Tourism, Gender and the Environment in the Spanish Speaking World

This course focuses on tourism in the Hispanic Caribbean and in Spain, two areas of the Spanish-speaking world that have attracted a large number of tourists since the 1960s. We will engage with theoretical texts that draw from post-colonial, gender and feminist studies in order to examine images of tourists and locals in autobiographical works, novels, films, photographs, publicity posters as well as government and social initiatives in Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. We will examine how filmmakers, writers, tourist authorities and politicians have portrayed and debated the consequences of tourism—including such themes as sex tourism, environmental change, landscape transformation and the ethics of tourism—in several countries. The course explores how gender, national and racial stereotypes, economic and cultural differences are constructed and questioned in literature, photography and film and how tourism is central in reinforcing and challenging national and regional identities in numerous Spanish-speaking countries.

Primary sources:
Bustamante, Lissette. Jineteras. Barcelona: Altera, 2003.
Chaviano, Daína. El hombre, la hembra y el hambre. Barcelona: Planeta, 1998.
Consuegra, Olga. La noche parió una jinetera. Valencia: Aduana Vieja Editorial, 2010.
Díaz, Jesús. Dime algo sobre Cuba. Madrid: Espasa, 1998.
Fraga Iribarne, Fraga. Memoria breve de una vida política. Barcelona: Planeta, 1980.
Franco, Francisco. Discursos y mensajes del jefe del estado. Madrid: Dirección General de Información Publicaciones Españolas, 1955.
Goytisolo, Juan. Reivindicación del conde don Julián. Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1976.
Umbral, Francisco. Las europeas. Barcelona: Ediciones G.P., 1974.
Valdés, Zoé. “Retrato de una infancia habanaviejera.” In Nuevos narradores cubanos. Ed. Mechi Strausfeld. Huertas: Siruela, 2000. 17-24.

Films and Photography:
Balletbò-Coll, Marta. Costa Brava  (1995, Film)
Bigas Luna. Huevos de oro  (1993, Film)
Cárdenas, Israel, and Laura Amelia Guzmán. Dólares de arena (2014, Film)
Chibás Fernández, Eduardo. Bye, bye Barcelona (2014, Film)
García Berlanga, Luis. El verdugo  (1963, Film)
Javierre-Kohan, Mark, and Jesús Martinez. Lloret Paradise. Barcelona: Carena, 2014.

Critial Sources:
Berger, Dina, and Andrew G. Wood. Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
Cabezas, Amalia L. Economies of Desire: Sex and Tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009.
Cave, Jenny  and Lee Jolliffe and Tom Baum. Tourism and Souvenirs: Glocal Perspectives from the Margins. New York: Channel View Publications, 2013.
Crumbaugh, Justin. Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spainʼs Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009.
Grosz, Elizabeth. Volatile Bodies. Toward a Corporeal Feminism. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994.
Robinson, Mike, and David Picard. The Framed World: Tourism, Tourists and Photography. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009.
Talpade Mohanty, Chandra. Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.
Williams, Brackette. Women Out of Place: The Gender of Agency and the Role of Nationality. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Language of instruction: Spanish

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