Throwback Thursday: Midnight in Paris and The Tourist Gaze, Desire for Self-Mastery, and a New Kind of Ethnographer

Another Throwback Thursday essay! I wrote this essay during my senior year as an Undergraduate for a course on portrayals of the tourist in film. This essay discusses Woody Allen’s fantastic Midnight in Paris and how the character of Gil (Owen Wilson) interacts with the Tourist Gaze in order to fulfill his desire of self-mastery, his interactions with the Tourist Gaze posit him as a new type of ethnographer who hopes to gain something from the “natives” as a result of immersing himself in a society.

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