Cervantes Society of America


May 2004

Once again we have come to the end of an academic year, and once again we have engaged in our intellectual pursuits while surrounded by scenes of violence and horror sufficient to produce a truly Cervantine state of desengaño, not to mention a modern equivalent of Goya's black paintings. May the summer find us all resting and working tranquilly, as we choose, and may our labors see us through this time of madness.


CSA member Joseph V. Ricapito of Louisiana State University has been chosen as the 2004 Cervantes Lecturer for the Fordham University lecture series.

In Memoriam

The Department of Romance Studies, Duke University, has announced the death of Professor Emeritus and CSA member Bruce Wardropper. Friends and colleagues who wish to honor his memory may make a contribution to a fund to purchase books for Perkins Library at Duke. Members should contact Ms. Marsha Fancher (919-660-3102; mgffan@duke.edu) if they wish to contribute.

Cervantes on the Conference Circuit (I)

At the 57th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, held April 15-17, 2004, at the University of Kentucky, the following papers on Cervantes and related topics were presented: “Don Quijote y los galeotes: la locura caballeresca como fórmula de identidad estratégica” (Luis Alvarez-Castro, Ohio State); “From Sinner to Patient: Shifting Representations of Madness in Sixteenth-Century Spain” (Steven Wagschal, Indiana U); “Crisis y risa: aspectos controversiales en el carnaval de Don Quijote” (Jorge Nisguritzer, Southern Virginia U); “The Wages of Satire in Cervantes's El licenciado Vidriera” (Charles D. Presberg, U of Missouri Columbia); “Las bodas de Camacho y la sátira romana” (Francisco Vivar, U of Memphis); “El personaje de Marcela en Don Quijote: ¿defendida o defensora?” (Martha García, Vanderbilt U); “Sobre el tema de la muerte: su desarrollo y papel en el esquema mayor de la segunda parte del Quijote” (Georgia Naderi, Kennesaw State U); “The Rise and Fall of Fictions: Toward Defining the Structural Dynamics of Don Quijote” (Michael D. Thomas, Baylor U); “Shakespeare's Cardenio: A Dramatic Adaptation of Two Stories in the Quijote” (Angelo DiSalvo, Indiana State U); “To Be Loved and Feared: Cervantes' Numancia and Shakespeare's Henry V as Guides to Moral Rule” (Aaron M. Kahn, Oxford U); “Contradictions or Typical Exaggerations? More About Psychology in Don Quijote” (Tom Lathrop, U of Delaware); “Cervantes' Los habladores and Erasmus' Ciceronianus” (Carolyn Lukens-Olson, Saint Michael's College); “Don Quijote or Don Quixote: Does it Make a Difference?” (Michael J. McGrath, Georgia Southern U); “El Quijote como precedente literario en la construcción del sujeto caballeresco en la obra de María de Zayas y Ana Caro” (Rocío Rodríguez del Río, Rhodes College); “Parodia en dos entremeses cervantinos: El rufián viudo y La guarda cuidadosa” (María A. Sáenz, Grinnell College); and “Cervantes o la relocalización del sujeto teatral” (Carlos M. Gutiérrez, U of Cincinnati).

Cervantes on the Conference Circuit (II)

Professor Park Chul, of the Korean Association of Hispanists announces the Convocatoria del XI Coloquio Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas, which will take place at the National University of Seoul, South Korea, November 17-20, 2004 to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the first part of Don Quijote de la Mancha. The colloquium is a collaboration between the KAH and the AC. The participation of a number of eminent Cervantistas is already confirmed, and a maximum of 60 presenters will speak. The deadline for applying as a presenter or to attend the conference ís July 1. For more information, Dr. Park Chul's email is parkchul@hufs.ac.kr.

Cervantes at the MLA

CSA will, as usual, sponsor two sessions at the 2004 MLA Convention in Philadelphia, December 27-30. At the annual Business Session, Roberto González-Echevarría will speak on “Don Quijote as Fugitive from Justice: Closure in Part One.” CSA President James Parr will preside.

The regular session, entitled “Cervantes and the Hapsburgs,” will feature the following presentations: “Cervantes y el césar de Habsburgo: Don Quijote I, 32 y el Carlo Famoso (1566) de Luis Zapata de Chaves” (Antonio Sánchez-Jiménez, Brown U); “Visiones de la corte en el Quijote” (Ignacio López, Duke U); and “Hapsburgian Imperial Impulse in Cervantes' Persiles: Thule and the Barbarian Isle” (Sharon E. Knight, U of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). CSA Vice-President Frederick de Armas will preside.


Our regular correspondent, Professor Karl-Ludwig Selig, has resumed his custom of keeping CSA members informed of Cervantes sightings in the culture at large, after a serious illness at the end of last year. He has been reading Sepharad by Antonio Muñoz Molino, an episode of which takes place in New York, at the Hispanic Society of America and involves some of the books in their collections, including the 1519 Amadís de Gaula, the same edition of Palmerín de Inglaterra that Don Quijote must have read, and the first editions of La Galatea and Don Quijote. Professor Selig also notes the publication of Spanien und Portugal im Zeitalter der Aufklärung, eds. C. Frank-S. Hänsel, Frankfurt, 2002 (my apologies to Prof. Selig and other members who read German if I have transcribed this title incorrectly), which has several articles on Don Quijote, as well as illustrations.

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

Fred Jehle jehle@ipfw.edu Publications of the CSA HCervantes
URL: http://www.h-net.org/~cervantes/csa/nwslts04.htm