Seville, Ci'Ardoba, and Granada: A Cultural History

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Spain's southern city of Seville basks in romantic myths and legends, evoking the scent of jasmine and orange blossom. But there is an ascetic core to its sybaritic spirit. For all their fame as passionate performers, the poet Unamuno called Sevillanos "finos y frios"-refined and cool. Once Europe's most cosmopolitan metropolis, bridging cultures of East and West and hub of a sea-borne empire, Seville was defined by Spain's great seventeenth-century playwright Lope de Vega as "port and gateway to the Indies". ...
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Overview


Spain's southern city of Seville basks in romantic myths and legends, evoking the scent of jasmine and orange blossom. But there is an ascetic core to its sybaritic spirit. For all their fame as passionate performers, the poet Unamuno called Sevillanos "finos y frios"-refined and cool. Once Europe's most cosmopolitan metropolis, bridging cultures of East and West and hub of a sea-borne empire, Seville was defined by Spain's great seventeenth-century playwright Lope de Vega as "port and gateway to the Indies". The city retains both the swagger of its seafaring heyday, and the sensual flavor of Moorish al-Andalus. Seville produced Spain's lowest ruffians, grandest grandees and a seductive gypsy culture that colors our wider perception of Spain. Elizabeth Nash explores the palaces, the mosques, the patios, fountains and wrought-iron balconies of Seville, Córdoba and Granada, cities celebrated for centuries by Europe's finest painters, poets, satirists and travel writers for their voluptuous beauty and vibrant cultural mix.
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Editorial Reviews

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These volumes represent the newest additions to the publisher's "Cityscapes" series (Cairo), which offers background on the historical, cultural, artistic, and literary roots of the titular cities. Nash, a correspondent for the Independent (UK) and author of Madrid: A Cultural and Literary Companion, tells the story of Seville, the Andalusian capital and once Europe's most cosmopolitan metropolis; C rdoba, with its 600 public bathhouses and the tenth-century mosque, Mezquita; and Granada, location of the world-renowned Alhambra. She recounts the history of the region's many magnificent mosques, cathedrals, palaces, patios, and other architectural and cultural wonders through the lives of its citizens, from eminent dwellers such as Cervantes and Federico Garcia Lorca to legendary characters like Carmen and Don Juan. Kilfeather, who teaches Irish writing at the School of English at Queen's University, Belfast, explores Ireland's capital city on the east coast of the Irish Sea, once synonymous with poverty and desperation, now thriving. She recounts the city's history of violence, resistance, and rebirth and conjures up such literary figures as James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, and Patrick Kavanagh. She also rejoices in Dublin's contributions from women, including novelist Edna O'Brien, Anne Devlin, an instrumental figure in the 1803 Emmet's rebellion, and Jane Wilde, Oscar's mother and a poet in her own right. Both volumes have delightful illustrations, clear tables of contents, bibliographies, and separate indexes for literary and historical names, places, and landmarks. Packed with provocative historical and cultural information for both travelers and students of the areas, these guides are highly recommended.-Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svcs., Wondervu, CO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195182033
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Cityscapes Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Golden tower, great river 1
City of the picaresque 4
Death of a port 6
Italica : hills of melancholy 8
A city divided 10
Olives, oranges and flavors of the south 12
Holy week, holy office : Christ, virgins and the Inquisition 19
Baroque beauty : Jesus del Gran 22
Solemn processions 26
La Macarena : dancing virgin 27
The Inquisition and the Castle of St. George 29
La Macarena : Ojeda the Modernizer 35
Virgen Dolorosa : immaculate conception 37
Conquest and slavery : Las Casas and Cervantes 39
Lure of the Americas 40
Humans or animals? 46
Slavery on the cathedral step 48
The royal jail : Cervantes in Seville 51
La Cartuja : from Columbus to Calatrava 56
Painters and art thieves 59
Mr. Pickman the potter 62
The 1992 Expo and romantic park 64
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer : lovelorn poet 68
The return of the admiral 73
Expomania 75
Port and gateway to America 78
The Indies route 80
Lonja de Mercaderes : new world moguls 84
Murillo : painter of urchins 86
The arenal : lowlife quarter 88
The Indies archive : a propaganda exercise 92
The "Columbina" : library in a cathedral 94
The hospital of charity and the legend of Don Juan 97
The hospital of holy charity 99
Scenes of seduction 102
Barrio de Santa Cruz : innocence and corruption 106
Don Juan's neurosis 110
Carmen : femme fatale 113
The Royal Tobacco Factory 115
The Cigarreras 118
Holy smoke 124
Cliche or essence? 128
La Maestranza and La Feria : bulls, shawls and flounces 130
Death in the afternoon 135
Galleons and silk 136
The Sevillian cover-up 140
Feria de Abril : high society 144
Woman's world 145
A day at the Feria 148
Franco's first foothold 151
Reign of terror 155
Prisoners' canal 158
Rafael Alberti : poet of the sea 160
Luis Cernuda : poet of the air ä
Valverde : "father of the Coto Donana" 165
Flamenco : gypsy music 169
Duende 173
Up the Giralda on horseback 175
Interpreting the gypsy world 17ä
To the edge 185
Seville southside 187
Cordoba 190
The Hammam 190
The Mezquita and Medina Azahara : house of prayer and a palatial city 191
Destruction and resurrection 196
City walls : philosophers and poets 197
Plaza del Potro : Picaros and romantics 206
From Roman games to the Spanish Beatle 208
Granada 212
Medieval Alhambra and modern mosque 212
Washington Irving, Gautier and tales of the Alhambra 214
Weight of the past 217
Lorca : birthplace and killing field 221
Manuel de Falla 228
Fascist monuments 232
The Cathedral : enslaved artist and the crypt of kings 233
Plaza Bib-Rambla : burning of the books 234
The Moor's last sigh 236
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