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Catalan Festival Politics After Franco
Winner of the 2005 Fellows of the American Folklore Society Book Prize
"An excellent model of how to approach the analysis of principal communities, in Europe and elsewhere, that are struggling to overcome internal conflicts and contradictions and find acceptable ways of participating in a wider, increasingly globalized world."--South European Society and Politics
"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. Noyes combines that rarity--well-crafted and accessible prose--with a theoretical architecture that borrows from hermeneutics and the anthropology of power. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice
"This book stands above other festival studies in its ability not only to convey information but also, of equal importance, to recreate the emotional texture of events for performers and audience alike. . . . This book is a must."--Journal of American Folklore
Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title
Fire in the Plaça is the first full-length study in English of the Patum, a Corpus Christi fire festival unique to Berga, Catalonia, Spain, celebrated annually since the seventeenth century. Participants in the festival are transformed through drink, sleep deprivation, crowding, constant motion, and the smoke and sparks of close-range firecrackers into passionate members of a precarious body politic. Combining richly layered symbolism with intense bodily expression, the Patum has long served as a grassroots equivalent of grand social theory; it moves from a representation of social divisions to a forcible communion among them.
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.
2003 | 336 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 illus.
ISBN 978-0-8122-3729-0 | Cloth | $69.95s | £45.50
ISBN 978-0-8122-1849-7 | Paper | $28.95s | £19.00
World Rights | Anthropology
"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
PART I. REPRESENTING THE FESTIVAL
Chapter 1. Between Representation and Presence: The Onlooker Problem
Chapter 2. The Patum and the Body Politic PART II. PERSONIFICATION AND INCORPORATION
Chapter 3. The Gaze and the Touch: Personhood and Belonging in Everyday Life
Chapter 4. The Patum Effigies: Attitudes Personified
Chapter 5. The Techniques of Incorporation PART III. UNDER FRANCO: THE OEDIPAL PATUM
Chapter 6. Return to the Womb
Chapter 7. The Eye of the Father
Chapter 8. The New Generation PART IV. THE MASS AND THE OUTSIDE: "THE PATUM WILL BE OURS NO LONGER"
Chapter 9. Consumption and the Limits of Metaphor
Chapter 10. Reproduction and Reduction
Chapter 11. The Patum in Spain and the World Notes