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“What happens [in Vegas]”: Performing the post-tourist flâneur in “New York” and “Paris”
Text and Performance Quarterly (2005)
  • Andrew F Wood, San Jose State University
Abstract
This essay explores Las Vegas as a stage-set for tourist performance. Initially, I outline Walter Benjamin’s notion of the flaˆneur as a framework for my study before addressing two foci of this paper: (1) the site of Las Vegas as ‘‘omnitopian’’ enclosure and (2) the performance of Las Vegas through post-tourism. Following this analysis, I discuss consequences of inauthentic post-tourist play as imagined by critics of ‘‘mere pleasure.’’
Keywords
  • Flaneur,
  • Las Vegas,
  • Omnitopia,
  • Post-Tourism,
  • Souvenirs
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Publication Date
2005
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Citation Information
Andrew F Wood. "“What happens [in Vegas]”: Performing the post-tourist flâneur in “New York” and “Paris”" Text and Performance Quarterly Vol. 25 Iss. 4 (2005) ISSN: 1046-2937
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrew_wood/9/