Folklore | THE ROMA AND GYPSINESS THROUGH HISTORY, MUSIC, AND FILM
F635 | 26786 | Hooker


Europe’s largest minority, commonly known in English as “Gypsies,”
more properly referred to as Roma, Sinti or Gitano, have been
enslaved, hunted down, imprisoned, and generally reviled; at the same
time, they have fascinated members of the majority, and writers,
artists, and composers have exploited the exotic flavoring they find
in the image of “Gypsiness.” Roma musicians are also indispensable to
folk and popular music practices around the European continent. This
course will survey historical events in Roma history and address
problems in writing about a people whose culture is perceived as
predominantly oral. We will also examine both how this “mysterious”
group has been represented, especially through music, and how its
members have responded creatively to these representations.  Readings
for this class are in English, though students with proficiency in
other languages will be encouraged to explore additional sources in
their research. Requirements for this class are a book review, a
research paper and presentation, and participation in class
discussion.