Folklore | Roma (Gypsy) History & Culture
F330 | 30123 | L. Hooker


Fulfills COLL Social & Historical, Culture Studies List A

Above class open to Juniors and Seniors only; others with permission
of instructor. Contact lhooker@indiana.edu for authorization.

Above class meets with Folk-F635, CEUS-R342 and CEUS-R542.

How have the Roma been depicted by majority society? How have they
used expressive culture to re-shape their identity? This course
explores the history and culture of Europe's largest minority,
commonly known in English as "Gypsies," more properly referred to as
Roma, Sinti or Gitano. Since arriving in Europe in the thirteenth
century, they 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 have also made themselves indispensable to folk and
popular music practices around the European continent. In the last
few decades, even as the human rights situation for Roma has
deteriorated, a growing elite is forging an international pan-Roma
movement - and representing itself artistically through music and
film. We will survey both how this "mysterious" group has been
represented, and how they have responded creatively to these
representations.