Cervantes Society of America


May 2007

So we come to the end of yet another academic year, whose horrific ending in Virginia might make us, like Don Quixote, yearn for a time in which “Todo era paz entonces, todo amistad, todo concordia,” and “La justicia se estaba en sus propios términos, sin que la osasen turbar ni ofender los del favor y los del interese.” The ivory tower, alas, is no refuge from the evils of the world, nor does its production of knowledge necessarily bring with it wisdom.

In Memoriam

It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden death of Dr. Carroll Johnson, Cervantes scholar extraordinaire, past president of CSA, and well-loved teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. Carroll died on April 3, 2007 after suffering a stroke on March 26 at O'Hare Airport in Chicago while returning from a conference at the University of Wisconsin. A Harvard Ph.D. (1966), Carroll taught Spanish for many years at UCLA. His recent books include: Don Quixote: The Quest for Modern Fiction (Twayne, 1990) and Cervantes and the Material World (Illinois, 2000). Cervantistas around the world will miss his knowledge and enthusiasm for Golden Age literature. Carroll was scheduled to present a paper at the CSA session of the 2007 MLA. The session will be dedicated to him.

CSA Governance

The following committees have been formed to review the structure and governance of the Society.

Committee 1: The committee will take a new look at the structure of the committees (and in particular the Executive Council) in the Society, as well as the terms of office. The members are: Nina Davis, Robert Johnson, Rogelio Miñana, and Carolyn Nadeau.

Committee 2: The committee will look to expand our offerings, and will consider our relations with “regional” Cervantes Associations as well as the role of international members and associations. The members are: Bruce Burningham, Barbara Simerka, and Alison Weber.

The nominating committee, consisting of Frederick de Armas, Stephen Rupp, and William Worden (chair) selected the nominees for regional delegates to the Executive Council that appear on the ballot included with this newsletter.


The first Premio Internacional de Investigación Científica y Crítica “Miguel de Cervantes” has been awarded to Sobre el primer Quijote by Giuseppe Grilli. The award will be presented in Ciudad Real, at the University of Castilla-La Mancha during the commemorative ceremonies of Cervantes Week.
Members interested in the second Premio Internacional may find information at: http//academiaeditorial.com/cms/index.php?page=premio-cervantes.

Cervantes on the Conference Circuit

At the 60th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Converence, the following papers were presented at the session “Cosmovisión cervantina: Técnicas narrativas, analogías fílmicas y Los trabajos y Persiles y Sigismunda”: “La unidad problemática de la primera parte del Quijote” (Francisco García, U. of Connecticut); “Inscripción verbal y visual en el Quijote” (Brian Patrick, U. of Connecticut); “Lost in La Mancha: la realidad de una ficción que nunca existió” (Julia Domínguez, Iowa State U.); and “‘I'll Have What She's Having’: El deseo mimético en Persiles y Sigismunda” (William Costley, U. of Arizona).

Cervantes also appeared in a session dedicated to other topics: “Idealizing the Present with Future Histories: Ercilla, Cervantes and Lobo Lasso de la Vega” (Aaron M. Kahn, Oxford U.).

Publications by Members

Rosilie Hernández-Pecoraro. Bucolic Metaphors: History, Subjectivity, and Gender in the Early Modern Spanish Pastoral. North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, Fall/Winter 2006.

Diego Martínez Torrón and Bernd Dietz, eds. Cervantes y el ámbito anglosajón. Madrid: SIAL, 2005.

Frances Luttikuizen. “Cervantes and International Affairs. An historical interpretation of two episodes in the Novelas ejemplares.” In R. Clement, ed. Mediterranean Studies, XV (2006). 62-78.

Adrienne L. Martin. An Erotic Philology of Golden Age Spain. Forthcoming from Vanderbilt University Press (2007).

Michelle Tanenbaum, guest editor. “Don Quixote, East and West” issue of Review of Japanese Culture and Society 18. Along with translations of fictional works by Japanese and Korean writers and color images of a samurai Don Quixote, the volume contains essays by Rachel Schmidt, Jaime Fernández, Park Chul, Michelle Tanenbaum, and others. (Members interested in purchasing the volume may contact Dr. Tanenbaum at: citation@mac.com).

Eduardo Urbina and Jesús G. Maestro, eds. Anuario de Estudios Cervantinos 3: Cervantes entre dos siglos de Oro: de La Galatea al Persiles. Vigo: Editorial Academia del Hispanismo.

______________. “Parodias cervantinas: el Quijote en tres novelas de Paul Auster (La ciudad de cristal, El palacio de la luna y El libro de las ilusiones).” “Calamo corriente”: Homenaje a Juan Bautista de Avalle Arce. Ed. Miguel Zugasti. RILCE (Universidad de Navarra) 23,1 (2007 ): 245-256.

Fernando González Moreno, Eduardo Urbina, et al. “Hacia una historia del Don Quijote ilustrado.” XVI Congreso Nacional de Historia del Arte, La Muliculturalidad en las Artes y en la Arquitectura. Las Palmas: Gobierno de Canarias; Anroat Ediciones, 2006. 2: 565-73.

[Dr. Urbina has also been reappointed to the Cervantes Chair at the University of Castilla-La Mancha through 2008, allowing him to continue his work on the Cervantes Project, a Digital Humanities project housed at Texas A&M.]

Gustavo Illades and James Iffland, ed. El “Quijote” desde América. Puebla: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla/El Colegio de México, 2006. The book contains selected proceedings of the international symposium celebrated at the BUAP to commemorate the IV Centennial of the publication of the first part of Don Quijote, and contains articles by a number of CSA members. Those interested in purchasing the volume should contact Dr. Agustin Grajales Porras at agrajal@siu.buap.mx.

Other Publications about Cervantes

Juan José Pastor Comín. Cervantes: Música y poesía. El hecho musical en el pensamiento lírico cervantino. Vol. 3 of the series Biblioteca Miguel de Cervantes, ed. Eduardo Urbina and Jesús G. Maestro. Vigo: Editorial Academia del Hispanismo, 2007.

John J. Allen has 12 copies of 20 Documentos sobre Cervantes en el Archivo de Protocolos de Madrid, 2nd edition, revised and corrected (Madrid, 2005). He will provide a copy to anyone who sends postage ($2.00) to him at: 1153 Stirling Dr., Danville, KY 40422.

Dr. Karl-Ludwig Selig attended the presentation at the Harvard Club of Fighting Windmills. Encounters with Don Quixote by Manuel Durán and Fay R. Rogg (Yale UP, 2006).

Theresa Ann Sears


Ballot: Election for Regional Delegates to CSA Executive Council, 2007

Please vote only in the contest corresponding to your own geographical region. Ballots should be returned to Theresa Sears, Secretary/Treasurer, CSA, 6410 Muirfield Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410 (or by email to Jarifa@aol.com) no later than June 15, 2007.

1. Northeast (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

___________ William Childers (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

___________ Roberto González Echevarría (Yale University)

2. Southeast (Alabama, Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia)

___________ Ignacio López Alemany (Duke University)

___________ Willam Worden (University of Alabama)

3. Midwest (Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming)

___________ Charles Ganelin (Miami University-Ohio)

___________ Encarnación Juárez Almendros (University of Notre Dame)

4. Southwest (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah)

___________ Cory A. Reed (University of Texas-Austin)

___________ Christopher Wiemer (Oklahoma State University)

5. Pacific Coast (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington)

___________ Adrienne Martin (UC-Davis)

___________ Lisa Vollendorf ( CSU-Long Beach University)


Fred Jehle jehle@ipfw.edu Publications of the CSA HCervantes
URL: http://www.h-net.org/~cervantes/csa/nwslts07.htm