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Red city, blue period [electronic resource] : social movements in Picasso's Barcelona /
Temma Kaplan.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
xiv, 266 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0520075072 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
0520075072 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-256) and index.
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"This is not just another book: it is a major achievement."--Eric R. Wolf, author of Europe and the People Without History
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-11:
Kaplan's interlocking essays on urban protest and its cultural milieux in Barcelona between 1888 and the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939 balance the interests of general readers in European and urban history with careful analyses of specific episodes that highlight the intersection of gender, neighborhood, and class in social change in the city. Kaplan proves especially strong in showing how women participated as both active organizers and symbolic figures in such conflicts. She also integrates questions of state political power (and repression) and complex Catalan responses. Written with vivid detail and theoretical interests, the masterful text underscores the relation of popular culture ranging from religious processions, strikes, and bombings, to the symbolic politics of urban funerals and more elite aesthetic claims. All these, in turn, shaped Picasso's worldview in such critical works as Guernica. Finally, the book incorporates a constant dialogue with other scholars at work in Barcelona in a range of disciplines, which makes it a useful guide to current research and debates. Excellent illustration and maps. Undergraduate. Graduate. General. G. W. McDonogh; Bryn Mawr College
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In Red City, Blue Period, Kaplan combines the methods of anthropology and the new cultural history to examine the civic culture of Barcelona between 1888 and 1939. She analyzes the peculiar sense of solidarity the citizens forged and explains why shared experiences of civic culture and pageantry sometimes galvanized resistance to authoritarian national governments but could not always overcome local class and gender struggles. She sheds light on the process by which principles of regional freedom and economic equity developed and changed in a city long known for its commitment to human dignity and artistic achievement. Although scholars increasingly recognize the relationship between so-called high art and popular culture, little has been done to explain what opens the eyes of artists to folk figures and religious art. Kaplan shows how artists like Picasso and Joan MirÓ, playwright Santiago Russinyol, the cellist Pablo Casals, and the architect Antonio GaudÍ, as well as anarchists and other political activists, both shaped and were influenced by the artistic and political culture of Barcelona.
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Introduction: The Symbolic Landscapep. 1
Resistance and Ritual, 1888-1896p. 13
Popular Art and Ritualsp. 37
Community Celebrations and Communal Strikes, 1902p. 58
Women Out of Controlp. 79
Female Consciousness and Community Struggle, 1910-1918p. 106
Democratic Promises in 1917p. 126
Urban Disorder and Cultural Resistance, 1919-1930p. 147
Cultural Reactions to the Spanish Republic and the Civil War in Barcelonap. 165
Epilogue: Cultural Resistance in the Aftermathp. 189
Map 1. Landmarks in Downtown Barcelona, 1808-1937p. 200
Map 2. Processions, Parades, and Demonstrations, 1808-1902p. 202
Map 3. Demonstrations and Funeral Processions, 1905-1920p. 203
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 257
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