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The Gypsy Woman

Representations in Literature and Visual Culture

Jodie Matthews (University of Huddersfield, UK)

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Bloomsbury Academic
20 February 2020
Popular culture; Social groups; Gender studies, gender groups; Digital lifestyle
The exotic and dangerous stereotype of the Gypsy woman formed in 19th-century literature and visual culture remains alive today. These contemporary cliches about Gypsy culture - both negative and romanticised - have a long history. In The Gypsy Woman, Jodie Matthews analyses why the representation of female Gypsy figures in print, painting, television series such as Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and social media sites like Instagram matters so much. Some of these images have been so damaging that they require legal regulation, but Matthews claims that supposedly positive portrayals are just as detrimental by reiterating the same story about Gypsies that have been told since the 19th century. Her study makes this book a highly relevant resource for students, teachers and researchers working in literary, cultural, gender and Romani studies.
By:   Jodie Matthews (University of Huddersfield UK)
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   304g
ISBN:   9781350150669
ISBN 10:   1350150665
Series:   Library of Gender and Popular Culture
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   20 February 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jodie Matthews is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Her research focuses on the ways in which groups who travelled around Britain were represented in the past, particularly the nineteenth century, and the ways in which these stereotypes and prejudice persist. She is also an editorial co-ordinator for Identity Papers: A Journal of British and Irish Studies.

Reviews for The Gypsy Woman: Representations in Literature and Visual Culture

A well-researched, scholarly and engaging book that brings critical sophistication and sensitivity to its readings of encounters with the Gypsy woman . This is good; I wish I'd written it. The author is careful to emphasise that she can't and doesn't speak for Gypsies or know what's best for them, and that is refreshing.


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