Grounded in the Irish Hills of Michigan, this essay offers performative curation as a method to address the complexities of virtual tourist experiences, in terms of postindustrial, rural, roadside tourism and nostalgic memory. Performative curation juxtaposes tourist accounts, “official” histories, autoethnography, tall tales, dramatic scripts, descriptions of physical artifacts, images, and other texts. As a hybrid of performative writing, collage, and digital content curation, the method is reflexive about the mediation involved in visiting, representing, and remembering tourist locations, and asks the reader to take an explicitly active and ethical role in the virtual tour and meaning-making process.
The Irish Hills of Michigan: A Performative Curation
Lyndsay Michalik Gratch is Assistant Professor of Film in the School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College. The author would like to thank Stacy Holman Jones, Sohinee Roy, the anonymous reviewers, Ariel Gratch, Barbara Michalik, and Roy Michalik Sr. for their help in making this publication a reality. Correspondence to: Lyndsay Michalik Gratch, School of Liberal Arts, C–1105, Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lyndsay Michalik Gratch; The Irish Hills of Michigan: A Performative Curation. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2018; 7 (1): 68–100. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.1.68
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