Fire in the Placa: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Sep 12, 2003 - Social Science - 325 pages
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"This impressive contribution to the anthropology of Europe is the first full-length study in English of the Patum, a Corpus Christi fire festival unique to the town of Berga, in the foothills of the Catalan Pyrenees (Spain). It also marks the emergence of an important scholar. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

  

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really interesting examination of the patum festival in berga, spain in the early 90s. recommended if you're into spain, catalonia, or folkloristics. noyes is a companionable guide. Read full review

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User Review  - Anthony Buccitelli - Goodreads

This book is an interesting and very personal ethnographic/folklore study of the Patum festival in Berga, Catalonia. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Spain, folklore or festival. Read full review

Contents

Between Representation and Presence The Onlooker Problem
25
The Patum and the Body Politic
37
PERSONIFICATION AND INCORPORATION
79
The Gaze and the Touch Personhood and Belonging in Everyday Life
81
The Patum Effigies Attitudes Personified
108
The Techniques of Incorporation
121
UNDER FRANCO THE OEDIPAL PATUM
141
Return to the Womb
143
THE MASS AND THE OUTSIDE THE PATUM WILL BE OURS NO LONGER
213
Consumption and the Limits of Metaphor
215
Reproduction and Reduction
237
The Patum in Spain and the World
258
Notes
279
References
297
Index
313
Acknowledgments
323

The Eye of the Father
159
The New Generation
185

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About the author (2003)

Dorothy Noyes is Associate Professor of Folklore and English at The Ohio State University and author of Uses of Tradition: Arts of Italian Americans in Philadelphia.

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