1579.24 - Literature and tourism (BA)

Course number
Literature and tourism (BA)
Students must have completed the required, obligatory component of the BA in Faroese. Admission may also be granted under alternative prerequisites (see programme description).
The purpose of the course is to provide the students with knowledge of a multidisciplinary field that combines tourism studies and literary analysis and gives them the ability to use and assess new methods in literary studies working with texts and tourist marketing campaigns. Furthermore, the course aims to make the students capable of discussing tourism studies within recent and historical developments in the field of literary research as well as in a societal context.
Through a combination of tourism studies and literary analysis we will examine how contemporary Faroese literature depicts the interaction between people and places and showcase a shift in this interaction as a result of globalization, and more specifically as a result of an increased tourism in the Faroe Islands during recent years. Bergur R. Moberg writes in Radierende felter (2021) about a new awareness in Faroese society of the look from the outside and that this gives rise “to a new awareness of the Faroe Islands as a destination” (p. 211). Based on analysis and discussions by Moberg and other literary scholars who have studied the interaction between tourism and literature, we will examine how literary depictions of the Faroe Islands have been used in tourist campaigns and ask: what impact does the exploitation of literary depictions have on the cultural and literary landscape in the Faroe Islands – and how is that impact reflected in new literature?
Learning and teaching approaches
Short lectures, teacher- and student presentations, group-work with focused time-limited assignments.
Learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course are able to: • Analytically read theoretical texts that discuss the shared characteristics of tourism and literature • Explain and differentiate between theories and concepts in the multidisciplinary field of tourism studies and literary studies • Apply definitions and concepts from tourism studies in their analytical work with different kinds of texts • Discuss and analyse literary texts on the basis of ideas and concepts from tourism studies • Discuss tourist depictions of places in a literary and societal context
Assessment method
Two-week written assignment.
Marking scale
A complete bibliography will be delivered at the beginning of the course, including – among others – these texts: • Baldacchino, Godfrey (red.) 2018: The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies. Routledge • Hansen, Bergur Djurhuus. 2015: Er heima til? Faroe University Press • Ísleifsson, Sumarliði R. 2011: Iceland and Images of the North. Presses de l'Université du Québec • Kapstein, Helen. 2017: Postcolonial Nations, Islands, and Tourism - Reading Real and Imagined Spaces. Rowman and Littlefield International • Moberg, Bergur Rønne. 2021: ”Fra ’nation building’ til ’destination building’”. Radierende felter - Prosaens litterære laboratorium. Multivers, p. 200-243 • Morton, Timothy. 2009 (2007): Ecology Without Nature – Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics. Harvard University Press • Richards, Greg (red.). 2007: Cultural Tourism - Global and Local Perspectives. The Haworth Hospitality Press • Urry, John og Larsen, Jonas. 2011 (1990): The Tourist Gaze 3.0. Sage Publications, 9th edition • Thisted, Kirsten og Gremaud, Ann-Sofie N. (eds.) 2020: Denmark and the New North Atlantic – Narratives and Memories in a Former Empire. Vol. 1-2, Aarhus University Press
Helena Lamhauge-Mortensen