Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America

Cervantes Trivia:

Things you always (?) wanted to know about the journal

(Feel free to send any of your Cervantes (journal) trivia items to Fred Jehle, <jehle@ipfw.edu>.)

The Spring 1989 issue used endnotes instead of footnotes.

The longest known footnote appears in the Fall 1986 issue. Footnote #72 in José M. Casasayas' article “La edición definitiva de las obras de Cervantes” starts on page 168, ends on page 172, and includes 2259 words.

The first issue appeared in the Fall of 1981 and was a double issue: Volume I, issues 1 and 2.

The journal is normally published twice yearly, Spring and Fall. However, there have been two special issues: the first was the Winter 1988 issue, and the second was Winter 1996. The Winter issues precede the Spring issues of a given year.

The longest issue published to date* was Spring 2003, with 264 pages.

The shortest issues were Fall 1984 and Fall 1989, tied with 68 pages each.

The longest piece appearing in the journal was the 203-page “Anuario Bibliográfico Cervantino 1994-1995”, by Eduardo Urbina; the entire Winter 1996 issue was devoted to it.

The type font currently used for the journal is ZapfCalligr BT [ZapfCalligraphic801BT-Roman], copyright 1990-1993 by Bitstream.

Thomas Lathrop was the Assistant to the Editor for many years (Spring/Fall 1981-Spring 1989) and is responsible for the much of the look of the journal, including the woodcuts that are used at the beginning of each article, for example:

The headers at the top of the page for article-length pieces traditionally feature the author's name and journal name on the left-hand (even-numbered) pages and the volume number, year, and title of the piece on the right-hand (odd-numbered) pages. Since the ... issue, the issue number also appears with the volume number on the right hand header. [The WWW versions of nearly all items —not only articles but notes, reviews, forum pieces, etc.— include the author's name and the issue number in page headers.]

On Sept. 16, 2003, the last remaining item from back issues of the journal was posted on the web:  “The Concept of Venus-Humanitas in Cervantes as the Key to the Enigma of Botticelli's Primavera,” by George Camamis, Cervantes 8.2 (1988): 183-223.

Individuals who helped in the digitalization of items for the Cervantes web project include: Sue Dirrim, Myrna Douglas, Ruth Hyndman, Contessa Marion, Kendall Sydnor, and two volunteers who wish to remain anonymous. In addition, Daniel Eisenberg and Eduardo Urbina supplied files of various articles and other items.

The editors of the journal to date* have been: John J. Allen (Spring/Fall1981-Winter 1988), Michael McGaha (Spring 1988-Fall 1999), Daniel Eisenberg (Spring 2000-).

Since Fall, 2000, the journal has been published by Cushing and Maloe (Ann Arbor, MI); the previous publisher was Bookmasters (Mansfield, OH).

Since the first issue, Cervantes has used directional quotation marks. That is, opening quotation marks are distinct from closing ones, although you may have to look closely to see the difference.

Since 2001, the editor has also typeset the journal, saving considerable money for the CSA.

The word Cervantes appeared 434 times in the first issue of the journal.

No person with a last name starting with X, Y, or Z, has published an item in Cervantes to date.*

To date,* only one person with whose last name starts with a Q has published in Cervantes: María Cristina Quintero published an article in the Fall 1991 issue and a review in the Fall 2000 issue.

To date,* some 20 different editions or translations of Cervantes' works have been reviews in the pages of Cervantes.

The official policy of Cervantes is that the singular possessive form of Cervantes has only one s: “Cervantes' works” [not Cervantes's works; “The Possessive of Cervantes is Cervantes’Cervantes 20.2 (2000): 5-6.].

* “To date” = as of Sept. 29, 2003.

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