Writing on the Graceland Wall: On the Importance of Authorship in Pilgrimage Landscapes

@article{Alderman2002WritingOT,
  title={Writing on the Graceland Wall: On the Importance of Authorship in Pilgrimage Landscapes},
  author={D. Alderman},
  journal={Tourism Recreation Research},
  year={2002},
  volume={27},
  pages={27 - 33}
}
  • D. Alderman
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • Tourism Recreation Research
The journey to Graceland—the final residence and resting place of singer and entertainer Elvis Presley—has become a major pilgrimage within modern popular culture and tourism. As a cultural religious landscape, Graceland plays an important role in both the official and vernacular construction of Elvis as a sacred figure. This paper examines the vernacular aspects of Graceland, specifically the practice of visitors inscribing messages on the fieldstone wall outside the estate. By focusing on the… Expand
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