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Miss Laura Hollister, BA (Puget Sound), MA (Bristol)

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Project Title and Description

A Creation of Personal Piety: The Performance Art of Medieval Pilgrimage at Montserrat

This dissertation begins with a reconceptualization of medieval pilgrimage as a performance art according to recent studies in performance theory. The consideration of pilgrimage as an act of creation where the individual pilgrim (lay or ecclesiastical) acts as both the artist (creator) and audience (witness) of the performance introduces an alternative way of looking at the space, interactions, and activities that occur during the course of pilgrimage. Each performance and thus each pilgrimage, is a unique event and a personal act of piety that engages the actor and landscape in distinct ways, but also derives shape from the textual and cultural contexts tied to the specific site where each performance occurs.

Research Centre Membership

  • Centre for Visual Arts and Culture
  • Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Research Interests

  • Art in Performance
  • Performance and Landscape Theories
  • Pilgrimage

Selected Publications

Conference Paper

  • Hollister, Laura (2018), Expanding the Visual Dialogue of Performance: Medieval Pilgrimage to Montserrat, Visual Intersections 3 Conference, Durham University, Visual Intersections 3. Durham University, UK.

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