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The Feeling of HistoryIslam, Romanticism, and Andalusia$
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Charles Hirschkind

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226746814

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226747002.001.0001

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The Universe from the Albayzín

The Universe from the Albayzín

(p.128) Chapter 4 The Universe from the Albayzín
The Feeling of History

Charles Hirschkind

University of Chicago Press

A central topos within the historical geography of Andalucismo, Granada—home to both the Alhambra and the medieval Muslim quarter of the Albayzin—bears witness to the contradictions at the heart of the tradition: a city of Orientalist dreams, packaged and served for touristic consumption, on one hand, an important catalyst for forms of engagement and reflection on the place of Islam and the Middle East within Spain and Europe, on the other hand. This chapter explores the city through the lives of two Granadans who had a decisive impact on the tradition of Andalucismo: the late nineteenth-century writer Angel Ganivet and Spain’s renowned poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Ascribing their own poetry and thought to the city itself, they looked both at Granada and through it, developing what each saw to be a uniquely Granadan perspective on the events of their time. The latter part of the chapter turns to two of the city’s present-day inhabitants in order to trace how the Granadan aesthetics of existence pioneered by Ganivet and Lorca continues to generate and sustain the tradition of Andalucismo—how, in other words, the warp of the Granadan cityscape disrupts our contemporary coordinates of political and aesthetic belonging.

Keywords:   Granada, Alhambra, tourism, Angel Ganivet, Federico Garcia Lorca, Albayzin, poetry, aesthetics

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