Cultural memory and remembering tourism in Spain: the re-imagination of the Spanish Civil War through tourism, narrative and place

Fairhurst, Zoe (2016) Cultural memory and remembering tourism in Spain: the re-imagination of the Spanish Civil War through tourism, narrative and place. MA(Res) thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

Memory is not only considered as an individual or collective remembrance of the past, but also as a social act of reconstructing it. In its diverse forms, memory has the ability to change the way society thinks of itself, the past and of space, therefore also retaining the capacity to develop narratives associated with these three fields. This study investigates the interaction of memory, narrative, and space in Spain’s heritage tourism industry to reveal how the Spanish Civil War is represented in contemporary Spain. Through both primary and secondary research, this study reveals how tour narratives have been adapted for both international and domestic audiences to inscribe sites with specific meaning and to provide knowledge on key elements of Spanish heritage. In contrasting the efforts made by independent, unofficial tour guides, and experiences constructed by government agencies, this research exposes the successes and failures of a variety of tourist endeavours, revealing the potential models that could encourage a public confrontation with the past.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MA(Res))
Supervisors: Stockey, Gareth
Roberts, Stephen
Keywords: Spanish civil war, cultural memory, tourism, tour narratives
Subjects: D History - General and Old World > DP Spain. Portugal
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Item ID: 38821
Depositing User: Fairhurst, Zoe
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 15:31
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 14:12
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38821

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