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The Resource Gypsies & the British imagination, 1807-1930, Deborah Epstein Nord

Gypsies & the British imagination, 1807-1930, Deborah Epstein Nord

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Gypsies & the British imagination, 1807-1930
Title
Gypsies & the British imagination, 1807-1930
Statement of responsibility
Deborah Epstein Nord
Title variation
Gypsies and the British imagination, 1807-1930
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Gypsies and the British Imagination, 1807-1930, is the first book to explore fully the British obsession with Gypsies throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. Deborah Epstein Nord traces various representations of Gypsies in the works of such well-known British authors John Clare, Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, George Eliot, Arthur Conan Doyle, and D.H. Lawrence. Nord also exhumes lesser-known literary, ethnographic, and historical texts, exploring the fascinating histories of nomadic writer George Borrow, the Gypsy Lore Society, Dora Yates, and other rarely examined figures and institutions. Gypsies were both idealized and reviled by Victorian and early-twentieth-century Britons. Associated with primitive desires, lawlessness, cunning, and sexual excess, Gypsies were also objects of antiquarian, literary, and anthropological interest. As Nord demonstrates, British writers and artists drew on Gypsy characters and plots to redefine and reconstruct cultural and racial difference, national and personal identity, and the individual's relationship to social and sexual orthodoxies. Gypsies were long associated with pastoral conventions and, in the nineteenth century, came to stand in for the ancient British past. Using myths of switched babies, Gypsy kidnappings, and the Gypsies' murky origins, authors projected onto Gypsies their own desires to escape convention and their anxieties about the ambiguities of identity. The literary representations that Nord examines have their roots in the interplay between the notion of Gypsies as a separate, often despised race and the psychic or aesthetic desire to dissolve the boundary between English and Gypsy worlds. By the beginning of the twentieth century, she argues, romantic identification with Gypsies had hardened into caricature-a phenomenon reflected in D.H. Lawrence's The Virgin and the Gipsy-and thoroughly obscured the reality of Gypsy life and history
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digitized
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1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nord, Deborah Epstein
Dewey number
820.9/352991497
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR468.R63
LC item number
N67 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Outsiders in literature
  • Romanies in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • English literature
  • Outsiders in literature
  • Romanies in literature
  • Zigeuners
  • Bellettrie
Label
Gypsies & the British imagination, 1807-1930, Deborah Epstein Nord
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-209) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"A mingled race" : Walter Scott's Gypsies -- Vagrant and poet : the Gypsy and the "Strange disease of modern life" -- In the beginning was the word : George Borrow's Romany picaresque -- "Marks of race" : the impossible Gypsy in George Eliot -- "The last romance" : scholarship and nostalgia in the Gypsy Lore Society -- The phantom Gypsy : invisibility, writing, and history
Control code
76706215
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 221 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231510332
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • 22573/cttgq72h
  • 1cfebb58-5947-49e1-b7aa-8d2b10e1432c
Publisher number
EB00639472
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not applicable
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unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)76706215
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Gypsies & the British imagination, 1807-1930, Deborah Epstein Nord
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-209) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"A mingled race" : Walter Scott's Gypsies -- Vagrant and poet : the Gypsy and the "Strange disease of modern life" -- In the beginning was the word : George Borrow's Romany picaresque -- "Marks of race" : the impossible Gypsy in George Eliot -- "The last romance" : scholarship and nostalgia in the Gypsy Lore Society -- The phantom Gypsy : invisibility, writing, and history
Control code
76706215
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 221 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231510332
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/cttgq72h
  • 1cfebb58-5947-49e1-b7aa-8d2b10e1432c
Publisher number
EB00639472
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)76706215
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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