Newsletter

Cervantes Society of America
September 1996

Slightly belated autumn greetings from Granville. We apologize for getting off to a late start with the fall Newsletter. But we trust that for all of you the new academic cycle (or just the special excitement of another autumn season) finds you in good health and spirits. But there is much to report, and so, without further ado (as they say), here is an overview of those recent and upcoming events that have come to our attention:

First and foremost, concerning the upcoming MLA Convention and the CSA's concurrent activities, due to some confusion at MLA Headquarters the recently issued officil program contains various omissions and errors. Although the MLA tells us that they will mail out or provide a special “errata sheet,” here is the correct information:

1. The Open Business Meeting is on Saturday, 28 December, 3:30-4:45pm, in Monroe Ballroom West, Washington Hilton and Towers. Presiding: John Jay Allen. Plenary address: Henry Wells Sullivan (U of Missouri), “Don Quijote de la Mancha: Analyzable or Unanalyzable?”
2. Session 738, “Identity and Otherness in Cervantes,” is on Monday, 30 December, 1:45-3pm, in the Dupont Room, Washington Hilton and Towers; Carroll B. Johnson, presiding. The four participants and their papers are as follows (only the first two appear in the published MLA Program): Isabel Lozano-Renieblas (Dartmouth), “Jano o la formación de la identidad en el Persiles”; Theresa Marie Rosenhagen (Purdue), “Bakhtinian Dialogics and the Formation of Narrative Identity: The Polyphonic State of the Cervantine Narrative Voice”; George A. Shipley (U of Washington), “Tomás Rueda (Pseudonym; Surname Unknown): An Incurable Identity Crisis”; and Joseph V. Ricapito (Louisiana State), “La ilustre fregona: The Identity in Dreams and Hopes.” Since the MLA will not allow us any further “scheduled events,” the CSA Cash Bar will take place off premises, at a location to be announced.

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In the international sphere, we first learned from our colleague Prof. Frances Luttikhuizen and then directly from Prof. Chen Kaixian, of the Univ. of Nanjing, China, that Nanjing is planning an international symposium on Cervantes for late September of 1997. Prof. Kaixian's announcement is as follows:

Cervantes en el Mundo
Simposio Internacional '97 Nanjing, China
24 a 28 de septiembre de 1997

“. . . Y el que más ha mostrado desearlo ha sido el gran emperador de la China, pues en lengua chinesca habrá un mes que me escribió una carta con un propio, pidiéndome, o, por mejor decir, suplicándome se le enviase, porque quería fundar un colegio donde se leyese la lengua castellana, y quería que el libro que se leyese fuese el de la historia de Don Quijote. Juntamente con esto me decía que fuese yo a ser el rector de tal colegio.”

DON MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA


     El Centro Cervantes y el Departamento de Español de la Universidad de Nanjing anuncian su organización en homenaje al LD aniversario del nacimiento del ilustre autor de la imperecedora obra El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha.
     Es la primera vez que se organizan reuniones en lengua castellana en China, el deseo de Cervantes se hace realidad cuatro siglos después. El presidente honorífico del Simposio es el ilustrísimo DON MIGUEL.
     El idioma oficial del Simposio es el castellano.
     El tema principal consiste en los siguientes aspectos:
     1. Gran contribución que hizo Cervantes con su Quijote a la novela moderna.
     2. Cervantes y la novela contemporánea hispanoamericana.
     3. Cervantes y sus obras en China.
     4. Comentarios sobre varias ediciones chinas del Quijote.
     5. Tema cervantino libre y circunscrito a Cervantes en el mundo.
Quien desee participar como ponente ha de remitirnos el título de su comunicación cuanto antes y sus trabajos antes del día 1 de julio del año 1997. Los trabajos que sean admitidos serán incluidos en un libro que se publique en bilingüe (en español y en chino). Los ponentes cuyos trabajos sean apreciados y admitidos recibirán una ayuda sobre sus gastos durante el Simposio.
     Quien tenga interés en asistir al Simposio puede escribirnos.
     Habrá grandes facilidades de alojamiento y probablemente descuentos en la línea aérea entre Madrid y Shanghai.
     Se ruega pedir más información y enviarnos el título de sus trabajos a: Chen Kaixian, catedrático de Literatura Española e Hispanoamericana, Departamento de Español, Universidad de Nanjing, 210093 Nanjing, China.
     FAX: (86 25) 3307965
     Tel.: (86 25) 3304651, Ext. 3874

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Prof. John J. Allen, CSA President, sends the following Message:
     “As a result of our discussions at CSA/KFLC last April, the CSA is committed to producing the first installment of the annual bibliography that our constitution calls for. As approved by subsequent decision of the Executive Council, it will appear this fall, compiled and edited by the CSA bibliographer, Eduardo Urbina, and produced by Michael McGaha, as Cervantes no. 3, Winter 1996. This issue is co-funded and co-sponsored by the Centro de Estudios Cervantinos.
     “With the approval of the Executive Council, I have named Gonzalo Díaz-Migoyo chair of an ad hoc committee to create and manage a CSA Homepage, working with Michael McGaha and another member yet to be selected. I have asked them, to submit something for the consideration and approval of the EC and the membership at CSA/MLA 96.
     “The Executive Council has voted overwhelmingly to continue the practice initiated this year of alternating our roughly annual meetings between MLA and elsewhere. We will need to decide at CSA/MLA (Dec. 96) when and where our next meeting will be. Various sites have been mentioned as possibilities. I offer the possibility of meeting again with the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (April, 1998). Please send specific proposals for other meeting times and places to me as soon as possible, so that the Executive Council can be sure that all of the necessary information is available for the informed decision of the EC and a subsequent membership vote at CSA/MLA. We will need to know about dates, accommodations, advertising needs and facilities, expenses, etc.”

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Cervantine scholarship was well represented at the IV Congreso de la Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro, held in Alcalá de Henares, 22-27 July 1996. Twenty-six papers were presented and they are as follows: Eduardo Urbina, “Cervantes 2001: los estudios bibliográficos, el Anuario Bibliográfico Cervantino y la INTERNET”; José Manuel Trabado Cabado, “Diseño retórico y poético de una égloga de La Galatea de Cervantes”; Ahmed Abi-Ayad, “Orán: fuente literaria y lugar de escritura de Miguel de Cervantes”; Aurelio González Pérez, “Espacio y movimiento en el teatro cervantino”; Susana Hernández Araico, “La casi . . . comedia del Quijote de 1605. Prolegómenos a la escenificación de damas”; Roxana Gardes de Fernández, “El Quijote en el ideario de la independencia americana. Recepción y símbolo”; M Augusta de Costa Vieira, “Huellas de Don Quijote en la literatura brasileña”; José Manuel Martín Morán, “Autoridad y autoría en El Quijote”; Jaime Fernández. “El primer asedio de Altisidora (D.Q. II, 44). Sentido y razón estructural”; Aniano Peña, “Interpolaciones y géneros literarios en El Quijote”; Gonzalo Díaz Migoyo, “Una lectura decisiva: Don Quijote y Avellaneda”; José María Paz Gago, “Oralidad, escritura, visualidad, lectores y espectadores en el Quijote”; Juan Montero Delgado, “Trasluz de una historia cervantina, la de Lisandro y Leonida (Galatea, I)”; Juan Diego Vila, “Camila y la gramática mítica de la figura femenina en El curioso impertinente”; María A. Roca Mussons, “Minimalia: un personaje escondido en Rinconete y Cortadillo”; José Montero Reguera, “La española inglesa y la cuestión de la verosimilitud en la novelística cervantina”; William H. Clamurro, “Eros e identidad en las Novelas Ejemplares de Cervantes”; Anthony Close, “La tradición de los motes y El Licenciado Vidriera”; M José Martínez López, “Sátira y entremés en el siglo XVII”; Isabel Lozano Renieblas, “Sobre el debate de la fecha de composición de El Persiles”; Mercedes Alcalá Galán, “Teoría de la escritura (narrativa) en El Persiles”; Michel Moner e Inés López, “La retórica de los celos en Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda: enigma, metáfora y trampa textual”; M Catherina Ruta, “Estereotipos y originalidad de lo feo en la escritura cervantina”; Santiago A. López Navia, “La función de las fuentes indefinidas en la pseudohistoricidad del Quijote y sus continuaciones e imitacions”; Ivo Domínguez, “Don Quijote y el cristianismo militante”; Isabel Castells, “Y qué fue de los duques?: Continuaciones de Don Quijote II, 30-57, en Azorín y Robin Chapman”; and Steven Hutchinson, “Cuestiones de valor en el Curioso impertinente de Cervantes.”

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Other news notes that have come to our attention include the following:
     From Germany, where for the past 5 years he has been directing the Romance Language Department at the Univ. of Greifswald, Prof. Karl-Ludwig Selig writes that this past May he was personally awarded titular professorship by the Minister of Culture. Prof. Salvador J. Fajardo (Binghamton U) directed an NEH seminar for teachers, entitled “Reading Don Quixote” during this past summer. Prof. Diana de Armas Wilson (U of Denver) has recently been contracted to be sole editor for the Norton Critical Edition of Don Quijote, which will use Burton Raffel's recently published English translation; the Norton volume is forthcoming in 1998. From Baton Rouge, Prof. Joseph V. Ricapito informs us that his recently appearing book —Cervantes's Novelas Ejemplares: Between History and Creativity (Purdue UP, 196)— is the first of a two-book series on the Novelas, the second volume of which is forthcoming soon. Also, Prof. Ricapito presented a paper entitled “Cervantes Deconstructs Neo-Platonism” at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, as well as a plenary address —“Una lectura para todos y para todos los tiempos: valor e inmanencia moral en el Quijote de Cervantes”— at the Primer Congreso Iberoamericano sobre la enseñanza de la lengua y la literatura, Universidad Nacional de San Agustín, Arequipa, Peru, 27-31 May 1996.

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Yale U has recently marked the retirement of our distinguished colleague Manuel Durán with a symposium entitled “CERVANTES A Celebration: Symposium in Honor of Manuel Durán” (1-2 Nov.). Symposium participants included Yale professors Georgina Dopico-Black, Giuseppe Mazzotta, María Rosa Menocal, David Quint, and Roberto González-Echevarría; John J. Allen, Diana de Armas Wilson, Antonio Carreño, Alicia Colombí Monoguió, Patricia Finch, Javier Herrero, John Hugues, Jacques Lezra, Ciriaco Morón Arroyo, Hugo Rodríguez-Vechini, and Gonzalo Sobejano.

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Finally, we would once again like to remind all members to check the mailing label on this Newsletter; the number to the right of your name indicates the year up to and through the end of which your dues are paid. It thus should be '96 or later. In a short time we will be sending out notices to individuals dated '95 (or earlier), and unless dues status is brought up to date in early '97, we will eliminate those unpaid names from the active list. Please note: in some cases, the label may be inaccurate, given that people have paid very recently, after the labels might have been printed out. Dues rates, once agian, are $20 for regular members; $10 for students; $30 for couples. You are encouraged to pay for multiple years into the future (the current “winner” of dues futurity is paid up into the first years of the next millenium!). If you have any questions, please feel free to write, call or e-mail (clamurro@cc.denison.edu).

Cervantes Society of America
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