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The Da Vinci Node: Networks of Neo-pilgrimage in the European Cosmopolis

Tzanelli, R (2010) The Da Vinci Node: Networks of Neo-pilgrimage in the European Cosmopolis. International Journal of Humanities, 8 (3). 113 - 128 . ISSN 1447-9508

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Abstract

The paper explores how the Da Vinci Code, a novel by Dan Brown, and its cinematic adaptation (2006) operate as a ‘node’ for European capitalist networks of corporeal and virtual travel. Reexamining the convergence, as well as the divergence of patterns and practices of early travel and contemporary tourism, the paper discusses the centrality of technologies of “gazing” upon other cultures and of collecting cultural signs to the global networks of contemporary (digitized or corporeal) travel. It is argued that the film and the novel assist in the interpellation of a new type of traveler, what is termed here a neo-pilgrim. The mobilization of neo-pilgrimage by global tourist networks also indicates a kind of staged cosmopolitanism that originates in conceptions of the cosmopolitan as the epistemological subject of Enlightenment political philosophy. Contrariwise, however, the cosmopolitanism of the Da Vinci Code democratizes the consumption of what used to be regarded as high culture, reserved exclusively for the old, aristocratic, elites of Europe. It will be argued that the novel and the film break away from established codes of authorship in cultural production while debating the emergence of a new service class of professional travelers whose fleeting visits to museums, galleries, luxury hotels and boulevards operate as both unacknowledged touring of commoditised European heritage and an aspect of personal self-betterment and self-education.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: cosmopolitanism, democratisation, Europe, heritage, mobility, neo-pilgrim, tourist gaze, travel
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 15:51
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 18:44
Published Version: http://www.humanities-journal.com/
Status: Published
Publisher: Common Ground
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43392

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