Cervantes Society of America

May 2001

As we reach the end of another academic year, I hope that it has been a fulfilling and productive one for all, and that you have initiated many more into the corps of Cervantes enthusiasts. It has clearly been an active spring, as the reports on conference sessions on cuestiones cervantistas will indicate.

Cervantes on the conference circuit

Renaissance Society of America, March 29-31, Chicago

Things Spanish made an uncharacteristically strong showing at this year's RSA Annual Meeting, and Cervantes was also well represented. Frederick de Armas organized a session on “Cervantes and the Visual Arts,” during which the following papers were presented: “‘Talking of Michelangelo’: Cervantes as a Reader of Vasari” (Christopher B. Weimer); “Botticelli and the Key to Cervantine Perspectivism” (Eric Graf); and “Desdoblamiento and Mirroring in Velázquez's Rokeby Venus and Cervantes's Don Quijote Part II: The Quest for Unity in Duality” (Henry W. Sullivan). Papers presented at sessions on more general topics included: “Belardo el furioso y Don Quijote: Locura, lectura y celos entre Lope y Cervantes” (Belén Atienza); and “From Vaucluse to Toboso: Money, Love, and Literary Authority in the Sierra Morena” (Timothy Hampton).

Northeast Modern Language Association, March 30-31, Hartford

William Clamurro organized and chaired a panel that presented the following ponencias: “Cervantes' Concept of Historical Time” (Ronald J. Quirk); “How the Academy and Others Help Out That Forgetful Old Cervantes, or Let's Not Falsify the Chapter Titles Anymore!” (Thomas Lathrop); “De los juegos suplementarios en el Casamiento engañoso y el coloquio de los perros” (Felipe Ruan); and “The Trial of Jealousy in Cervantes' Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda (Stephen Wagschal).

2001 Annual Southern California Cervantes Symposium, April 7, University of Southern California

Roberto González Echevarría presented the keynote address entitled: “An Introduction to a New English Translation of the Quixote. The other papers were: “Cide Hamete Benengeli y la Cuestión de la autoridad” (Thomas E. Case); “A Frenetic Reader in an Idle Age: The Rev. John Bowle” (Daniel Eisenberg); “Lo universal del quijotismo” (James Castañeda); “The Punk-Rock Quijote: Cervantes, Dead Kennedys and the Built Environment” (Benjamin Fraser); “Re-escritura y recepción de Don Quijote en Los Angeles 2000: ballet ruso y teatro ‘bilingüe’” (Susana Hernández Araico); “Chicanoizing Don Quijote: From ‘Las aventuras de don Chipote’ to ‘The Quixote Cult’” (William Childers); “Edición electrónica virtual del Quijote (EEVV-DQ)” (Eduardo Urbina); and “Don Quijote in the Age of Digital Reproduction” (Matthew D. Stroud). The conference concluded with a roundtable discussion for which the panelists were Luis Avilés, Roberto González Echevarría, James A. Parr, Enrique Rodríguez Cepeda, and Amy R. Williamsen.

Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 19-21

William Clamurro chaired a panel at which the following papers were read: “La ficcionalidad crucificada: una lectura batailleana de Cervantes” (Patricia Saldarriaga); “Narration and Domestic Architecture in Cervantes' El celoso extremeño and Leonor de Meneses' El desdeñado más firma” (Ellen M. Anderson); and “El curioso impertinente y el canto 43 de Orlando furioso: De poema caballeresco italiano a novela ejemplar cervantina” (Angelo J. DiSalvo).

Other conference news

Joseph Ricapito presented a paper on Cervantes and the concept of the body and pain at the American Comparative Literature Association meeting in Boulder, Colorado. Professor Ricapito also presented “Los moriscos, un autor anónimo y dos autores del siglo de oro español [Quevedo y Cervantes]” at an Homenaje to Luce López Baralt held in Zaghouan, Tunisia. The paper also appeared in a two volume Mélanges dedicated to Professor López Baralt, edited by Abdeljelil Temimi.


Pierre Ullman has published “A Hypothesis Regarding the Religious and Mathematical Bases of Western Civilization” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 3, 1 (2000): 145-176, which includes the discovery that Cervantes quotes a sentence from Euclid's Geometry in El curioso impertinente.

Diana de Armas Wilson's Cervantes, the Novel, and the New World has been published by Oxford University Press. Professor Wilson has also been invited to deliver a keynote address at the international conference to be held September 8-11 in Oxford, England on “Remapping the Rise of the European Novel.”

Edward Friedman provided the introduction for the new Signet Classics edition of Don Quixote, translated by Walter Starkie. The edition is published by New American Library, a division of Penguin Putnam.

Forthcoming are the proceedings from a Colloquium: Spanien und Portugal im Zeitalter der Aufklärung (Potsdam, 1998) which will include many important articles on illustrated editions of Don Quijote.

The proceedings of the IV Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas, held last September in Lepanto, have been published in two volumes of 800 and 600 pages. They are sent free to members of the AC. If you would like to join the AC (which is apparently cheaper than buying the proceedings), contact José María Casasayas, Apartado 1181, 07080 Palma de Mallorca, tel. and fax 34-971-72-35-27.

As announced in the January newsletter, the 10th meeting of the AC will be in Rome, and the program is complete. The following meeting, in August of 2003, is planned for Rekjavik and will focus on topics related to the Persiles. Contact Professor Casasayas for further information.


At the March 7 dinner held by the Columbia College Alumni Association at the Plaza Hotel, former students of CSA member and faithful Newsletter correspondent Karl-Ludwig Selig established a scholarship fund in his honor in perpetuity so that “students may participate and share [in] the Columbia College curriculum.”

In memoriam

We note with sadness the passing of CSA member E. C. Riley on March 6. Cervantes will publish reminiscences of him in the fall 2001 issue. His collaborator J. B. Avalle-Arce, his student Anthony Close, and his friend Elena Percas will contribute. If anyone else would like to submit a piece on Professor Riley, contact Dan Eisenberg at


The following presentations were inadvertently left out of the January Newsletter report on the Lepanto conference: “Cervantes y Smollett: Una lectura de The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (Pilar Rotella); and “El Quijote: verosimilitud en la ficción or la ficción de la verdad” (Antonio Barbagallo).


Don Quijote and the Arts

On January 14, the New York Times detailed the unveiling of two eighteenth-century tapestries by the Frick Collection. They depict two scenes from the second part of Don Quijote, one which the Times identifies as a “festive wedding scene of dancing country maidens,” but which is clearly the episode of Camacho's wedding feast, and the other of Sancho's departure for the ínsula of Barataria. Henry Clay Frick purchased the tapestries in 1909, but they have never been displayed until now.

Don Quijote and International Politics

Lest we underestimate the iconic importance of Don Quijote, Karl-Ludwig Selig sends us these alert and possibly illuminating reminders, again from the New York Times:

A crusader against political corruption in Ukraine has sworn to act as “an independent Don Quixote and ensure that thieves will never come to power again in Ukraine.”

A review of Rivertown: Two Years on the Yangtze (Peter Hessler) recounts how Chinese students of a Peace Corps English teacher put on a skit based on Don Quijote which converts the hero into “a noodle shop owner from Fuling” who rides about China on a mop-turned-horse looking for good deeds to do, and who vows to give Taiwan to Sancho Panza.

Coming Attractions

The speakers have been chosen for the 2001 MLA society sessions, and will be announced in the September Newsletter.

Have a wonderful summer!

Theresa Ann Sears, Secretary/Treasurer
Cervantes Society of America
Dept. of Romance Languages
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402  USA

Fred Jehle Publications of the CSA HCervantes