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ERIC Number: EJ1036247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Representing "The Great Devouring:" Romani Characters in Young Adult Holocaust Literature
Dean-Ruzicka, Rachel
Children's Literature in Education, v45 n3 p211-224 Sep 2014
This article discusses the representation of Roma-Sinti ("gypsy") characters in young adult literature about the Holocaust. It analyzes three primary texts: Jerry Spinelli's "Milkweed" (2003), Erich Hackl's "Farewell Sidonia" (1991), and Alexander Ramati's "And the Violins Stopped Playing" (1985). The article argues that only Ramati's text gives a detailed description of Roma-Sinti culture, while Spinelli's and Hackl's texts merely deal with the "gypsy" on a surface level. I call for a critical evaluation of texts featuring Roma-Sinti characters in order to encourage cosmopolitan engagement with another culture. In the article, I adapt the language of cosmopolitan philosophers Kwame Anthony Appiah and Judith Butler to exemplify the positive and negative effects that literature can have on readers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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