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The Barcelona Reader


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Notes on contributors

Introduction: Barcelona: Cultural readings of a city - Enric Bou and Jaume Subirana

I City, history, and territory
1. Barcelona: The siege city - Robert Davidson
2. Barcelona as an adaptive ecology - Ferran Sagarra
3. A present past, Barcelona street names, from Victor Balaguer to Pasqual Maragall - Jaume Subirana
4. `The asylum of modern times': Barcelona and Europe - Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
5. A fragile country - Colm Toibin

II City and society
6. Barcelona and modernity - Brad Epps
7. Football and identities in Catalonia - Alejandro Quiroga
8. The family and the city: Power and the creation of cultural imagery - Gary Wray McDonogh
9. Memory and the city in Barcelona's cemeteries - Elisa Marti-Lopez

III Art, architecture, and the city
10. Picasso among his fellows at 4 Gats: Beyond Modernisme? - Jordi Falgas
11. Gaudi: Poet of stone, artistic hedgehog - Maria Marin i Torne
12. El Poble Espanyol / El Pueblo Espanol (1929) - Jordana Mendelson

IV The Olympics and the city
13. Barcelona: Urban identity 1992-2002 - Donald McNeill
14. From the Olympic torch to the Universal Forum of Cultures: The after-image of Barcelona's modernity - Joan Ramon Resina

V Literature, cinema, and the city
15. La Gran Encisera: Three odes to Barcelona, and a film - Josep Miquel Sobrer
16. The deceptive dame: Criminal revelations of the Catalan capital - Stewart King
17. 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).


Bou and Subirana offer us a great collection of articles on the city of Barcelona written in English (...) in a book with a wide approach to the subject. The city is, by definition, a complex creation and its interpretation therefore demands a plurality of views ("ways of seeing" according to John Berger). Barcelones, in the words of Manuel Vazquez Montalban, expresses this multifocal attitude to observe reality and face the object of study. (...) With the help of twenty-one top-level essayists, they have turned Barcelona into a field of study of increasing interest. The complexity of the city demanded, as we say, multiple knowledge. The look that the texts present to us is the result of an interpretative framework that the authors define in so far as they practice it.

Toni Molla, L'Espill

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