Christian Pilgrimage, Landscape, and Heritage
Journeying to the Sacred
Routledge – 2013 – 224 pages
Routledge – 2013 – 224 pages
This volume provides a theoretically- and empirically-grounded study of the significance of landscape, its intersection with cultural heritage, and associated implications for tourism, in Christian pilgrimage. It provides an international and interdenominational perspective on these issues, drawing on a wide range of examples and using three detailed case studies: Meteora, Greece; Subiaco, Italy; and the Isle of Man, British Isles. These case studies have been chosen for their international and denominational diversity, as well as rich landscape and heritage contexts. They include Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Ecumenical/ Protestant denominations, incorporating different Christian theologies, practices and perspectives on the nature and purpose of pilgrimage. None have received significant attention within pilgrimage literature and thus provide a wealth of new comparative data to evaluate in relation to existing studies of Christian pilgrimage. They draw on rich participant experiential accounts and interviews with clergy, laity and local stakeholders.
The volume provides analysis of this original data which is inflected by careful attention to theoretical and conceptual engagement with literature on mobilities, sacred place and practice, place-temporalities, aesthetics, embodiment and performance, communitas, emotion and affect, theology and spiritualities, multi-faith and post-secular society, cultural heritage, consumption and commodification, and the pilgrim-tourist continuum.
Introduction: Conceptual and Theological Framing 1. Placing Pilgrimage in the Landscape 2. Theology, Landscape, and Marketing: Managing Competing Discourses and Needs between Faith Communities, Cultural Heritage Visitors and Locals Part 1: Meteora: ‘Ways of Seeing’ in the Orthodox East 3. Ways of Seeing: The Making of a Holy Landscape of Rocks 4. Where the Tourist’s Gaze Blurs: Pilgrimage, Sight-seeing, and the Domesticated Sublime Part 2: Pilgrimage to the Latin West: Subiaco 5. Pilgrimage to the Latin West: Benedict’s Holy Cave 6. Tourists, Humanists and Pilgrims in Quest of Benedict’s Cave Part 3: Renewing Pilgrimage Practices in the Celtic West: The Isle of Man 7. Contextualising Sacred Sites and Shared Heritage: Local History, Ecumenicalism and National Identity 8. Mobilising the Landscape and the Body in Search of the Spiritual: Journeying and Opportunities for Renewal 9. Conclusion: Intersecting Pathways
Veronica Della Dora is Senior Lecturer in Geographies of Knowledge in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK.
Avril Maddrell is Senior Lecturer in Geography in the School of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England, UK.
Alessandro Scafi is Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural History at the Warburg Institute, the University of London, UK.
Heather Walton is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies in the Department of Theology at the University of Glasgow, UK.