Christian Pilgrimage, Landscape and Heritage
Journeying to the Sacred
Routledge – 2015
Routledge – 2015
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.
1. Introduction: Pilgrimage, Landscape, Heritage Veronica della Dora and Avril Maddrell 2. Theological Perspective on Christian Pilgrimage Heather Walton Part I: Pilgrimage to the Orthodox East: Meteora 3. Ways of Seeing: The Making of a Holy Landscape of Rocks Veronica della Dora 4. Where the Tourist’s Gaze Fades: Performing Landscape and the Sacred in Meteora Veronica della Dora Part II: Pilgrimage to the Latin West: Subiaco 5. The Topographies of Benedict’s Holy Cave Alessandro Scafi 6. Visiting the Monastery of the Sacro Speco in Subiaco Alessandro Scafi Part III: Renewing Pilgrimage Practices in the Celtic West: The Isle of Man 7. Contextualising Sacred Sites, Pathways and Shared Heritage: Local History, Ecumenism and National Identity Avril Maddrell 8. Mobilising the Landscape and the Body in Search of the Spiritual: Journeying, Performance and Community Avril Maddrell 9. Conclusion: Pilgrimage, Landscape and Heritage: Intersecting Pathways Veronica dell Dora and Avril Maddrell
Veronica della Dora is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London, UK.
Avril Maddrell is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of the West of England, UK and an Editor of the journal Gender, Place and Culture.
Alessandro Scafi is Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural History at the Warburg Institute, University of London, UK.
Heather Walton is Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology and Co-Director of the Centre for Literature, Theology and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, UK.