Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Old Cataract Hotel at Aswan

Evening on the Nile, Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan - Nile River

Colonial Nostalgia includes “a desire to re-create and recover the world of late Victorian and Edwardian colonialism as a culture of extraordinary confidence and conspicuous opulence: in a word – Thomas Cook’s word – ‘majesty’” (Gregory 140). Along with images of opulence (consistently devoid of the suffering or dissent of the colonial subject) in colonial nostalgia, Gregory goes on to point out, are “notations” of race, class, gender and sexuality (141).

Gregory, D. “Colonial nostalgia and cultures of travel: spaces of constructed visibility in Egypt.” Consuming tradition, manufacturing heritage: global norms and urban forms in the age of tourism. Ed. Nezar AlSayyad. Vancouver: University of British Colombia, 2001. Print

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