Holiday Poetics: An Introduction

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David Pinho Barros


When considering modern and contemporary summer holidays as a social phenomenon, there might be a temptation to read them solely as a buoyant ramification of late capitalist habits, a garish bourgeois mass entertainment institution as futile and platitudinous as can be, leading to acritical tourism, hypertrophied infrastructural developments, dishonestly overpriced meals, and cheesy events aiming at a shallow carefree amusement. The history and cultural role of this fundamental recurring experience is, however, much more complex and significative than this clichéd portrait might reveal, and its legal birth in the modern age is the result of paramount rights arduously claimed by the European working classes in the interwar period.

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Pinho Barros, D. (2022). Holiday Poetics: An Introduction. Imaginaires, (24), 8-14.
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David Pinho Barros, University of Porto

David Pinho Barros is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto and a researcher at the Margarida Losa Institute for Comparative Literature. He holds a PhD in Literature from the KU Leuven and a PhD in Literary, Cultural and Interartistic Studies from the University of Porto, with a thesis elaborated under a cotutelle agreement between both institutions. He is the author of The Clear Line in Comics and Cinema, published by Leuven University Press.