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Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco

K. Meira Goldberg


How is the politics of Blackness figured in the flamenco dancing body? What does flamenco dance tell us about the construction of race in the Atlantic world? Sonidos Negros traces how, between 1492—when Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula coincided with Christopher Columbus’s landing on Hispaniola—and 1933—when Andalusian poet Federico García Lorca published his “Theory and Play of the Duende”—the vanquished Moor became Black; and how the imagined Gitano (“Gypsy,” or Roma) embodies the warring images and sounds of this process. By the nineteenth-century nadir of its colonial reach, S ... More

Keywords: flamenco, limpieza de sangre (purity of blood), Roma/Gitano/Gypsy, Moor/Morisco, Blackness, pastor bobo (foolish shepherd), bulla (confusion), majismo, raza (race), casta (caste, chaste)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190466916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190466916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K. Meira Goldberg, author
Visiting Research Scholar, CUNY Graduate Center