2015-2016 Colloquium Series
The Tourism Studies Working Group and the
Canadian Studies Program, UC Berkeley
are pleased to announce the Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture
in honor of the founder of the Canadian Studies Program at Berkeley
FROM THE FOREST PRIMEVAL TO THE SPELL OF THE YUKON:
Literary Tourism in Canada
Dr. Rita Ross
(Associate Director Emerita, Canadian Studies Program)
Wednesday, January 27, 2:00 PM
233 Moses Hall
University of California, Berkeley
In this presentation I focus upon a subset of tourist travel to Canada, that inspired by favorite authors and books. Canada, though not to the same extent as, say, the British Isles, can boast some important literary tourist sites having cultural, literary, and economic dimensions. Today I propose to lead you on an east-to-west visit to some of these tourist centers, discussing how they are interwoven with ideas about Canadian authors, Canadian landscapes, and Canada itself. In honor of Tom Barnes I will start and end in two places that were of special interest to him: Nova Scotia and the North.
Dr. Rita Ross is an anthropologist and folklorist who has studied the Acadians and their heroine Evangeline since the 1980s. She taught for many years in the California State University system, and is recently retired from the position of Associate Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a past president of the Western Canadian Studies Association. In recent years her work has increasingly considered the relationships between literature, folklore, popular culture, tourism, and the broader cultural contexts in which they are embedded. Her article "Cultural Heroines and Canadian Imaginaries: Evangeline and Anne" recently appeared in the book Critical Insights: Contemporary Canadian Fiction, ed. Carol L. Beran, Grey House, 2014.