Walking the Camino de Santiago

Essays on Pilgrimage in the Twenty-First Century


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About the Book

The Camino de Santiago, the Route of Saint James, the Way—all describe a pilgrimage with multiple routes that pass through Spain and end at the Cathedral of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. In the 21st century, this medieval tradition is seeing a revival with travelers, both spiritual and secular, who embrace it for different reasons. Offering insight into the personal journeys of contemporary pilgrims, this collection of new essays explores cultural expressions of the Camino from the perspective of literature, film and graphic novels, and looks beyond Spain and the “Caminoisation” of other historical routes.

About the Author(s)

Tiffany Gagliardi Trotman is an associate professor in Spanish at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Tiffany Gagliardi Trotman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 247
Bibliographic Info: 36 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8013-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4214-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction: Beyond Pilgrimage
Tiffany Gagliardi Trotman 1
Part One: Contemporary Culture
and the Camino de Santiago
Onward and Inward: The Changing Destination of the Camino de Santiago
Maryjane Dunn 8
Looking for the Simplest Question: A Pilgrimage to Compostela in Anne Carson’s “The Anthropology of Water”
Anne McConnell 24
The Río Salado Incident: The Intertextuality of the Liber Peregrinationis in Contemporary ­­First-Person Camino
Narratives and the Creation of an Etiological Myth
Annie Hesp 39
The Making of Emilio Estevez’s The Way: Merging Family Ties, Literary Texts and Cultural Identities
Javier Torre Aguado 54
Screening the Camino de Santiago: Suffering and Communitas in The Way and I’ll Push You
Tiffany Gagliardi Trotman 69
Comic Camino: Two Graphic Memoirs Show the Way
Danielle Terceiro 89
Part Two: Experiencing the Camino
Ultreia in Experiential Learning: Is There a Better Way Than “The Way” of Saint James?
José ­Domínguez-Búrdalo 112
Paradoxical Pilgrims: Remaking Religion for the Modern World
Joanne Benham Rennick 136
Finding Meaning While Steeping in the Camino Cauldron
Kip Redick 151
Women Walking: Purpose and the Poetics of Life Along the Camino de Santiago
Nicol Nixon Augusté 178
Designing Pilgrim Guide Training in a Secular Time: A Case Study from Switzerland
Terry Inglese 197
Footprints of the Camino in Slovenia: Three Ethnographic Vignettes
Nataša Rogelja Caf and Špela Ledinek Lozej 217
About the Contributors 235
Index 237