(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2001)

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The space of the dream : a case of mis-taken identity ?

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The paper examines the inherent contradictions presented by locating the space of the dream. The fictitious lamasery of Shangri-La described by J. Hilton in the novel Lost Horizon, claimed to have been inspired by a monastery to the north of Zhongdian (Yunnan, China). Whilst some of the idyllic attributes of Hilton's vision of paradise on Earth are grounded in the natural and cultural diversity of the entire region, contengencies of place were bound to compromise any attempt to promote any one location as such for the purposes of international tourism. If it is a case of mis-taken identity, however, does it matter ?


Article of periodic

published at : Area / ISSN 0004-0894

Editor : Institute of British Geographers, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1969)

Millesime : 2001, vol. 33, no1 [pp. 47-54]

Bibliographic references : 33 ref.

Collation : Illustration ;




Laboratoire INTERGEO - Paris

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 19067

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