From: Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America 11.2 (1991): 5-6.
Copyright © 1991, The Cervantes Society of America


FROM THE EDITOR

THROUGHOUT his career Luis A. Murillo has worked tirelessly to promote the study of Cervantes' work. As a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, he introduced generations of students —some of whom have since become well known Cervantes scholars themselves— to Cervantes' writings. His splendid edition of Don Quixote is used in classrooms wherever Cervantes' masterpiece is studied. Scholars constantly consult and cite his many articles and his book The Golden Dial: Temporal Configuration in ‘Don Quijote,’ while students and general readers find his highly readable Critical Introduction to ‘Don Quixote’ invaluable.
     A dream that Professor Murillo has particularly cherished is that his beloved native state of California would one day become a great center of Cervantes studies. This dream is now well on its way to being realized, thanks in large part to Murillo's efforts and influence. Many years ago he founded the Cervantes Society of California, and he was later one of the founders of the Cervantes Society of America. When he retired from the University of California, he donated his important Cervantes collection to the Doheny Memorial Library at his alma mater, the University of Southern California. To celebrate that event, and to honor Professor Murillo, James A. Parr organized a symposium held at USC on April 17-23, 1989. The papers presented there, as well as others contributed by colleagues who were unable to attend, were published in 1991 as On Cervantes: Essays for L. A. Murillo. Professor Murillo persuaded those involved in the 1989 symposium to make it an annual celebration of el día de Cervantes,

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revolving among the various universities in Southern California. The second annual Southern California Cervantes Symposium took place in April 1990 at UCLA. This issue of Cervantes contains the papers presented at the third annual symposium last April at the University of California, Irvine. I am grateful to Professor Anne Cruz, who organized that symposium, for her help in editing this volume. The 1992 symposium will be hosted by Professor Enrique Martínez-López at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on April 25; and Pomona College will host the symposium on April 24, 1993. All of us who teach and study Cervantes' work in Southern California are profoundly indebted to Luis A. Murillo for establishing this tradition, which has already greatly enriched our lives and promises to continue doing so for many years to come.


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