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Literary tourism: reading between the places

Tourisme littéraire, lire entre les lieux

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Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Le tourisme littéraire constitue un point pivot entre le réel et l’imaginaire et s'observe sur tous les continents. Souvent modestes, les aménagements de la ressource littéraire peuvent être plus ambitieux et susciter de grandes affluences et des investissements majeurs a fortiori lorsque l'œuvre concernée est associée à une adaptation cinématographique. Participent aussi du phénomène les foires et les salons du livre généralistes, et autres festivals. Vous êtes invités à explorer les déclinaisons et modalités du tourisme littéraire en s’intéressant, entre autres, aux acteurs du tourisme littéraire, aux paysages et aux lieux du tourisme littéraire ainsi qu’aux défis méthodologiques de l’analyse du phénomène du tourisme littéraire. 



Téoros magazineis launching a call for texts for a special edition on literary tourism. As a literary tourist, the visitor follows in the footsteps of an author, discovers a fictional universe, or explores a territory through multiple literary perspectives. While literary tourism has led to the publication of a number of texts in the English-speaking world (for example Robinson and Anderson, 2003; Watson 2006; 2009), this form of tourism is still little studied in the Francophone realm (Moulina, 2014), even though writers’ homes, literary walks and a number of other pathways are revitalized by the experiential tourism trend.

Literary tourism always references a form of memory: the work as an author's testimony on a period, whether distant or not. Added to this are the personal memories of the reader who becomes a tourist. Reading remains a private practice, even if it is coloured by the social group to which one belongs. It colours the perceptions and representations of locations and guides the expectations of the tourist, who wishes, through this experience, to live or relive emotions that are, in essence, intensely personal. As such, literary tourism is a pivot point between the real and the imaginary, between historical facts associated with the biographies of authors and their stories and the liberties taken through the creative writing process and the detours that readers themselves are free to take.

Literary tourism can be observed on all continents. Often modest, the amenities of the literary resource can be more ambitious (long-distance footpaths for example) and draw large crowds and major investments a fortiori when the work in question is associated with a film adaptation (think of Harry PotterEat, Pray, Love or evenInterview with the Vampire).

General book exhibits and fairs are also part of the phenomenon, as are the many festivals specializing in a literary genre (comics, crime novels, etc.). These are opportunities for the reader to meet favourite authors and for publishing professionals to discuss among themselves and with the public at large. So much so that literary tourism resonates with a broad spectrum of players. Hence one may wonder if this would not be fertile ground for exploring the concept of cluster, more and more frequently referenced in the tourism field of today (Fabry and Zeghni, 2012; thematic issue of Revue Espaces, 2013).

Main themes

This special edition will explore the variations and forms of literary tourism. The authors will be invited to focus, among other things, on the following issues:

• The actors of literary tourism.

 What are the stakeholder dynamics (tour operators, museum managers, associations, tourists, etc.) specific to literary tourism and how do they resonate with other tourism sectors, land use planning and everyday life? 

• The landscapes and locations of literary tourism.

What negotiation occurs between identity and heritage imperatives and economic issues? How might the motivations of visitors and keepers of literary heritage finally coincide? What are the effects of literary tourism on the attractiveness and frequentation of places to visit?

• The preferred methods to analyze the phenomenon of literary tourism.

How to calculate the economic and social benefits of literary tourism? How to identify the experiential added value of an eminently introspective practice?

All other proposals, in keeping with the theme, will be carefully considered. 

Conditions that proposals must meet

Author(s) must provide a manuscript, preferably in French or English, in a format respecting the journal’s rules, which are available at www.teoros.revues.org/168. Texts must be submitted in Word format (no PDF) and must be approximately 7,000 to 7,500 words long. Texts must also include:

  • a clearly stated research objective (question);
  • a description of the research methodology used; and
  • a theoretical component.

Téoros has an international readership. Author(s) are asked to keep this in mind when they present their cases studies in order to make them accessible to readers who may be less familiar with the destination or area under study.

Each article must include:

  • the first and last names of all authors (maximum of three (3));
  • their main title(s) and affiliation(s) (one per contributor);
  • their e-mail and mailing address(es)
  • a summary not exceeding 150-200 words;
  • an identification of the field(s) of study;
  • and a list of keywords (maximum of five).

Submission date for texts

September 1,2016

Issue coordinators

Pierre-Mathieu Le Bel and Mauricette Fournier, Université Blaise PascalCentre for Studies and Applied Research in the Massif Central, the Mountainous and Fragile Landscapes (CERAMAC),Clermont-Ferrand, France.


Authors are invited to provide three or four royalty-free, high resolution (300 dpi) illustrations, along with a clear caption and the name of the photographer.

Originality of the study

Manuscripts submitted for publication in Téoros must make an original scientific contribution. Authors remain responsible for the content of their articles and the opinions expressed therein, as well as for corrections of data and bibliographical references. The deadline to submit texts is September 1, 2016. Proposed texts must be sent to the journal: teoros@uqam.ca Please write « Literary Tourism» in the subject line. In preparation for submitting their manuscript by the above-mentioned deadline, authors may wish to submit a draft version. This will allow editors to judge whether the themes discussed in the article are acceptable and meet the objectives of the thematic edition.

Téoros aims to contribute to the development and the enhancement of the scientific study of tourism in a multidisciplinary perspective by asserting itself as a leader in research in francophone world. The journal, created in 1982, is published twice a year and publish articles in French and English.

Téoros is an institutional Journal of the University of Quebec in Montreal. The journal has support from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Aid to Scholarly Journal Program. The Journal is recognized by the French Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education (EARHE).

Director and editor-in-chief: Martin DROUIN, Ph.D., Professor, ESG UQAM 

Select bibliography

  • Fabry, N. et S. Zeghni (2012), « Tourisme et développement local : une application aux clusters de tourisme », Mondes en développement, n157, p. 97- 110.
  • Hendrix, H. (éd.) (2008), Writers' Houses and the Making of Memory, New York, Routledge, 296 p.
  • Herbert, D. (2001), « Literary places, tourism and the heritage experience », Annals of Tourism Research, vol. 28, no 2, p. 312-333.
  • MacLeod, N., D. Hayes et A. Slater (2009), « Reading the Landscape: The Development of a Typology of Literary Trails that Incorporate an Experiential Design Perspective »,Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management, no 18, p. 154-172.
  • Molina, G. (2014), « La fabrique spatiale de la littérature oulipienne »,EspacesTemps.net, Travaux, http://www.espacestemps.net/articles/la-fabrique-spatiale-de-la-litterature-oulipienne/
  • Revue Espaces (2013), Numéro thématique Clusters et Tourisme n°312, mai, 58 pages.
  • Robinson, M., Andersen, H.-C. (dir), (2003), Literature and Tourism: essays in the reading and writing of tourism, Londres, Thomson, 320 pages.
  • Watson, N.J. (2006), The literary tourist. Readers and Places in Romantic and Victorian
  • Britain, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 256 pages.
  • Watson, N.J. (éd.) (2009), Literary Tourism and Nineteenth-Century Culture, Basingstoke,
  • Palgrave Macmillan, 244 pages.


  • CERAMAC - 4 rue Ledru
    Clermont-Ferrand, France (63057)


  • Thursday, September 01, 2016

Attached files


  • tourisme littéraire, tourisme culturel, patrimoine littéraire, tourisme


  • Mauricette Fournier
    courriel : mauricette [dot] fournier [at] uca [dot] fr
  • Pierre-Mathieu Le Bel
    courriel : pmlebel [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Frédérique Van Celst
    courriel : frederique [dot] van_celst [at] uca [dot] fr


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« Literary tourism: reading between the places », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, https://doi.org/10.58079/urb

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