Gypsy Art and Its Cultural Rejection

After reading chapter 5 of Brigid O’Keeffe’s’ “New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union”, I have raised some questions. Specifically, I question the overall thinking of Boris Schtienpress and how he made certain observations. For example, he focuses on gypsy women as a distinct ethnic emblem of the seeming threat posed to righteous and pure Bolshevik masculinity (O’Keeffe, 196). With his thoughts in mind, I ask what people had come to think of the male performers of the Romani arts? Furthermore, I ask what birthed such principles of misogyny rooted within Bolshevik thought? Were his critiques of the arts simply propaganda like statements regarding the values in which Bolsheviks expected women to adhere in the Soviet Union?

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