Exploring Identity of Spanish Gypsies through Flamenco Dance: An Introduction

By Anna Hamling.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Studies of the concept of identity have become of vital importance in the pluralistic societies of the 20th century. Spanish identity has been debated since the 17th century. But when Spain lost its last colonies, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Spanish East Indies, in 1898, the concept of Spanish identity became the main vehicle in the struggle for social and political power. In spite of their presence in the Iberian Penninsula since the 15th century, the identity of the Spanish gypsies did not receive sufficient attention in Spain until Francisco Franco’s death in 1975. In my introductory paper I introduce the historical account of Gypsies’ nomadic lifestyle and the evolution of flamenco dance, which is interwoven with both the Spanish Gypsy identity and the broader Spanish identity.

Keywords: Spain, Gypsies, Flamenco

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.127-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 735.107KB).

Dr. Anna Hamling

Senior Teaching Associate (Spanish), Department of Culture and Language Studies, University of New Brunswick Frederiction, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Dr. Anna Hamling has taught Spanish, Russian and Polish language, culture and literature in Europe, Latin America and Canada. Her PhD thesis ‘Introducción a un estudio comparativo entre Miguel de Unamuno y León Tolstói’ was published by Editorial Pliegos in Madrid in 2001. The English translation ‘Tolstoy, Unamuno and Their Religious Essays. An introduction’ was published by VDM Verlang in 2010. Dr Hamling has published numerous articles of comparative nature on Unamuno and Tolstoy in Spanish, Russian and Polish journals. Recently she has been contributing to the Encyclopedia of Latin American Women Writers, The Encyclopedia of Christian Writers and The Literary Encyclopedia at http://www.LitEncyc.com.


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