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‘A faint whiff of cigar’: The literary tourist’s experience of visiting writers’ homes

‘A faint whiff of cigar’: The literary tourist’s experience of visiting writers’ homes

MacLeod, Nicola ORCID: 0000-0001-7504-2270 (2020) ‘A faint whiff of cigar’: The literary tourist’s experience of visiting writers’ homes. Current Issues in Tourism, 24 (9). pp. 1211-1226. ISSN 1368-3500 (Print), 1747-7603 (Online) (doi:

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Places associated with authors and their literary creations are popular attractions and amongst the most compelling of these literary tourism sites are writers’ homes where visitors can gain personal insights into their favourite artists. However, there are few studies on the experience of literary tourists in these settings and this paper addresses this gap by analysing 1200 TripAdvisor reviews of four well-known English and American literary homes using Leximancer software which uses a quantitative approach to carry out qualitative analysis of text. The conceptual framework of the genius loci was used to inform this analysis of the literary visitor experience. The findings revealed that for these literary visitors, the domestic setting was the most important aspect of the visit, coupled with the knowledge gained and the experience of being in proximity to the creative process itself. Further thematic analysis also revealed that visitors were keen to seek out authentic, personal objects and sensed the presence of the deceased author within the house. The article concludes that the notion of the genius loci – the presiding spirit of place – is a useful way of conceptualising the literary visitor’s experience of author’s homes and informing their presentation and management as visitor attractions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literary tourism, literary tourist, writer’s house, Leximancer, TripAdvisor, genius loci
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2021 01:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 2

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