Female Pilgrims along the Way of St. James (Spain). A Gendered Intercultural Analysis of the Cinematic Discourse.

Authors: Lucrezia Lopez*, University of Santiago de Compostela
Topics: Cultural Geography, Communication, Women
Keywords: Female Pilgrims; Cinematic Discourse; The Way of St. James; Gendered Roles
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Oakley, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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The message of the media is always more endowed with a relevant communicational role and social mission. They share experiences and stories and influence each other's perceptions (Lund, Cohen, Scarles, in press). The study analyses film discourses regarding the representations of female pilgrims along their Way of St. James (Spain). According to D. M. Buda, A. d’Hauteserre and L. Johnston (2014), emotions play a crucial role in tourism encounters, thus the research engages in pointing out spaces, features, practices and emotions assigned to women in the cinematic representations.
The main sources of information are four films whose producers come from different countries: "Saint Jacques…La Mecque" (France, C. Serreau, 2005), "Al Final del Camino" (Spain, R. Santiago, 2009), "The Way" (USA, Spain, E. Estévez, 2010) and "Onde Está a Felicidade?" (Brasil, Spain, C.A. Riccelli, 2011). Following D. Acevedo and L. Salom (2013), the methodology recovers the one proposed by T. Van Leeuwen (2008) about social actors' representation to decipher how gender social conception is constructed by means of the influence of media. The different linguistic modes and content will be decoded and deconstructed with the final aim to draw the attention on the dominant technical, social and cultural aspects which are set together to shape the character of “female pilgrims”. The different gender identities represented and interpreted in the case study correspond to societal roles (female characters are wives, mothers, daughters, etc.). They are representative of models of representation through which investigate the latent ideology within the above mentioned film productions.

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