Topodynamics of Arrival.
Essays on Self and Pilgrimage.
Hofmann, Gert and Snježana Zoric (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2012, 242 pp.
Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature 14
Travelling is the art of motion, motion results in moments of human encountering, and such moments manifest themselves in unsettling linguistic repercussions and crises of meaning. Places of arrival also function as inscriptions of such meaningful repercussions, inscriptions of the past crossing the present, of the other crossing the self. The contributions in this book explore places, rituals, texts and scriptures as religious or secular inscriptions – “topographies” – of such “arrivals.”
Each arrival happens, and its very place manifests itself only as a momentous component of the process itself. Arrival is an event of conclusion as well as of urgency for subsequent explorations of new meanings to be read from the topography of the place, mirroring thus a signifying dynamic for the metamorphosis of the traveller’s self: “topodynamic” of arrival. In this vein this book investigates for the first time the dynamic of cultural formations of space, an aspect of spatiality which since the “spatial turn” in cultural discourse has mostly been neglected.
Table of Contents
Gert Hofmann and Snježana Zoric: Introduction: Topo-dynamic of Place and Body
Snježana Zoric: The Stupa of Borobudur – a Place of Inner Pilgrimage
Michael Shields: Coming to Oneself: Structures of Arrival in Songs Sung by Flagellant Pilgrims in Strassburg in 1349
Antonija Zaradija Kiš: St Clement of Rome: The Romanic-Slavic Symbiosis of the Cult and its Tradition in the Croatian Lands
John Outhwaite: The Literature of Pilgrimage and the Search for Community: Cees Nooteboom’s Roads to Santiago and the Imagining of National and Pan-European Identities
Martin Potter: Catholic Approaches to Jerusalem: Fragmentation and Continuity of Identities – Evelyn Waugh’s Helena and Muriel Spark’s The Mandelbaum Gate
Gert Hofmann: Colonus Heterotopos. Theatre as Tragic Inversion of Ritual Order
David Buchanan: Reading the Other. Bakhtin and the Topography of Arrival in Literature
Irina Dzero: From Exile to Escape: Frame Narratives of the Decameron and the Heptameron
Andreas Stuhlmann: Pilgrimage, Transformation and Poetical Anthropology. Hubert Fichte’s Journeys into the Afro-American Religions in Brazil
Ketevan Kupatadze: Magic of the City: Travel Narratives of the Project “Ańo 0”
Adrienne Bernhard: Topographies Real and Imagined in Sarah Orne Jewett’s A White Heron
List of Contributors