Fire in the Placa

"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

Fire in the Placa
Catalan Festival Politics After Franco

Dorothy Noyes

2003 | 336 pages | Cloth $69.95 | Paper $28.95
Anthropology
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Table of Contents

A Note on Catalonia and the Catalan Language
Introduction
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
References
Index
Acknowledgments