Media tourism, culinary cultures, and embodied fan experience

Visiting Hannibal’s Florence

Authored by: Rebecca Williams

The Routledge Companion to Media and Tourism

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138366282
eBook ISBN: 9780429430398
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This chapter focuses on media and fan tourism via a case study of a trip made to Florence in Italy, inspired by the television series Hannibal. It brings together work on media tourism, fan pilgrimage and food tourism to argue that encounters with food and drink allow fans to form and maintain affective connections to fan objects and, in the case of fan tourism, inhabit important spaces. Analysing the experience of visiting locations from Hannibal and engaging in related culinary activities, it argues that the consumption of fannish culinary objects in relevant locations enables fans to negotiate the boundaries between the textual, the bodily and the spatial.

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