Patterns of Symbolic Violence
The Motif of ‘Gypsy’ Child-theft across Visual MediaInterdisciplinary Studies in Antigypsyism – Book series initiated by the Research Centre on Antigypsyism
Drawing on a number of paradigmatic works of art, the book explores the motif of ‘gypsy’ child-theft and its visualisations. The analytical focus is on the colour coding of bodies in texts and images and their racialised/anti-gypsy uses. Offering a comprehensive survey of the motif’s adaptations to different visual media, the author elaborates on its multiple layers of meaning and functions. The analysis starts with a critical review of Cervantes’ tale “La gitanilla”, moving through seventeenth-century Dutch history painting to take a cursory look at nineteenth-century printed images, and end up with an annotated filmography of 49 cinematic works.
Radmila Mladenova is a literary and film scholar, pursuing a PhD degree at Heidelberg University’s Institute of Slavic Studies with her research project The ‘White’ Mask and the ‘Gypsy’ Mask in Film. She graduated in English and American Studies at Sofia University, and Culture in the Process of Modernity at Mannheim University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of racism and art.