Introduction: Dark Tourism in the American West
The introduction to this book explores the various perspectives of the American West and considers the role of imagination in forming visions of western spaces. While the West has been seen as a land of opportunity, this vision has its counter in the violence, suffering, and death at sites of dark tourism. These spaces and the artifacts they contain (an abandoned piano, a deserted house) invite reflection on the “tangible material losses” of westward migration. Dawes also considers the value of dark tourism as it allows us to view the western spaces and places from different perspectives. She provides a roadmap for this book and explains some of the larger connections among the works in this volume.
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