Newsletter

Cervantes Society of America
February 1999

Greetings from east central Kansas. There is much to report and announce, and so, with apologies for the lateness of this newsletter, we will get right to it. First and foremost, the CSA was once again notably present at last December's MLA Convention in San Francisco. Since MLA rules now limit all allied organizations to only two scheduled events, we had decided to present two panels and thus there was no “Open Business Meeting” with the usual plenary address. The Executive Council did meet, off site, as it were, for its annual business meeting. The minutes of that meeting are as follows:

Minutes of the Executive Council meeting, 28 December 1998.
     Present were C. B. Johnson (Pres.), Nina Cox Davis, Pat Kenworthy, Robert Flores, Joe Ricapito, Ed Friedman, Catherine Connor, Harry Sieber, Laura Gorfkle, and Wm. Clamurro.
     The meeting was called to order by Prof. Johnson at 1:40 pm, and the minutes of the previous meetings (of 22 and 24 January 1998) were read and approved (as moved by J. V. Ricapito and seconded by C. Connor).
     The Secretary-Treasurer gave the Financial Report for 1998 (attached at the end of this newsletter), commenting on particular expenses (e.g., last year's publication of the membership directory) and noting the problem of a slight short fall in the payment of dues. There was some discussion about looking into possible incorporation (as an official non-profit organization), but the difficulties of achieving that status weigh against any change in our current nature.
     The Editor's Report was presented by W. Clamurro (in the absence of Prof. McGaha); it reads as follows:

“Submissions to the journal have continued to rise during 1998. This year we have received eighteen articles, two more than in the previous year. On the advice of the Editorial Board, I rejected six of those articles, accepted five of them, and invited five of the authors to resubmit their articles after substantial revision. I am still awaiting the evaluations of the Associate Editors on the remaining two. I spent much of the summer reading more than fifty papers presented at the VIII Coloquio Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas in El Toboso in April, ultimately selecting eleven of those papers for publication in the fall 1999 issue. The articles selected for publication are by Carlos Brito Díaz, Daniel Eisenberg, José Ramón Fernández de Cano, Jorge García López, Gustavo Illades Aguiar, Agapita Jurado, Jesús G. Maestro, Gonzalo Díaz Migoyo, María Roca Mussons, and Pina Rosa Piras. Besides Spain and the U.S., the list includes three professors from Italy and one from Mexico. I also worked closely during the summer with Mary M. Gaylord, who was guest-editing a special issue of the journal honoring Peter N. Dunn on his retirement. After many frustrating delays, the issue was published in November. The spring 1999 issue is now in press. It will include articles by Robert Hathaway, Carole Holdsworth, E. T. Aylward, E. C. Graf, Jaime Fernández, and Carlos Gutiérrez; a very interesting note by Dale Wasserman, author of Man of La Mancha, on Don Quixote as theater; seven book reviews; and a stimulating Forum section containing Howard Mancing's reply to Henry Sullivan's article “Don Quixote de la Mancha: Analyzable or Unanalyzable?” and Sullivan's rebuttal. Volume XVIII of the journal (1998) is 319 pages long and contains twelve articles and eleven book reviews. I have a backlog of six articles accepted for publication, which should appear in the first issue edited by my successor (spring 2000). I take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Editorial Board —and especially Edward Friedman, the Book Review Editor— for their careful and conscientious work during the past year.”

Respectfully submitted,
Michael McGaha
Editor, CERVANTES


     CSA participation in the Homenaje a Alberto Sánchez was discussed; P. Kenworthy suggested that the CSA send an official letter of congratulations. The council agreed, and it was decided that Prof. Kenworthy would draft that letter on behalf of the Society (moved by W. Clamurro, seconded by J.V. Ricapito).
     The issue of the scheduling, venues, and format of future CSA meetings was again brought up. Prof. Johnson outlined the recent history of our meetings, how the times and places were selected, and the various scheduling problems that have attended our planning in the years since the December '93 meeting in San Diego (held at that year's MLA Convention). The pro's and con's of staying with the MLA were discussed at length. Prof. Gorfkle spoke in favor of staying with the MLA, as did Profs. Connor, Ricapito, and Sieber. Prof. Flores suggested that we strive to have a higher profile at the MLA Conventions, if possible. It was finally agreed that we would continue the policy of meeting every year at the MLA Convention, with a periodic (e.g., every two or three years) larger colloquium of our own, such as the January '98 meeting at UCLA. W. Clamurro moved that we sponsor one panel and one plenary speaker (the Open Business Meeting) at the next MLA Convention (Chicago, Dec. 1999); motion seconded by Prof. Sieber and approved unanimously.
     Concerning the topic for the panel, it was suggested that the session deal with Cervantes's theater and the aspects of theatricality in Cervantes. Discussion ensued, and this idea was approved. The title of the session was set as “Cervantes's Theater and Theatricality in Cervantes” and the call for papers description was drafted as follows: “We invite papers (8-10 pages) or detailed abstracts of papers that deal with new theoretical approaches to Cervantes's plays and/or to issues of theatricality and performance in Cervantes's writings in general. Please send two copies to Edward H. Friedman, National Humanities Center, 7 Alexander Drive, P.O. Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2256 by March 5, 1999.” [This announcement has already appeared in the MLA Newsletter.]
     The question of publication of an annual bibliography was again addressed. It was generally thought that we should move away from the notion of having a conventional, printed bibliography, in light of the recent proliferation of on-line bibliographies in the field of Cervantes studies. H. Sieber suggested that efforts be made to develop a really professional-looking webpage and to incorporate bibliographic and other resources in it. With this in mind, it was agreed that we would announce that “The CSA believes that we should be on the Web, and we therefore invite volunteers and/or proposals for a move in this direction” (including a volunteer for a CSA webmaster; ideas for the scope and format of such a webpage, etc.).
     The ongoing issue of the next Secretary-Treasurer was again addressed. No specific new proposal or volunteer emerged, but at least one plausible candidate was suggested and consideration of this possibility will continue.
     The council then went into closed session in order to discuss, in confidence, the candidates who had come forward for consideration for the position of Editor of the journal. By the time of the meeting's end (3:30pm), this issue had not been fully resolved.
     Respectfully submitted, Wm. H. Clamurro, Secretary-Treasurer

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Subsequent to the meeting in San Francisco, the Executive Council and the officers continued the discussion and consideration of the candidates for editor, by means of e-mail and other correspondence. A final vote of the Council was taken and the person selected for the position, with the first three-year term to begin in January of 2000, is our colleague Prof. Daniel Eisenberg.

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As announced in the autumn newsletter, the CSA organized two panels devoted to the Novelas ejemplares for the December '98 MLA convention, one on Las dos doncellas and one on La señora Cornelia. The first session (Cervantine Ambiguities I: Gender Instability in “Las dos doncellas”), chaired by C. B. Johnson, contained “Angels and Pilgrims: Gender Instability and its Containment in ‘Las dos doncellas’” by Harry Vélez-Quiñones (U of Puget Sound), “Empire Unmanned: Gender Trouble and Classical Allusion in ‘Las dos doncellas’” by Barbara Fuchs (U of Washington), and “Enterrado en el seno del perpetuo silencio: Doubling and Taboo” by Iluminada Amat (U of North Carolina, Greensboro). The second panel (Cervantine Ambiguities II: Genre Instability in “La señora Cornelia”), chaired by W. Clamurro, contained “Of Piracy and Plackets: ‘La señora Cornelia’ on the Jacobean Stage” by Diana de Armas Wilson (U of Denver), “Fun and Games in Italy: ‘La señora Cornelia’” by Joseph Ricapito (Louisiana State U), and “Metafiction in ‘La señora Cornelia’: (De)Constructing Romance” by Eric J. Kartchner (U of North Texas).

In other news, it was brought to our attention that we omitted yet another cervantine presentation from last July's Madrid congreso of the AIH; our colleague Isaías Lerner (of the CUNY Graduate School) read “Cervantes y la pintura nuevamente.” We are also informed that our colleague Elizabeth Wilhelmsen (U of Nebraska, Lincoln) gave a lecture, “Cervantes y Esquivias: hacia una valoración de la relación biografía-estilo” at the invitation of the “Sociedad Cervantina de Esquivias” in the Casa de Cervantes, Esquivias, Toledo Spain (Dec. 1997), and also published a review of Henry Sullivan's book Grotesque Purgatory in Renaissance Quarterly 51.3 (1998). Prof. Wilhelmsen also organized a symposium at U of Nebraska, “Colloquium in Honor of Cervantes on the Anniversary of his Death,” which featured lectures by Julio César Sánchez Rondón, “Visión carnavalesca del Quijote,” and by Francesco Tarelli, “La locura del homo vitreus” (April 1998); she also directed a doctoral dissertation, “Don Quijote: A Numismatic and Economic Analysis: Literary Images of Coinage, Wealth and Poverty” (defended in November of 1997).

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Finally, we would be egregiously remiss in our fiscal duties if we did not remind all of you to check the number to the right of your name on the mailing label of this newsletter. It should read '99 or later (e.g., '00 or '01, etc). In a short time we will send out letters to those not paid since '96 and '97, and if the situation of dues in arrears cannot be resolved, we will have to move those names to the “inactive” list. The short fall from dues unpaid by members who nonetheless are still sent the journal and the newsletters, etc., amounts to well over $1,000 and the society cannot continue to operate prudently with the added expenses (mailing of newsletter and journal, etc.) for those who are not holding up their end of the obligation. We therefore implore you to check the date on the label and to bring your dues status up to date promptly. If you have any questions about the date indicated, or any other question about your status, please do not hesitate to contact us, by mail or e-mail (clamurrw@emporia.edu). We thank you in advance for your interest and kind attention in this matter.

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Meanwhile, our most cordial good wishes for the balance of the spring semester and for a summer both restful and productive.

Financial Report 1998

Balance Brought Forward $22,799.45
 
1998 Income
Subscriptions, etc. $12,181.28
 
1998 Expenditures
Honorarium for T. A. Sears $500.00
Travel award for S. Wagschal 500.00
Banquet at UCLA conference

544.84

Typesetting V18, #1 (balance) 1,457.49
Printing/mailing V18, #1 2,535.96
Typesetting V18, #2 2,337.36
Printing/mailing V18, #2

2,672.87

Typesetting V19, #1 (deposit) 1,050.00
mail 40.28
phone bills 30.60
Printing, mail, & office expenses at ESU   1,728.54
Total Expenses 13,397.94
 
Balance (December 18, 1998) $21,582.79
 
Members:      276
 
Libraries: 213


Cervantes Society of America
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Division of Foreign Languages
Emporia State University
Box 4024
Emporia, Kansas 66801-5087

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