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Subject/Keyword
Mayan Village as theatre
Coba
Tour
performing tourism
Representing authenticity
Riviera Maya
Tourist
Scenario of Discovery
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Batchelor, Brian
Supervisor and department
Piet, Defraeye (Drama)
Examining committee member and department
Cisneros, Odile (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Kerr, Rosalind (Drama)
Muneroni, Stefano (Drama)
Department
Department of Drama
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-11-09T19:47:23Z
Graduation date
2011-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis is a guidebook to the complex networks of representations in the Cobá Mayan Jungle Adventure and Cobá Mayan Village tours in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. Sold to tourists as opportunities to encounter an authentic Mayan culture and explore the ancient ruins at Cobá, these excursions exemplify the crossroads at which touristic and Western scientific discourses construct a Mayan Other, and can therefore be scrutinized as staged post-colonial encounters mediated by scriptural and performative economies: the Museum of Maya Culture (Castaneda) and the scenario of discovery (Taylor). Tourist and Maya are not discrete identities but rather inter-related performances: the Maya become mysterious and jungle-connected while the tourist plays the modernized adventurer/discoverer. However, the tours’ foundations ultimately crumble due to uncanny and partial representations. As the roles and narratives that present the Maya as indigenous Other fracture, so too do those that construct the tourist as authoritative consumer of cultural differentiation.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3GM1S
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License granted by Brian Batchelor (brianb@ualberta.ca) on 2010-11-05T19:43:45Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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