Hispanic Urban Studies

The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain

Beyond the Secular City

Editors: Cordoba, Antonio, Garcia-Donoso, Daniel (Eds.)

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  • Launches a scholarly conversation on the relationship between urban spaces, modernity, and the sacred
  • Connects modern cities to a discussion of the concept of the sacred that is not necessarily related to any specific religion or god
  • Examines literature, film and television, architecture, and the conflicting elements of the urban soundscape in modern Spain
  • Problematizes clear-cut distinctions to show how modernity, the urban, and the sacred overlap fundamentally in contemporary Spain
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This book explores how modernity, the urban, and the sacred overlap in fundamental ways in contemporary Spain. Urban spaces have traditionally been seen as the original sites of modernity, history, progress, and a Weberian systematic disenchantment of the world, while the sacred has been linked to the natural, the rural, mythical past origins, and exemption from historical change. This collection problematizes such clear-cut distinctions as overlaps between the modern urban and the sacred in Spanish culture are explored throughout the volume. Placed in the periphery of Europe, Spain has had a complex relationship with the concept of modernity and commonly understood processes of modernization and secularization, thus offering a unique case-study of the interaction between the modern and the sacred in the city.

About the authors

Antonio Cordoba is Assistant Professor at Manhattan College, USA. His research focuses on the interaction between modernity, wonder, and the sacred in Latin American culture.
Daniel García-Donoso is Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America, USA. His work explores the relationship between religion and culture in modern and contemporary Spain.

Reviews

“Religious studies are a critical but rarely explored area in Spanish cultural studies. At a time when secularity is in crisis, and religious ideas crop up in unexpected places, this volume is a timely, much-needed contribution that should pave the way for further explorations of the interplay between the secular and the religious in contemporary Spanish culture.” (Angel Loureiro, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, Princeton University, USA)

“The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain offers, through innovative research and critical thinking, an in-depth analysis of the persistence of the sacred in a secular society. Engaging in excellent dialogue with some of the most important thinkers and cultural historians of religion, urban studies, political theory, and modernity, the essays in this collection open up new areas of cultural and theoretical inquiry about Spanish society and culture. This is a major contribution.” (Cristina Moreiras-Menor, Professor of Spanish and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, USA)

“This collection on representations of cities in Spain is new and engaging. Each essay interrogates the conventional wisdom of ‘the sacred’ as exclusive to pre-modern urban space  . . .  these essays have encouraged me to re-think the very notion of modernity and pre-modernity.” (Michael Ugarte, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • The Sacred in Madrid’s Soundscape: Toward an Aural Hygiene, 1856–1907

    Llano, Samuel

    Pages 1-20

  • Sacred, Sublime, and Supernatural: Religion and the Spanish Capital in Nineteenth-Century Fantastic Narratives

    Tang, Wan Sonya

    Pages 21-40

  • The Modern Usurer Consecrates the City: Circulation and Displacements in the Torquemada Series

    Muñoz-Muriana, Sara

    Pages 41-60

  • Spirituality and Publicity in Barcelona, 1929: Performing Citizenship between Tradition and Avant-Garde

    Medina, Alberto

    Pages 61-78

  • The Places of the Subject: Abjection and the Transcendent City in Nada and La plaça del Diamant

    Thomas, Sarah

    Pages 79-98

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Softcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95613-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain
Book Subtitle
Beyond the Secular City
Editors
  • Antonio Cordoba
  • Daniel Garcia-Donoso
Series Title
Hispanic Urban Studies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60020-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60020-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60071-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95613-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 211
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