A Romani Women's Anthology

A Romani Women's Anthology


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A Romani Women's Anthology by Hedina Tahirovic-Sijercic, Cynthia Levine-Rasky

Literary Nonfiction. Women's Studies. Romani Studies. ROMANI WOMEN IN CANADA: SPECTRUM OF THE BLUE WATER is grounded upon Romani women's lived experience as writers, essayists, visual artists, and activists. Reflecting the panoply of women's voices, the book links everyday experience and a social critique of the factors that enable and constrain women's lives. Through incisive creativity, pragmatic action, and affective networks, the book is a consolidation of diverse expressions of agency and collectivity. Sharing a will to advance the dignity of women's lives, the contributors are as plural as their subject matter. Canadian Romani women are impressively diverse in their attachments, status, beliefs, and identities. The chapters in this book illustrate this multiplicity by traversing creative practices and writing motifs. Contributors are visual artists, fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, scholars, and essayists. Reflecting the breadth of contributors' creative genres, the book is eclectic in content with multiple forms of writing and images.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771334013
Publisher: Inanna Publications
Publication date: 04/30/2017
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Hedina Tahirović-Sijerčić is an instructor of Romani Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Currently a doctoral candidate at the Katholieke Universiteit (ku) Leuven in Belgium, Tahirović-Sijerčićis major contributor to world Romani literature. She lives in Sarajevo.

Cynthia Levine-Rasky is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Her book, Writing the Roma, was published by Fernwood Books in 2016. She lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction: A Spectrum of Voices Cynthia Levine-Rasky Hedina Tahirovic-Sijercic 1

Romani Identity Hedina Tahirovic-Sijercic 13

Life Stories in Poetry (poems) Hedina Tahirovic-Sijercic 41

Speaking of Subjectivities Cynthia Levine-Rasky 58

Seeking Justice For Roma Refugees: How I Became a Leader in My Community Gina Csanyi-Robah 84

Roma Julia Lovell 107

Activist in Hungary / Asylum-Seeker in Toronto: Five Years in Transition Viktoria Mohacsi 108

Tillsonburg: Strategies for Living Lynn Hutchinson Lee 118

My Life as a Romani Woman Delilah Lee 135

What Is In A Name? Ildi Gulyas 143

We Are the Roads that Meet Elizabeth Lisa Ann Csanyi 151

A Romani Woman's Beautiful Dream Comes True Timea Ágnes Daróczi 163

Women in RomaRisingCA Chad Evans Wyatt 173

I Stand Against the Binary: Art and Identity Monica Bodirsky 180

Romani Advocacy, Identity, and Integration: Music and Myths in Montreal Melaena Allen-Trottier 202

It is in the Blood Saskia Tomkins 225

Django on the Guitar Arielle Dylan 230

The Old Wedding Dress Sarah Barbieux 231

Misery Loves Love, Misery Loves Me Elizabeth Lisa Ann Csanyi 241

"There Is Only One Gyongyi" Gyongyi Hamori Bluma Teram 243

When Roma Can Disagree: The Need for Diverse Representation Julianna Beaudoin Jennifer Danch 263

Roma Sisters Julia Lovell 275

Contributor Notes 276

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