Venice, the Tourist Maze A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City

ISBN-10: 0520241207
ISBN-13: 9780520241206
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

"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.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note to Readers
Introduction: The City Built on the Sea
Timescape
Pilgrims' Rest
Strumpets and Trumps
Landscape
The Heart of the Matter
Lost in the Labyrinth
Contested Ground
Seascape
The Floating Signifier
Behind the Stage
Dangerous Waters
Worldscape
Restoration Comedies
Ships and Fools
Taking It All Home
Afterword: Chi ciapa schei xe contento
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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