Performing Ethnicity in Spain: Flamenco, Gypsies, and the Construction of a National Culture|
Spring 2015 not offered
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 relationships among ethnicity, music, dance, and other forms of cultural expression--literature, cinema, performance, and art. Our tools include music, film, and essays.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(HISP)
Essays on the history of the gypsies in Europe and in Spain
Essays on the history and nature of flamenco
Screening of films concerning both gypsies and flamenco
Audio recordings of flamenco music (both didactic and artistic)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Various short response papers (1 page) and oral assignments;
Two short essays (4 pages)
A term paper (10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class discussion, written work and most readings in Spanish.
SPAN257 is intended for students who have completed Spanish 221 or the equivalent with a grade of B or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before preregistering.
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