Cervantes Society of America


January 2006

CSA wishes all of its members the happiest and most productive New Year. May we attain the peace and security that has eluded us during the violent and storm-wracked past year.

CSA at the MLA

The annual meeting of the Society was held on December 28, 2005 at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The keynote address, “Don Quijote in Western Art and Thought,” was presented by John J. Allen (University of Kentucky) and Patricia S. Finch (Centre College). James A. Parr (U. of California, Riverside), President of the CSA, presided.

Treasurer's Report 2005

Balance brought forward:            
Checking: $16,893.28 Savings: $15,930.25
Checking: $12,046.85 Savings: $72.54
(includes $287.85 in Gale Group royalties)
2004 Keynote speaker:


Cushing-Malloy for printing and
mailing XXIV, 1& 2:


Sec./Treas. Supplies:


Newsletter copying:


Editor supplies/postage/
computer expenses:


Editor travel:


UNCG postage account:




Balance (as of 12/19/05):
Checking: $17,189.52 Savings: $16,002.79
Total CSA Assets: $33,192.31
Individual: 248* Institutions: 249**
(*2 new lifetime members) (**$1320.00 in overdue subscriptions recovered)

Cervantes Editor's Report (summary)

There was a dramatic increase in the number of submissions to Cervantes due to the high profile provided by the 400th anniversary of the publication of the 1605 Don Quixote. According to Managing Editor Fred Jehle, 38 articles (including one review article and one invited lecture) were submitted. 13 are under consideration, 21 were rejected (many were by non-specialists and unsuitable for the journal), 1 was withdrawn, and 3 were accepted.

The Fall, 2004 issue contained 319 pages (as many or more than any two issues through 1998), a remembrance of José María Casasayas, and the first full color cover. The Spring, 2005 issue currently in preparation will have a cluster of articles on translations of Don Quixote.

CSA at the MLA 2006

The topic for the regular session sponsored by the Society at the MLA in 2006 will be “Cervantine Architectures.” Proposals should be sent to Frederick A. de Armas at the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago, 1050 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637 by March 1, 2006.

Cervantes at the MLA

Frederick A. de Armas presided over the annual session sponsored by CSA, “Don Quijote (1605): Myth and History,” on December 30. The following papers were presented: “The Reawakening of the Goddess in Don Quijote Part I,” Timothy J. Ambrose (Indiana U., Southeast); “San Juan de la Cruz, El Greco, and the Matter of Race in Don Quijote,” Eric Clifford Graf (U. of Illinois, Urbana); and “Don Quijote I and History,” Barbara Fuchs (U. of Pennsylvania).

Elsewhere at the MLA, Cervantes was also under discussion. Jo Labanyi (U. of Southampton) presided over “Don Quixote and the Romance-Speaking World: Four Hundred Years.” The papers presented included: “Cervantes and the Lessons of ‘Minor’ Works: Menina e Moca and Clareo y Florisea in Don Quijote,” Karina Galperin (U. Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires); “Translating the Narrative Text into Sound and Spectacle: Don Quijote according to Massenet, Strauss, and Falla,” Mary Malcolm Gaylord (Harvard U.) and Julia Randel (Hope College); and “Zoraida's Return: Algerian Views of Cervantes's Captivity,” William Childers (Brooklyn College). The session entitled “Novelty and the Nation” featured the paper “Staging Cervantes in Richelieu's France: Georges de Scudéry's L'amant libéral” by Ellen Welch (U. of Pennsylvania). Another session was dedicated to the topic “Cervantes in American Literature,” in which the following studies were read: “Textual Attitudes: Melville and the Example of Cervantes,” Bryan T. Scoular (NYU); “Quixotic History: Don Quixote and Diedrich Knickerbocker,” Jeffrey M. Scraba (Rutgers U.); “Mirror Images: Mark Twain's Inversion and Fragmentation of Don Quixote in The Prince and the Pauper,” Susan C. Giráldez (U. of the Pacific); and “Kathy Acker's Critique of American Identity in Don Quixote: Which Was a Dream,” Julia C. Paulk (Marquette U.). Finally, Ignacio E. Navarrete (U. of California, Berkeley) presided over “Cervantes: The Quijote and Beyond,” during which the following papers were read: “Dissing the Duchess: Don Quixote and the Crisis of the Aristocracy,” Anne J. Cruz (U. of Miami); and “The View from Above: Teichoskopia in Don Quijote I,” Frederick A. de Armas (U. of Chicago), as well as one presentation not listed in the program.

Publications by Members

Joan F. Cammarata has published “Descifrando los códigos de clase, cultura y poder en el mundo de Cervantes” in Cervantes y su mundo, ed. Kurt Reichenberger and Darío Fernández Morera (Kassel: Edition Reichenberger, 2005.2): 83-100.

Other Publications of Interest

Karl Ludwig-Selig informs us of the following:

Eberhardt Straub, “On the reception of Don Quijote in Germany and German Literature.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Feuilleton (Nov. 5, 2005).

Jesús Cantera Ortiz de Urbina, Julia Sevilla Muñoz and Manuel Sevilla Muñoz, Refranes, otras paremias y fraseologismos en Don Quijote de la Mancha ( Burlington, VT: Ed. Wolfgang Mieden, 2005.

Cervantine Sightings

Also courtesy of Professor Selig:

An article on Don Quixote in Spain appeared in the August 28 edition of the Dallas Morning News.

Professor Selig himself chastised members of the Columbia College faculty in a letter to the editor in the September “Columbia College Today” for not including Don Quixote in their summer reading plans.

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/nwsltw06.htm