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Sabato Rodia's Towers in WattsArt, Migrations, Development$
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Luisa Del Giudice

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257966

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.001.0001

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Spires and Towers Between Tangible, Intangible, and Contested Transnational Cultural Heritage

Spires and Towers Between Tangible, Intangible, and Contested Transnational Cultural Heritage

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(p.288) (p.289) Spires and Towers Between Tangible, Intangible, and Contested Transnational Cultural Heritage
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Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts
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Katia Ballacchino

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0016

This chapter examines the more “material” aspects of the Festa dei Gigli, a festival that has been celebrated for centuries in the town of Nola, in the Italian region of Campania. It considers features that might hypothetically connect the Gigli of Nola to Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts. It frames the discussion by reviewing current academic and nonacademic debates around the Festa dei Gigli in Nola—debates much like those swirling around the Watts Towers—focusing on “valorization” through a complex and highly articulated system of “patrimonialization,” on “museification,” on the Gigli UNESCO proposal, on the author's recent visits to other European festivals, and finally on tourism marketing and “mediatization.” The chapter especially reflects on the concept of tangible and intangible “heritage” as it specifically relates to the Gigli.

Keywords:   Sabatino Rodia, Watts Towers, Festa dei Gigli, festivals, Nola, heritage

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