It seems odd to be promoting my own book, but it’s standard to announce new books from UWaterloo English faculty on our blog. So here you are, the news that Dr. Jennifer Harris of the Department of English is co-editor of From Page to Place American Literary Tourism and the Afterlives of Authors (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017). Hilary Iris Lowe and I have spent the past few years immersed in this project, editing, writing a thorough introduction that surveys the field, and composing our own chapters. My chapter is on the difficulties of promoting the home of Jupiter Hammon, enslaved on Long Island in the eighteenth century, as a site of tourism–especially when compared with other sites of African American Literary Tourism. Other authors address Twain, Whitman, Throeau, coffee table books, guide books, Edith Wharton, Little House on the Prairie, and more. From the press:
Literary tourism has existed in the United States since at least the early nineteenth century, and now includes sites in almost every corner of the country. From Page to Place examines how Americans have taken up this form of tourism, offering an investigation of the places and practices of literary tourism from literary scholars, historians, tour guides, and collectors. The essays here begin to trace for the first time the histories of some of these sites, the rituals associated with literary tourism, and the ways readers and visitors consume popular literature through touristic endeavors. In addition to the editors, contributors include Rebecca Rego Barry, Susann Bishop, Ben de Bruyn, Erin Hazard, Caroline Hellman, Michelle McClellan, Mara Scanlon, and Klara-Stephanie Szlezák.