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Barbu Constantinescu, the first Romanian scholar of Romani studies
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Education. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
2018 (English)In: Romani Studies, ISSN 1528-0748, E-ISSN 1757-2274, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 41-78Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Half a century after the first work on the Romanian Roms written by M. Kogǎlniceanu (1837) at the suggestion of the father of modern geography, Alexander von Humboldt, similarly, at the suggestion of a foreign scholar, the father of Romani dialectology, Franz Miklosich, a graduate of the Faculty of Theology, University of Leipzig, and Ph.D. of the same university, Barbu Constantinescu, started to learn Romani and became the first Romanian scholar in the emergent field. He was an acknowledged educationist, the first exponent of Herbatianism in Romania, and worked in many educational pioneering projects, such as the establishment of the first kindergarten, as well as the reformation of the pedagogical and theological systems of education. In the field of Romani studies, unfortunately, he could not publish all his projected work, and posterity forgot his huge effort of travelling in all counties of Wallachia and Moldavia in search of Romani settlements. He published in Bucharest, in 1877 and 1878, a dozen songs and tales in Romani of his own translation, which were duly acknowledged (e.g. by F.H. Groome in his 1899 anthology of Gypsy folk songs). However, his work, comprising hundreds of documents, was not included in a collection, though it is partially preserved in some unedited manuscripts at the Romanian Academy Library in Bucharest, which are described here for the first time, in sections § 2.1-6. The article describes the intellectual legacy left by Barbu Constantinescu in the field of Romani studies.

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2018. Vol. 28, no 1, p. 41-78
Keywords [en]
Barbu constantinescu, Folklore diffusion, Francis Hinde Groome, Franz Miklosich, Moses Gaster, Romani folklore, Romanian Roms
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35728DOI: 10.3828/rs.2018.3ISI: 000434354500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048358379OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-35728DiVA, id: diva2:1223124
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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