Cervantes Society of America


January 2005

Once again, we extend our wishes for a productive and satisfying academic term, and our hope that the holiday season was everything that you wanted and needed it to be.

In Memoriam

Professor Geoffrey Leonard Stagg, the pre-eminent Cervantes scholar and long-time member of the Cervantes Society of America, died in Toronto on November 10, 2004 at the age of 91 after a long illness. The holder of a B.A. from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Romance Philology from Harvard, Professor Stagg's academic career was interrupted by the Second World War. His service in the British Intelligence Corps was described by Winston Churchill as “splendid,” according to the Toronto Globe and Mail, and he continued to serve after the war in the search for suspected war criminals. Although offered a high-ranking government post, Professor Stagg chose to return to academe at Nottingham University, first as Lecturer in the Department of Languages and later as the head of the newly-created Department of Spanish at the University of Nottingham. In 1956, he moved to Canada, where he became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto. After his retirement in 1977, Professor Stagg remained active in Cervantine scholarship until his death. [CSA thanks member Ellen Anderson for forwarding the Globe and Mail obituary.]


John Jay Allen has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlebury College in recognition of his contributions to Cervantine studies.

Cervantes at the MLA

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

The regular session, entitled “Cervantes and the Hapsburgs,” featured 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 “Hapshurgian 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 presided.

Elsewhere at the MLA, Horacio Chiong Rivero spoke on “Labyrinthine Narrative Fictions: Don Quixote's Madness in Sierra Morena.” The Division on Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Prose and Poetry also organized a session entitled “Circa 1605: Exploring the Cervantine Moment,” presided over by Ronald E. Surtz. The papers presented were: “Post-Convivencia: Morisco and Converso Identity circa 1605” (Deborah S. Skolnik); “Another Look at Marriage Choice in Cervantes and Post Tridentine Spain” (Nancy Cushing-Daniels); and “Cervantes and the Metaphor of Perspective in Early Modern Europe” (Christina H. Lee).

CSA at the MLA: Business Meeting and Annual Reports

Business Meeting

1. It was decided that it is the policy of the Society not to endorse any publication, whether it is an edition, critical study, or translation. The Society will continue to announce the publication of such works when so informed.

2. The nominating committee for the up-coming election of regional delegates will be Dian Fox, Sherry Velasco, and Valery Hegstrom.

3. Daniel Eisenberg's second three-year term as editor of Cervantes ends in 2006. The Society recognizes Dr. Eisenberg's excellent work as editor, but encourages those members interested in serving as editor to address their interest to President James Parr. A committee comprised of the President, Vice-President Frederick De Armas, and Secretary/Treasurer Theresa Sears will consider the candidates and make a decision regarding the editorship well in advance of the end of the current editor's term.

4. The topic for the general session sponsored by the Cervantes Society of America at the 2005 MLA Convention (Washington, D.C.) will be “Don Quijote-1605.” Abstracts or completed papers should be sent to Professor Frederick De Armas (Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago, 1050 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637; fdearmas@uchicago.edu) by March 1, 2005.

5. Cervantes XXIV, 1 has been published.

6. Based on previous experience, it was decided that it would not be practical at this time for the Society to compile an annual bibliography.

7. The Society accepted Cervantes editor Daniel Eisenberg's recommendation that the following reappointments be made: Fred Jehle as Managing Editor; Bill Clamurro as Book Review Editor; and Jaime Fernández, Edward Friedman, Franciso Rico, and George Shipley as Editorial Board members.

2004 Treasurer's Report  
Balance brought forward:








     2003 MLA keynote speaker: 


     2003 Executive Council breakfast:


     Graduate Student Subsidy for MLA:


     Plaque for Ed Friedman:

$ 68.04



     Cushing-Malloy for journal publishing and mailing:


     Newsletter copying:


     Journal editor (supplies, travel, typing, etc.)






Balance (as of 12/20/04):




Total CSA Assets:


Individual Members: 255*
Institutional Subscribers: 259**
(*7 members have taken advantage of the “lifetime membership” established at the 2003 Business Meeting.
**$2000 in back subscriptions recovered in 2004.)

“Cervantes” Editor's Report [summary]

1. Delays in the publication of issues XXIII, 2 and XXIV, 1 were due to a variety of factors including computer failures and specific complications of the mentioned issues (unusual length in the case of the first issue and numerous illustrations in that of the second, which is also longer than average). XXIV, 2 is expected to be delivered to the printer no later than January, 2005.

2. The topic for XXV, 1 will be translation.

3. Submissions for the period 12/1/03-11/30/04: articles accepted: 12 (including 2003 keynote address, one review turned into a review article, and 6 articles in clothing cluster for XXIV, 1). 4 of these articles went through the normal review process, and one which was returned for revisions in 2003 was resubmitted in 2004. Articles not accepted: 17, of which 4 were returned with suggestions for revision and re-submission. Articles currently under consideration: 3.

4. Possible items for future: Professor Stagg left 3 articles unfinished at his death which the editor will review for possible inclusion in future issues. The editor has also committed to publish papers to be presented at a celebration of the publication of the first part of Don Quijote organized by James Iffland and to be held at Boston University.

Cervantes on the Conference Circuit

Joseph V. Ricapito read a paper entitled “Cervantes in a Globalized View” at the 17th Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association in Hong Kong on August 9, 2004.

The 11th International Colloquium of the Association of Cervantistas was held in November, 2004 in Seoul, Korea. It was organized by Dr. Park Chul of Hankuk University, Seoul. The following members presented papers: Joseph V. Ricapito (LSU), “Un aspecto de la narrativa creadora de Cervantes en el Quijote”; Francisco Márquez Villanueva (Harvard), “Don Quijote: Cara y cruz de la andante caballería”; Christina Lee (San Jose St.), “El encantamiento de Don Quijote en Barcelona”; Gonzalo Díaz Migoyo (Northwestern), “La paradójica identidad del buen morisco Ricote”; Jordi Aladró (UC-Santa Cruz), “La muerte de Alonso Quijano, la última imitación de Don Quijote”; Ignacio Navarrete (UC-Berkeley), “Hagiografía, caballería y la verisimilitud.” The group's next meeting will be February, 2005, in Delhi, India.

“El Quijote desde América,” an international symposium in celebration of the quadricentennial of the publication of Part I, will take place February 16-18, 2005 at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y de Humanidades of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico. The colloquium is a cooperative effort supported by a number of North American and Mexican institutions, and will feature some 25 speakers from the US, Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina. The symposium is organized by James Iffland (Boston University) and Gustavo Illades (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa). For more information, see the website at www.guijotedesdeamerica.org or send email to quijotedesdeamerica@mail.buap.ex.

“One More Crossroads: Don Quijote at Four Hundred,” an international symposium in celebration of the quadricentennial of the publication Part I, will take place on April 14-16, 2005 at Boston University. Speakers will include Anthony Close, Aurora Egido, María Antonia Garcés, Mary Gaylord, James Iffland, Gustavo Illades, Carroll Johnson, Francisco Márquez Villanueva, José Manuel Martín Morán, Augustín Redondo, and Diana de Armas Wilson. Activities will include an exhibit of rare books and a concert of Spanish music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The organizers are James Iffland and Alan Smith (Boston University). For more information see the website at http://lang.bu.edu/events/bucs.

The deadline for the submission of proposals for the conference “Framing the Quijote” to be held at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, October 12-15, 2005 has been extended to March 1, 2005. Proposals should be sent to Alvin F. Sherman, Professor of Spanish, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602 (alvin_sherman@byu.edu). [This call for papers originally appeared in the January, 2004 newsletter.]


A number of works with connections to the 400th anniversary of the publication of Part I of the Quijote are being published by Edition Reichenberger (www.reichenberger.de). These include the first volume of Cervantes y su mundo (ed. Darío Fernández Morera, A. Robert Lauer, and Kurt Reichenberger; ISBN 3-935004-89-3) and Cervantes: El «Quijote» y sus mensajes destinados al lector (Kurt and Theo Reichenberger; ISBN 3-937734-05-8).

Cátedra has published Don Quijote en el arte y pensamiento de Occidente by John Jay Allen and Patricia S. Finch, and will publish a revised edition of Professor Allen's edition of Don Quijote, with text and notes revised based on Rico's edition and with new 19th-century illustrations by G. Roux. Allen and Finch have presented an updated version of their “arte y pensamiento” homage to Cervantes at the Hofstra symposium on Don Quijote this fall, and will repeat it at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in April, 2005.

Anales cervantinos is under the editorship of Luciano García following the death of the previous director, Alberto Sánchez. The journal is interested in works (articles, reviews, notes, etc.) from any perspective, which may be sent to Luciano García Lorenzo, Director, Anales cervantinos, Instituto de la Lengua Española, C.S.I.C., c/Duque de Medinaceli, 6, 28014 Madrid, España.

The text for “The History of the Valorous and Witty Knight-Errant Don Quixote of the Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes; translated by Thomas Shelton; the Second Part” is now available online at hhh.gavilan.edu/fmayrhofer/spanish/shelton/. The first part has been available online at www .bartleby.com/14/ since 2001.

Cervantine Sightings

Our tireless correspondent and missionary for the advancement of all things Cervantes, Karl-Ludwig Selig, reports the following:

On October 1, 2004, “Don Quixote, Eine Romantische Komödie, Ballett in zwei: Akten and fünf Bildern, Musik von Ludwig Minkus, Choreografie nach Alexander Gorsky” was presented at the Semperopera in Dresden.

Reviews of Francisco Goldman's The Divine Husband and an anthology of A. J. Liebling's work entitled Just Enough Liebling (September 26) in The New York Times Book Review make fairly extended references to Don Quijote.

“The Unpossessed,” a performance piece based on Don Quijote involving both live actors and puppets, was performed at La Mama Annex and reviewed in the NY Times on November 1.

On November 18, the NY Times published an article concerning the relative lack of interest in Cervantes and Don Quijote to be found among ordinary people in their native Spain.

Perhaps to counter the above, the Times announced on December 6 that Castilla-La Mancha will spend $66 million on cultural activities to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the first part of Don Quijote. There will be 2,005 activities or events, including nature trails through the towns mentioned in the novel.

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
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