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The Barcelona Reader

Over the last twenty years there has been a growing international interest in the city of Barcelona. This has been reflected in the academic world through a series of studies, courses, seminars, and publications. The Barcelona Reader hinges together a selection of the best academic articles, written in English, about the city, and its main elements of identity and interest: art, urban planning, history and social movements. The book includes scholarly essays about Barcelona that can be of interest to the student and the general public alike. It focuses on cultural representations of the city: the arts (including literature) provide a complex yet discontinuous portrait of the city, similar to a patchwork. The authors selected create a kaleidoscope of views and voices thus presenting a diverse yet inclusive Barcelona portrait. The Barcelona Reader offers a multifaceted assessment that will be essential reading for anyone interested in this iconic city.
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List of illustrationsNotes on contributorsIntroduction: Barcelona: Cultural readings of a city - Enric Bou and Jaume SubiranaI City, history, and territory1. Barcelona: The siege city - Robert Davidson2. Barcelona as an adaptive ecology - Ferran Sagarra3. A present past, Barcelona street names, from Victor Balaguer to Pasqual Maragall - Jaume Subirana4. `The asylum of modern times': Barcelona and Europe - Felipe Fernandez-Armesto5. A fragile country - Colm ToibinII City and society6. Barcelona and modernity - Brad Epps7. Football and identities in Catalonia - Alejandro Quiroga8. The family and the city: Power and the creation of cultural imagery - Gary Wray McDonogh9. Memory and the city in Barcelona's cemeteries - Elisa Marti-LopezIII Art, architecture, and the city10. Picasso among his fellows at 4 Gats: Beyond Modernisme? - Jordi Falgas11. Gaudi: Poet of stone, artistic hedgehog - Maria Marin i Torne12. El Poble Espanyol / El Pueblo Espanol (1929) - Jordana MendelsonIV The Olympics and the city13. Barcelona: Urban identity 1992-2002 - Donald McNeill14. From the Olympic torch to the Universal Forum of Cultures: The after-image of Barcelona's modernity - Joan Ramon ResinaV Literature, cinema, and the city15. La Gran Encisera: Three odes to Barcelona, and a film - Josep Miquel Sobrer16. The deceptive dame: Criminal revelations of the Catalan capital - Stewart King17. A Biutiful city: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's filmic critique of the `Barcelona Model' - Benjamin Fraser

About the Author

Enric Bou has been chair of the Hispanic Studies Department at Brown University (Providence), between 2002 and 2011, and president of the North- American Catalan Society between 2007 and 2010. Currently he is professor in the Department of Comparative Linguistic and Cultural Studies at Universita Ca' Foscari in Venice. His latest book is Invention of Space. City, Travel and Literature (Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2013), published also in Catalan: La invencio de l'espai. Ciutat i viatge (Publicacions Universitat de Valencia, 2013). Jaume Subirana is Associate Professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and he has been visiting professor at Duke University, University of British Columbia, Brown University and Universita Ca' Foscari in Venice. He edited Willkommen in Katalonien. Eine literarische Entdeckungsreise (dtv, 2007), and has published Barcelona acrostic, Barcelona 365. Temps i ciutat and recently, BarcelonABC. Alfabet d'una ciutat/A City Alphabet (2013).

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