‘Contexts often indicate our meanings so clearly that we do not even have to say what we mean in order to be understood.’ 1 With The Tourist Kourtney Roy once again distinguishes herself as the virtuoso of context creation. Holidays should be relaxing, but when you’re the tourist looking for a husband, the holiday soon becomes hard work. You need to keep your tan topped up, those fingernails flawless and your choice of clothes co-ordinated. You must ensure your body is well-honed and toned, in order to sport designer beachwear, fashioned from faux-snake or faux-alligator or faux- leopard. Faux is not out of place in a world of fakery where flamingos, starfish, dinosaurs and talon-like nails are all far from authentic. But amidst the imitation, we catch glimpses of reality: real cruise ships, actual beaches, genuine seagulls and an authentic alligator. Thankfully, the tourist wears glitter and spangle, so the scaly hatchling is safe, unlike his ill-fated ancestors, destined for the luxury market. The Tourist contains all the Roy hallmarks we love and expect: auto- portraiture, a filmic approach, her...
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