Special Issue • Literature, Tourism, and Waterscapes2023
Water contains multiple layers of meaning. It is associated with purification, the washing away of sins, rebirth. Water is an emblem of flow, fluidity, movement, transition, change. Water refreshes, regenerates, vitalises. Water is life itself! As such, there is no wonder it has been a symbol in the literary works of all times, appearing in a variety of shapes: ocean, sea, river, lake, waterfall, rain and many more. Water itself travels through time and space and is shaped by tangible and intangible heritage, changing landscapes and the ways we see the world.
However, waterscapes in literature have not been studied much with relation to tourism. And yet they are a significant form of heritage and culture, and a material place as well.