Newsletter

Cervantes Society of America
February 1995

As the winter winds down, and we suddenly find ourselves at mid-semester, it is once again time for a belated Winter Edition of the Newsletter.

First and foremost, the Minutes of the CSA meetings held at last December's MLA Convention in San Diego:

29 December 1994 - Meeting of the Executive Council

Present were Profs. J. J. Allen (president), A. Williamsen, R. ter Horst, M. McGaha, A. Martín, A Cruz, C. B. Johnson, and W. Clamurro.

I. Prof. Allen called the meeting to order at 7:25pm. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

II. Announcements: Prof. Allen informed us of the recent death of our friend and colleague Monique Joly.
     Prof. Johnson announced that the main topic for the 1995 Southern California Cervantes Symposium would be “Approaches to La gitanilla.” The Symposium will take place on Saturday, May 6, 1995. The 1996 Symposium will be held at UC, Riverside.

III. Since he could not be there in person, Prof. McGaha's Editor's report was read by Prof. Clamurro and is as follows:
     “The rate of submission of articles to Cervantes remains relatively stable. This year we have accepted approximately 1/3 of the articles submitted, though we have required most of the authors to make substantial revisions to the articles before accepting them. As usual, we published Geoffrey Stagg's paper from last year's business meeting. With 176 pages, the fall 1994 issue was one of the largest we have ever published; in addition to Stagg's article on La Galatea, it contained eight papers from the Southern California Cervantes Symposium held in April 1993, and two book reviews.
     “This year we have managed to get the journal back on schedule; i.e., it is now actually coming out in the season listed on the cover. the forthcoming issue —Volume XV, number 1 (spring 1995)— should be ready for distribution in late February or early March. It will contain selected papers from the conference on “La construcción del personaje en la obra cervantina” held in Castro del Río in November 1993. The organizers of the conference have ordered 525 extra copies for distribution in Spain, which we hope will help to make our journal better known there and attract some new subscribers. Volume XV, number 2 (fall 1995) will be a special issue in memory of Ruth El Saffar and will contain most of the papers from the session “Reflections on Quixotic Desire” at this year's MLA convention, as well as some other articles and book reviews.
     “I take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to the members of the Editorial Board, and especially to Jay Allen, Peter Dunn, Edward Friedman, Luis Murillo, Lowry Nelson, Jr., Helena Percas de Ponseti, Geoffrey Stagg, Bruce Wardropper, and Alison Weber, all of whom have evaluated article submitted during the past year. They have all done their job so conscientiously that I am always proud to send their very thoughtful comments to the authors, and I am certain that the authors share my gratitude. In fact I had the very pleasant—and unusual—experience this year of having an author whose article we had rejected write me an effusive letter of thanks for the excellent reader's report.”

IV. The Secretary-Treasurer then gave his Treasurer's report (attached at the end of this newsletter) and also announced the results of the recent elections, which are the following:

Elected as Vice President: Prof. C. B. Johnson; Executive Council Members: (1) N.E. region, D. Finello; (2) S.E., A. Weber; (3) M.W., S. Hutchinson; (4) S.W., J. Whitenack; (5) Pacific, E. Bergmann. The At-large Council Members elected were A. Williamsen, H. Mancing, E. Urbina, F. de Armas, and G. Shipley.

V. Considerable discussion was given to the suggestion put forward by Prof. Allen and included as an opinion item on last year's election ballots, concerning the possibility of holding the business meetings of the Society at other places (and times) from the annual MLA Convention. Many of our members who expressed any opinion on the question were in favor of this idea (see the subsequent report from Prof. Allen, included here, after the minutes). These comments also made worthwhile suggestions for how the format of future business meetings—to include panels, special presentations, etc.—might be modified to allow more time for discussion of papers and lectures, etc.
     The suggestion was made to explore the possibility of holding the first such alternative site meeting in April 1996 at the Southern California Cervantes Symposium. After some discussion of the idea, it was moved (by Prof. ter Horst) and seconded (by Prof. Martín) that the 1996 meeting be at the So. Cal. Cervantes Symposium. The motion was approved. It was subsequently suggested that the CSA meet in the spring of 1998 at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference.

Prof. Clamurro expressed willingness to continue for one more three-year term as Secretary Treasurer, at the pleasure of the officers and the newly elected Executive Council members. Pres. Allen agreed to bring this question to the Council members.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05pm.

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Minutes of the Open Business Meeting, 29 December 1995, 9pm.

The meeting was called to order by Prof. Allen at 9:15pm. The announcements and reports made at the Executive Council meeting were repeated.

The motion (concerning the change of site for the '96 meetings) made at the Executive Council meeting was made and seconded before all the members present and was approved.

Prof. Allen introduced the invited speaker, Prof. Michel Moner (Université de Stendhal, Grenoble III), who then gave the plenary address, “El Quijote como desconstrucción del texto literario.”

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Subsequent to the decision made at the San Diego meeting, concerning the change of venue to California for 1996, Prof. Allen sent us the following report:
     “The proposal to hold the next annual meeting of the Cervantes Society in conjunction with the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in April 1996 instead of at MLA '95 was overwhelmingly approved by the members who responded to the proposal that was submitted with the ballot last fall (72 in favor, 9 opposed). The proposal left open the prospect of meeting alternately in future years with MLA and separately, elsewhere, instead of always with the MLA, as in the past. Officers of the MLA have assured us that such a pattern would not jeopardize out status as an Allied Organization of the MLA.
     “The Executive Council of the CSA discussed, approved, and proposed to the members at the Open Business Meeting in San Diego that the April '96 meeting be held in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the Cervantes Symposium for Southern California, and the proposal was approved at that meeting, but subsequent discussions among the larger membership of the Executive Council resulted in a return to the original plan to meet in Lexington, based primarily upon the following considerations: 1) the orginal proposal supported so enthusiastically by the membership at large was for a meeting in Kentucky, and the small group of us that approved the change in December (and in California) was not adequately representative of the membership at large; 2) the '94 meeting having been held in San Diego, the choice of Los Angeles for the next meeting seemed less than ideal; 3) the first regular meeting of the CSA on our own would benefit significantly from association with a large language and literature conference that a considerable number of cervantistas already attend with some regularity.
     “Attendance at the KFLC is over a thousand, among whom are something over 600 Hispanists, and the business of mailing lists, lodging arrangements, meeting rooms, publicity, etc., is already in place, which will allow our new CSA Vice President to focus exclusively on planning a program, and with a flexibility in the number and kind of sessions that the MLA lock-step format has never permitted. Instead of the MLA April deadline for program copy, nine months and an academic year away from the meeting time in December, the '96 Kentucky Conference will have a December deadline, facilitating planning for those who wish to attend and participate.”

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Publications, announcements, recent and forthcoming events:

     Prof. Salvador J. Fajardo (SUNY, Binghamton) informs us that he will again be giving his NEH Seminar for Teachers, “Reading Don Quixote” this summer, from June 26th to August 4th.
     Prof. J. Allen is attending the March 15th meeting of the Asamblea eneral of the Asociación de Cervantistas in Alcalá de Henares, and will subsequently attend the Jornadas de teatro in Almería.
     In the area of Cervantes Bibliographies, there has been considerable activity lately. The CSA Officers, noting the existence of a CSA Bibliographer mentioned in the Constitution, have revived that position, and at the willingness to serve as such, have named Eduardo Urbina to that position. Prof. Urbina is currently working on Cervantine bibliography and has recently given informed us that he is working with Carlos Alvar, Director of the Centro de Estudios Cervantinos, on a prototype bibliography that will be published in 1996 by the Centro and will include entries from as late as 1994. This bibliography, edited by Prof. Urbina at Texas A & M, with the collaboration of James Harner, Editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography (also published at Texas A & M ), is foreseen as limiting itself in this first version to general studies, editions, translations, books, articles, reviews, homenajes and other collections of essays, without detailed annotation. In future years, the items will be annotated, as well as there being the inclusion of items of a broader cultural interest; finally it is hoped to produce the a future version of the bibliography in CD-ROM. Prof. Urbina would therefore like to invite any and all persons who have or know of items that should be included to contact him: e-mail: EOU1741@ACS.TAMU.EDU; FAX: (409) 845-6421; or by mail at the Dept. of Modern Languages, Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX 77843.
     Another Cervantine bibliography project is coming to completion. Prof. Jaime Fernández (of Sophia University, Tokyo) informs us that his bibliography of the Quijote will appear in June or July of 1995; it is titled Bibliografía del “Quijote” por unidades narrativas y materiales de la novela and will contain things published in the twentieth century (plus a few things from the 19th) in seven languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Catalan. The bibliography is being published by the Centro de Estudios Cervantinos of Alcalá de Henares, and Prof. Fernández may have sample copies ready to bring to the upcoming August 1995 AIH Congreso in Birmingham. Three years after this first publication the Centro hopes to bring out an electronic edition (C-ROM), which will be continually revised and brought up to date.
     Prof. J. B. Avalle-Arce (UC, Santa Barbara) tells us that the Centro de Estudios Cervantinos of Alcalá will publish his Enciclopedia Cervantina this year. In addition, UC, Santa Barbara has named Prof. Avalle-Arce the first José Miguel de Barandiarán Professor of Basque Studies.
     In the autumn of 1994 Ediciones Taurus (Madrid) published a revised edition of the Novelas ejemplares, as edited by Julio Rodríguez-Luis; this new edition, 613 pp., includes a critical introduction, bibliography, notes, notes on variants, and a glossary.
     From Prof. Jim Parr we learn that an anthology purporting to sample the most innovative work on Cervantes since the mid-1970s has appeared in Italy. Titled Releggere Cervantes: Antologia della Critica Recente (Ed. Mariarosa Scaramuzza Vidoni [Milano: Ambrosiana, 1994]), it includes selections by two U.S. scholars, James A. Parr and the late Ruth El Saffar. Ruth is represented by a translation of her “Voces marginales y la visión del ser cervantino,” Anthropos no. 98-99 (1989): 59-63, and Jim Parr by several pages from his Don Quixote: An Anatomy of Subversive Discourse (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 1988). All items are in Italian translation.
     Jorge Aladro-Font informs us that his article, “Don Quijote y Cristóbal Colón o la sinrazón de la realidad” appeared in the June 1994 edition of Lienzo, a journal published at the Universidad de Lima.
     Another recent publication of interest by one of our members is Maria Fernanda de Abreu's Cervantes no romantismo português: Cavaleiros andantes, manuscritos encontrados e gargalhadas moralíssimas (Lisboa: Editorial Estampa, 1994).
     Eduardo Urbina's article “‘En alas del deseo’: el motivo de los altibajos en el Quijote” was recently published in the IJHL, and he presented a paper entitled “A Matter of Time, A Question of How: The First Staging of La gran sultana” at a conference called “How is it Played? Genre, Performance, and Meaning,” held at Texas A & M in October 1994.
     Prof. Harry Sieber (Johns Hopkins Univ.) informs us that an exhibition entitled “The World of Don Quijote: A Selection of Sources on the Life, Times, and Writings of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, 1547-1616” is being organized and will be on display at the George Peabody Library in downtown Baltimore (17 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore MD 21202) from August 1 to November 30, 1995. Robert M. Bartram is the curator and Harry Sieber will collaborate in writing the catalogue and choosing the texts.
     Finally, Burton Raffel informs us that his English translation version of the Quijote, to be published by Norton, is due to appear later this year. The edition has an introductory essay by Diana de Armas Wilson.

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