Jazz Age Barcelona
One of the world's renowned centres of culture, Barcelona is also one of the capitals of modernist art given its associations with the talents of Dali, Picasso, and Gaudi. Jazz Age Barcelona focuses the lenses of cultural studies and urban studies on the avant-garde character of the city during the cosmopolitan Jazz Age, delving into the cultural forces that flourished in Europe between the late 1910s and early 1930s. Studying literary journalism, photography, and the city of Barcelona itself, Robert Davidson argues that the explosion of jazz culture and the avant-garde was predominantly fostered by journalists and their positive reception of innovative new art forms and radical politics.
Using periodicals and recently rediscovered archival material, Davidson considers the relationship between the political pressures of a brutal class war, the grasp of a repressive dictatorship, and the engagement of the city's young intellectuals with Barcelona's culture and environment. Also analysing the 1929 International Exhibition and the down-and-out Raval District - which housed many of the Age's clubs and bars - Jazz Age Barcelona is an insightful portrait of one of the twentieth century's most culturally rich times and places.
- Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 288 pages
- Illustrations: 49
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
ReviewsDavidson's study is both a letter of introduction of Catalan modernism to the critical history of the global avant-garde and a transportation to a vitally creative and provocative lost age.
Hispanic Review, vol 78:04:10
‘Davidson’s Jazz Age Barcelona is an exemplary study of the relationships between print and popular culture in Barcelona… Scholars of European, Spanish, or Catalan history, media, and print culture, and the fascinating interwar period will certainly enjoy Davidson’s analysis, literary style, and presentation.’
Canadian Journal of History: vol45 : Autumn 2010
'This book accomplishes a number of important objectives. It succeeds in introducing English speakers to largely unknown Catalan writers and their works and shows how broader cultural movements influenced the cultural life of at least one Spanish city. The book also contributes to a growing literature focused on the relationship between urban space and cultural production.'
Brian D. Bunk
American Historical review: April 2011
‘Davidson’s book is strongly recommended to anyone with an interest in Catalonia and Spain in the early twentieth century, and will be of use to those studying the Europe of the time.’
Modern Language Review; vol 108:02:2013
'Jazz Age Barcelona studies of one of the most fascinating periods in contemporary Catalan culture, that of the 1920s and 30s - the years leading up to the Spanish Civil War. Writing with an engaging style, Robert A. Davidson uses newspapers, essays, and novels to provide key insights into the transformation of Barcelona during the build-up, height, and aftermath of its experience of the Jazz Age. Innovative, entertaining, and convincing, this book is a real pleasure to read.'
Enric Bou, Chair of Hispanic Studies, Brown University
Author InformationRobert Davidson is an associate professor of Spanish and Catalan at the University of Toronto, and the author of Jazz Age Barcelona, also published by University of Toronto Press.
Table of contents
Barcelona Boom Town
Where Others Fear to Tread: El Escandalo and Sangre en Atarazanas
The Urban Aesthetics of Jazz Rhythm
Vantage Point: Barcelona's Mirador (1929-31)
An Age in Pictures: Imatges (1930)
The Color of a Cocktail: J.M. de Sagarra's Aperitiu and Vida privada
Picking Up the Tab
AwardsThe Canada Prize in the Humanities - Short-listed in 2011
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