Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

Virtual Dark Tourism

Ghost Roads

Editors: McDaniel, Kathryn N. (Ed.)

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  • Applies dark tourism to the virtual realm, breaking open new territory on the cutting edge of Memory Studies
  • Addresses how virtual pilgrimages influence consumers, readers, viewers, and gamers  
  • Explores how imitations of thanatourism shape cultural understandings of the past
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About this book

This book takes the concept of “dark tourism”—journeys to sites of death, suffering, and calamity—in an innovative yet essential direction by applying it to the virtual realms of literature, film and television, the Internet, and gaming. Essays focus both on the creative construction of imaginary journeys and the historiographic and civic consequences of such memorializations. From World War II time-travel novels to Game of Thrones, and from Internet reproductions of Rwandan genocide locations to invented tragedies in futuristic domains, authors from various fields examine the purpose and influence of simulated travels to morbid sites. Designed for a wide audience of scholars and travelers virtual and real, this volume raises awareness about the many pathways through which we encounter death experiences in contemporary society. What we know about the past—or, what we think we know about it—is shaped daily by such imagined journeys as these.

About the authors

Kathryn N. McDaniel is Andrew U. Thomas Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Marietta College, USA. A British historian specializing in intersections between popular culture and history, she is also co-editor of Harry Potter for Nerds 2.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction to Virtual Dark Tourism: Disaster in the Space of the Imagination

    Pages 1-18

    McDaniel, Kathryn N.

  • “Some Lingering Influence in the Shunned House”: H. P. Lovecraft’s Three Invitations to Dark Tourism

    Pages 21-39

    Sturgis, Amy H.

  • “Imagined Ghosts on Unfrequented Roads”: Gothic Tourism in Nineteenth-Century Cornwall

    Pages 41-61

    Passey, Joan

  • Through the Looking Glass Darkly: The Convergence of Past and Present in Connie Willis’s Time-Travel Novels

    Pages 63-85

    McDaniel, Kathryn N.

  • Cinematic Thanatourism and the Purloined Past: The “Game of Thrones Effect” and the Effect of Game of Thrones on History

    Pages 89-112

    Mathews, Jana

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Virtual Dark Tourism
Book Subtitle
Ghost Roads
Editors
  • Kathryn N. McDaniel
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74687-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74687-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74686-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09055-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 323
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