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Cervantes Society of America
May 1992

Now that the 1991-92 academic year draws to an end, we thought that it was due time to report on some recent activities and publications that have come to our notice and that might be of interest to CSA members.

At the CSA Business Meeting held last December during the MLA convention, Daniel Eisenberg reported on recent meetings of cervantistas held in Spain during 1991. The following has been excerpted from a written report that he shared with us:

     The Cuarto Coloquio Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas met in Alcalá de Henares on November 25-27, 1991. The general topic was “Proyección de Cervantes en el mundo”; about 40 papers were presented and the plenarias consisted of panels of 2 or 3 people discussing “Cervantes en los países de habla inglesa,” “Italia,” “Alemania,” “URSS,” “los países balcánicos,” “Japón,” and “Galicia y Cataluña.” The Actas will be published by Editorial Anthropos. Anthropos has begun a new series of Cervantine studies, in which Eduardo Urbina's latest book, El sin par Sancho Panza: parodia y creación, has recently appeared; new manuscripts for the series are welcomed.
     At the business meeting of the Coloquio, José María Casasayas updated the participants on several topics of interest: the AdeC will hold an annual coloquio internacional in Alcalá; every three years there is to be a congreso internacional, the first of which was held in Almagro in 1991. The next will be in Naples, in 1994, coordinated by Giuseppe Grilli.
     A Centro de Estudios Cervantinos has been founded in Alcalá and its current president is Carlos Alvar. Close collaboration between the Centro and the Asociación de Cervantistas is expected. The Centro is housed in the nineteenth-century Palacete Laredo, where some of the sessions of the Coloquio took place. The projected Edición Crítica de las Obras Completas de Cervantes will also be housed there, as will a future Cervantine library. Because the completion of the Edición Crítica will take at least 10 years, the first concrete product of the Centro will be an “edición puente” of the complete works, which while not a critical edition, should be better than anything now available. This edition should be published within two years.
     Casasayas also announced a bibliographical series, whose first product will be a Bibliografía de bibliografías cervantinas, and for which international collaboration will be sought. Finally, there was talk of preparing a Cervantine encyclopedia or handbook.
     On November 28, various participants in the coloquio were taken by bus to Montilla (Córdoba), which on December 1st celebrated the fourth centenary of Cervantes' extended visit and where (from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1) 24 papers were presented on the topics of eroticism and witchcraft in Cervantes. Featured speakers were Javier Herrero, Mauricio Molho, and Monique Joly. Participants from the USA included Steven Hutchinson, Anthony Cárdenas, and Michael Hasbrouck. Meetings took place in the restored house of the Inca Garcilaso and, on the last day, in the Ayuntamiento, the place in which Berganza listened to la Cañizares in the “Coloquio de los perros.” Selected papers from this conference will be published in Cervantes under the guest editorship of Daniel Eisenberg.

On April 25th, 1992, UC Santa Barbara hosted the Southern California Cervantes Symposium. Organized by Enrique Martínez López and other members of the UCSB faculty, the program included the following presentations:

Diana de Armas Wilson (U. of Denver), “Cervantes and The Matter of America.”

Katheryn A. Thompson (UC Riverside), “Los versos intercalados del Quijote de 1605: Aspectos de su forma y función.”

Luis Andrés Murillo (UC Berkeley), “The Helmet of Mambrino, A California Postscript: Cervantes and Clarence King.”

Felisa Guillén (Occidental Coll.), “Reclusión doméstica o vida conventual: ámbitos femeninos en Cervantes y María de Zayas.”

Alison Caplan (UCSB), “Divine Providence and the Chivalric World: The Narrative Structure of Don Quijote.”

Michael McGaha (Pomona Coll.), “Cervantes and Islam.”

Jorge Checa (UCSB), “Representación y conflicto discursivo en el episodio de Marcela y Grisóstomo.”

Eduardo Urbina (Texas A & M), “Vencedor de sí mismo: El desafortunado caballero don Quijote de la Mancha.”

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Other publications, lectures, and conference papers of interest include the following:

Ellen Anderson (York Univ., Toronto) has had an article entitled “The Lover into the Beloved Transformed: Neoplatonic Love as a Means of Self-Transformation in Cervantes' El rufián dichoso” published in Love and Death in the Renaissance (Selected Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America). Ottawa: Dovehouse, 1991.

Prof. Anderson also presented two papers this spring:
“Stepping out of the Maze: The Construction of Gender in Cervantes' El laberinto de amor.” Twelfth Annual Symposium on Golden Age Spanish Drama, UT El Paso, March 1992; and
“From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: Metonymy and Metaphor in Los tratos de Argel and Don Quixote, Part I.” Forty-fifth Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington KY, April 1992.

Also at the Kentucky conference, a session devoted to Cervantes featured the following papers:

Thomas Lathrop (U. of Delaware), “Priests = Devils in Don Quixote.”
Jesús García-Varela (U. of Louisville), “La función del retrato en el Quijote.”
William H. Clamurro (Denison U.), “The Uses of Entrancement: Fainting and Trance in the Novelas ejempalres of Cervantes.”
Oscar Ozete (U. of Southern Indiana), “Interpreting Cervantes' Galley-slave Episode.”

Myriam Yvonne Jehenson (SUNY Oswego) published an article entitled “The Dorotea-Fernando/Luscinda-Cardenio Episode in Don Quijote: A Postmodernist Play” in MLN 107, no. 2 (March 1992).

Charles Ganelin (Purdue) has sent us a report on the Third Purdue Univ. Conference on Romance Languages, Literatures & Film, held last October. The presentations pertinent to Cervantes studies included the following:

Karen Lucas (Birmingham-Southern Coll.), “The Carnivalesque Uncrowning of Dulcinea.”
Charles Oriel (Washington U., St. Louis), “Dialogue in/of Adventures: Don Quixote, Part I, Chapter 4.”
Bryant Creel (U. of Tennessee), “The ‘Enchantment’ of Metaphor in Don Quixote.”

Prof. Ganelin also tells us that “The first two essays will be included in the Romance Languages Annual 3 (1991), available for $25 (check payable to RLA, Purdue U.) from Ms. Deborah Starewich, Managing Editor, RLA, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1359. Those interested in submitting essays to the Fourth Annual Purdue University Conference on Roamnce Languages, Literatures & Film, to be held 15-17 October 1992, may contact Charles Ganelin at Purdue or by e-mail at ganelinc@vm.cc.purdue.edu.”

James A. Parr (UC, Riverside) informs us that he was a Fulbright lecturer on Don Quixote and other classic Spanish texts for ten weeks during the summer of 1991 in Uruguay and Argentina. In Uruguay he lectured at the Universidad de la República and the Cátedra Alicia Goyena in Montevideo, and in Argentina he lectured at the Universidad Nacional del Sur, the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, the Universidad Nacional de Salta, the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Alison Weber (Univ. of Virginia) gave a lecture entitled “Preciosa Unbound: Parody and Gender in La gitanilla” at the Univ. of Toronto in April.

Salvador J. Fajardo (SUNY, Binghamton) is directing an NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers on “Reading Don Quixote.” The seminar will be held in Binghamton from June 27 to August 7.


Recent and forthcoming books include the following:

Eduardo Urbina (Texas A & M), El sin par Sancho Panza: parodia y creación (Barcelona: Anthropos, 1991).
Miguel de Cervantes, Viaje del Parnaso, poesías varias, edición crítica de Elias L. Rivers (Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, 1991).
Francisco Sánchez (Denison U.), El discurso dramático de las ‘Novelas ejemplares’ de Cervantes, forthcoming from Editorial Pliegos.


Two fairly recent handbooks or critical introductions to the Quijote should be noted:

Carroll B. Johnson (UCLA), Don Quixote: The Quest for Modern Fiction (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1991), part of Twaynes Masterworks Series.
Luis Andrés Murillo (UC Berkeley), A Critical Introduction to Don Quixote (New York: Peter Lang, 1988,1990).

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Finally, the organizers of the upcoming congreso of the AIH (to be held at UC Irvine), 24-29 August 1992, inform us that there will be five sessions devoted to Cervantes; tentatively, they are as follows:

1. Novelas ejemplares

María Caterina Ruta, “Otros recorridos del realismo cervantino”
Steven Hutchinson, “Economías del valor en las Novelas ejemplares
William Clamurro, “El amante liberal y las fronteras de la identidad”
Joseph Ricapito, “Católicos secretos: los conversos y el mito de la vida marítima en La española inglesa

2. Aspectos carnavalescos del Quijote

Agustin Redondo, “El triunfo del bufón Escolio en el diálogo entre el duque y Sancho a raíz del vuelo de Clavileño (DQ II, 41)”
Amy Williamsen, “La inversión carnavalesca en el Persiles
Jaime Fernández, S.J. “La indumentaria de don Quijote (II, 46)”

3. Personajes del Quijote

Judith Whitenack, “Don Quijote y la maga: otra mujer que ‘no parece’”
Darío Fernández Morera, “Axiología, simbolismo y sicología en el Caballero del Verde Gabán”
Thomas A. Lathrop, “Cura=diablo en el Quijote

4. Don Quijote: Texto y lectura

James A. Parr, “Antimodelos narrativos del Quijote: lo innarrable, no narrado y desnarrado”
Ma. Augusta Vieira Helene, “Don Quijote: sus dudas y sus lectores”
Martina Guzmán Pinedo, “El Quijote como texto de fundación”
Gonzalo Sobejano, “La prosa del mundo en el Quijote: ilustraciones”

5. Influjos e influencias sobre Don Quijote

Antonio P. Cao, “Posible génesis y primeras recepciones teatrales del Quijote
José Manuel Martín Morán, “Cervantes y Avellaneda: Apuntes para una relectura del Quijote
Pedro Javier Pardo-García, “Cervantes y Chrétien de Troyes: Métière, conjointure y sens”



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