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    Katrina tourism and a tale of two cities: visualizing race and class in New Orleans

    Hartnell, Anna (2009) Katrina tourism and a tale of two cities: visualizing race and class in New Orleans. American Quarterly 61 (3), pp. 723-747. ISSN 0003-0678.

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    This essay explores new forms of tourism that have emerged in post-Katrina New Orleans. It begins by looking at the ways in which the city's long history of commodifying black culture for predominantly white tourists has enabled the existence of two parallel worlds. Though distinct, these worlds are defined by a necessarily precarious boundary which allows New Orleans's tourists to experience African American culture “up close.” The voyeurism of the post-hurricane disaster tourism works rather differently. The Katrina bus tours, which transport tourists to storm-devastated neighbourhoods, focus eyes on a landscape peculiarly devoid of human inhabitants; likewise, the IMAX feature Hurricane on the Bayou is driven by a de-politicized environmentalism that elides the human cost of the storm. Both offer a sense of closure by rendering the ongoing post-Katrina racial fallout all but invisible. The essay argues that this possibly indicates a new and deeper kind of disconnect between the two parallel cities that reside in New Orleans.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 14:46
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:31


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