Role of the Romanies: Images and Counter Images of 'Gypsies'/Romanies in European Cultures

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Nicholas Saul, Susan Tebbutt
Oxford University Press, Aug 1, 2004 - Social Science - 271 pages
Since their arrival in Europe at the beginning of the eleventh century, the "Gypsies" have stimulated and fascinated the European imagination, but have also always been perceived as "other" and marginalised. This title is split into four parts and seeks to address the questions raised by the ambivalent encounter of the "Gypsies" with European cultures. The volume begins with three chapters about the genesis, development and scope of Romany Studies. Constructions of Romany culture and identity are at the heart of the second part. Part three focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century literary constructions of Romany identity, be it from a gadzo or Romany perspective. The final part tackles the question of how the role of the Romanies will be remembered, recorded and commemorated.
 

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Contents

The Role of the Romanies Images and CounterImages
1
Romany Studies and its Parameters
13
Constructions and Concoctions of Romany Culture
51
Orientalism and Gender Issues in Literature
117
Memory Records and the Romany Experience
157
Index
247
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Nicholas Saul is Professor of German at the University of Durham. Susan Tebbutt is Head of German Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

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