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Excursions in IdentityTravel and the Intersection of Place, Gender, and Status in Edo Japan$
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Laura Nenzi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831172

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831172.001.0001

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Icons of Escapism

Icons of Escapism

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(p.141) Chapter 6 Icons of Escapism
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Excursions in Identity
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Laura Nenzi

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831172.003.0006

This chapter argues that the emergence of duplicates and souvenirs, including other commodities of escapism such as travel novels, disconnected the visitor/reader from the “real” experience. By devices such as edible specialties, transportable knickknacks, and duplicated travelscapes, the entire geography of the land and the heritage and essence of its sites became available to travelers from almost all walks of life. Thus, it provided a convenient, more manageable, and just as acceptable version of travel and of its backdrop. The marketing of traditions as trinkets and the use of forgeries and surrogates occasionally prompted skepticism and confusion, but the vast majority of visitors who flocked to see them showed no sign of being bothered by the fact that many sites were nothing but imitations.

Keywords:   souvenirs, escapism, travel novels, duplicated travelscapes

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