. ISSN 0261-5177 (Print), 1879-3193 (Online) (doi:

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This research explores the literary enthusiast’s experience of planning and undertaking literary inspired trips. The research reconceptualises the dominant figure of the literary pilgrim, inspired to visit sites associated with favourite authors, by using detailed results from 30 open-ended surveys distributed to delegates at a literary conference. The findings indicate that these keen readers prefer to plan their own trips and shun organised attractions and mainstream tourist information in favour of employing the texts themselves as source material. Respondents then feed back their experiences into the re-reading of the literary text. These findings are analysed using the concept of concretisation borrowed from literary theory. This concept, which has not been used in previous tourist studies, reflects the experience of these visitors who are using travel to solidify their reading of favourite books. This research therefore highlights the interdependence of texts and travels and emphasises the important role that imagination plays in the experience and recollection of tourist trips.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literary tourism, readers, pilgrims, tourist experience, concretisation, United Kingdom
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 12:47
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 1
Selected for REF2021: REF 1

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