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Performing Ethnicity in Spain: Flamenco, Gypsies, and the Construction of a National Culture
SPAN 257
Spring 2014 not offered
Crosslisting: COL 271

In this course we will analyze how Gypsies and flamenco are interlinked, in fact and in fiction, and how and why they have emerged into the limelight of Spanish national cultural discourses. Although they represent discrete realities, what correlations that exist between Spanish Gypsies and flamenco have been exploited by the media and by artists as an tool for marketing national culture within the global marketplace. Within Spain, widespread recognition of the artistic value of flamenco and of the contribution of the Romany community to Spanish culture has meanwhile been slow to congeal. Our practical goals will be to trace this historical process and to evaluate the motives that have driven it.
On the theoretical plane, we will pursue a deeper understanding of the relationship between ethnicity, music, dance, and other forms of cultural expression--literature, cinema, performance, and art. Our tools include music, film, and essays.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HISP)

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