Culture and Customs of Spain by Edward F. Stanton
(Culture and Customs of Europe)

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Modern Spain is a revelation in this up-to-date overview. Stanton vibrantly describes the startling variety of landscape, people, and culture that make up Spain today. Included are a context chapter and others on religion, customs, media, cinema, literature, performing arts, and visual arts. Students of Spanish and a general audience will be rewarded with engrossing insights into what writer Ernest Hemingway called the very best country of all.

Spain is a modern European nation, yet Spaniards are fiercely tied to their individual towns and regions—with their distinct social customs, dialects or languages, foods, landscape, and lifestyles—more than to a united country. Culture and Customs of Spain conveys the extremes, such as the hard-working Catalan contrasted to the leisurely paced Castilian, coexisting in first and third world conditions, and the love/hate relationship with the Catholic Church. Spain's institutions are described, and its contributions to the world—from unparalleled literature and cuisine to flamenco and filmmaker Pedro Almodovar—are celebrated. A chronology and glossary complement the text.

 

About Edward F. Stanton

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EDWARD F. STANTON is the Chair of the Department of Spanish and Italian at the University of Kentucky, where he was the first Bingham Professor of the Humanities. He is the author of several books on Hispanic life and literature, including Handbook of Spanish Popular Culture (Greenwood, 1999).
 
Published May 30, 2002 by Greenwood. 232 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction