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"This project investigates the image of Spain's Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James) from a historical and literary point of view and in light of theories of space. It is postulated that the Camino serves as a dramatic space, a type of theatrical stage that serves as an integral backdrop for the production of many literary pieces throughout time. This stage set, or the image of the Camino, changes with the political and social ambiance of the historical moment. In this study four different types of literary works are considered: medieval legends of the Camino de Santiago; poetic literature from the thirteenth century which revolves around the miracles of the Virgin Mary; a short story, El Camino de Santiago, by Alejo Carpentier written in 1958 but set in the sixteenth century; and The Pilgrimage, a novel by Paulo Coelho, written and set at the end of the twentieth century."


This essay was originally published in The Image of the Road in Literature, Media, and Society: Selected Papers from the 2005 Conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery.

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Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery


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