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White GypsiesRace and Stardom in Spanish Musicals$
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Eva Woods Peiró

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816645848

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816645848.001.0001

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The Gypsy Problem: Law and Spatial Assimilation

The Gypsy Problem: Law and Spatial Assimilation

(p.145) Chapter 4 The Gypsy Problem: Law and Spatial Assimilation
White Gypsies

Eva Woods Peiró

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter studies three films—Florián Rey’s Morena Clara, Eduardo García Maroto’s Canelita en rama, and Luis Lucía’s El caballero andaluz—in which white Gypsies represent the assimilation of Spain’s racial internal Other by a legitimate national visual idiom. These films incorporate racial otherness into a seemingly a priori homogenous whole, contributing to the ideology of social progress. In films such as these, the folklórica models a paradigm of controlled success, harmonizing the Gypsy problem and the irremediable gaps between wealth and poverty, race and class. The Gypsies’ position within the Spanish legal framework is reflected in the films’ simultaneous legitimization and criminalization of Gypsiness.

Keywords:   Morena Clara, Canelita en rama, El caballero andaluz, white Gypsy, visual idiom, racial otherness, folklórica, Gypsiness

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