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The Eco-Tourist, English Heritage, and Arthurian Legend: Walking with Thoreau

From: Arthuriana
Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2013
pp. 20-39 | 10.1353/art.2013.0001



This article examines natural sites connected to Arthurian legend in the context of their construction as tourist sites and their designation as ecologically significant. Reading these sites through the works of Henry David Thoreau, it connects his strategic medievalism to a modern, nostalgic tendency to locate ‘nature’ in the past, paradoxically existing once (the vanished wilderness) and future (the restored wetland). (KCK)