048 - Romani Literature. What It Is, and Why it Matters


Organized by: University of New Hampshire. Prof. Ileana D Chirila



The rapid development of a Romani ethnopolitical movement in the last decades has led to the astounding expansion of Romani writing. Nevertheless, the concept of Romani literature is still disputed and debated, in part because of the transnational aspect of this literature, and because it might represent the purest expression of what Deleuze and Guattari qualify as “minor literature”. Multilingual, diasporic, hybrid, the state of Romani literature suggests that the current global crisis of human migration is perhaps as symptomatic an event as ever to question a 19th century pretension that literature, and cultural production more broadly, can indeed be contained, defined, and propagated along national lines. The papers presented in this panel will not only try to shed some light on what Romani literature means today, but also to help reimagine and rethink literature for a post-national world.