Narratives of journeys, voyages, and pilgrimages often guide readers to questions about humanism and humanity from a holistic perspective. The chapters in this volume explore narratives of both real and imagined journeys and examine their religious, psychological, psychoanalytical, philosophical, educational, and historical implications. What emerges is an understanding of narratives of journeys across cultural borders as powerful educational tools that can model and contribute to meaningful dialogue with other states, cultures, and civilizations.
Elena V. Shabliy is visiting researcher at Boston University.
Kimarie Engerman is professor of psychology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Crossing Sacred Frontiers
Elena V. Shabliy
Homo Religiosus and Homo Viator
Faith and the Fortunes of Travel in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
Pilgrimages of Croats by Sea to Loreto and Assisi in the 18th Century: A Historiographic and Hermeneutical Analysis
Zrinka Podhraški Čizmek
The Tossing and Turning of the Sea: Gregory the Great’s Use of Seafaring Imagery to Describe his Spiritual Journey
Paul A. Brazinski
Happiness on the Sisyphean Path: Reflections on Augustinian Rest in the Face of Divine Absence
Trevor B. Williams
Journeys across Cultural Borders
When Robinson Crusoe Taught Swiss Youth to Read: The Travel Writing as Child Natural Education
Giorgia Masoni & Sylviane Tinembart
Transcending Linguistic Borders in Crashaw’s Teresa Hymns
A Poetic Journey to Japan’s Imaginary Past: Natsume Sōseki’s Kusamakura
Sacred Journeys and the Libraries of Haruki Murakami: Journeys, Metaphors and Libraries
Pilgrimage and Interfaith Dialogue
Abhishiktananda’s Journey across Hindu-Christian Borders
Elena V. Shabliy
About the Contributors
The pandemic of 2020 has largely interrupted a human activity in the act of journeying. What better time to reexamine literary narrations of the human journey? I thoroughly commend the work of Elena V. Shabliy and Kimarie Engerman in collecting and editing the nine chapters in this fascinating interdisciplinary collection, which reexamine pilgrimages and travel in the literary world, from the ancient to the modern. This book shall be of great interest to students and scholars of literature, as well as to those simply interested in learning more about journeying and concomitant observations of the transcendent.
Ancient worlds have known how we can travel on the vocal or emotional vibrations of words to take us on journeys across lands far and wide. Writing Journeys across Cultural Borders harvests sacred wisdom from diverse sources to remind us that while some borders divide, crossing them can bring deep enrichment for all.
Since the beginning of time, a voyage has been as much about destiny as the destination. This insightful volume presents a whole range of accounts touching the transcendent and cultural meaning of the journey and different ways of border crossing. This gallery of travelers, pilgrims, literary characters, saints, and monks proves that being on the road is far more than just heading toward a geographical location; it is at times a genuinely transformative experience marked by everything what happens along the way.