Newsletter

Cervantes Society of America
February 1996

Once again, we just a bit late with the Winter Newsletter. Nonetheless we trust that all of you had a good holiday season and that those who went to the MLA Convention had a stimulating time. Given the Society's new policy of meeting in concurrence with the MLA only in alternate years, we had no official presence at the recent Chicago gathering.

Which brings us to the topic of the program for the Society's meetings and activities to take place this April 18-20 at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. You will probably have already received the program information in a separate mailing from Kentucky; but for your information, we would like to reiterate the scheduled presentations of being organized by the CSA.
Thursday, 18 April; 2:30-4:30 - Cervantes Society of America I: Open Topic
Organized by Carroll Johnson, UCLA, and Jay Allen, UK
Chaired by Particia Finch, Centre College
      2:30       “Lucinda y Cardenio: La autenticidad psíquica dentro de la inverosimilitud histórica.” Helena Percas de Ponseti, Grinnell College.
3:00 “Cervantes' Separation Agreement.” Daniel Eisenberg, Florida State Univ.
3:30 Coffee Break
4:00 “El abuelo de Cervantes, el licenciado Juan de Cervantes.” Krzysztof Sliwa, Florida State Univ.

Friday, 19 April; 2:30-5:00 - CSA II: Open Topic
Organized by Carroll Johnson, UCLA
Chaired by Carroll Johnson
      2:30       “Escritura desatada: la última parte del Persiles.” Mercedes Alcalá Galán, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison.
3:00 “La aventura más literaria de don Quijote.” Gonzalo Díaz Migoyo, Northwestern Univ.
3:30 Coffee Break
4:00 “Re-encountering Old Friends in Contemporary Garb.” Robert Flores, Univ. of British Columbia.
4:30 “The Mysterious Missing Chapter Title in Don Quijote (I, 43).” Thomas Lathrop, Univ. of Delaware.

Saturday, 20 April; 9:30-12:00 - CSA III: Ingeniosa invención: Selected Papers in Honor of Geoffrey Stagg
Organized by Ellen Anderson, York Univ., and Amy Williamsen, Univ. of Arizona
Chaired by Ellen Anderson
      9:30       “Don Quixote: On the Preeminence of the Formal.” James A. Parr, Univ. of California, Riverside.
10:00 “Embedded Narration in Guzmán de Alfarache.” Howard Mancing, Purdue Univ.
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 “Poor Poetry: Sidney, Cervantes, and the Prestige of Epic.” Diana de Armas Wilson, Univ. of Denver.
11:30 “From AABC to WWW: The Anuario Bibliográfico Cervantino.” Eduardo Urbina, Texas A & M Univ.

Saturday, Cervantes Society of America IV: Open Business Meeting
Organized by Carroll Johnson, UCLA
Chaired by Jay Allen
      2:00       The Business Meeting of the Cervantes Society will be followed by the plenary address: “Rewriting Myth and History: Discourses of Race, Marginality and Resistance in the Captive's Tale,” delivered by Michael Gerli, Georgetown Univ.

Special Events

Friday Afternoon: The CSA Cash Bar, the Club Room, UK Faculty Club, 5:30-7:00pm
Saturday: The Executive Council of the Cervantes Society will meet for lunch in the President's Dining Room at the UK Faculty Club at 12:00
The Cervantes Society Banquet will be held at Spindletop Hall on Saturday at 6:30pm

Also of Interest
Friday: Golden Age Comedia
Organized by Jay Allen
Chaired by Norris MacKinnon, Eastern Kentucky Univ.
      9:00       “‘Poner una pica en Flandes’: del teatro de guerra a las tablas del teatro.” Santiago García-Castañón, Univ. of Georgia
9:30 “The Political and Philosophical Unconscious in Fuenteovejuna.” Robert Fiore, Michigan State Univ.
10:00 Comedia Stages and Staging: The Question of Doors.” Patricia Kenworthy, Vassar College.
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 “Hacia una semántica de la `comedia de santos' en el siglo XVII.” Jesús García Varela, Univ. of Louisville.
11:30 “Historia, ortodoxia y praxis teatral: el homoerotismo femenino en La serrana de la vera.” Dámaris M. Otero-Torres.

All those who have not received the information and registration materials directly from Prof. Allen and the University of Kentucky and who are interested in attending the conference should contact

KFLC-Office of Conferences and Institutes
University of Kentucky
218-A Peterson Service Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0005

Phone: (606) 257-3929; FAX: (606) 323-1053
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Our members are reminded that, in order to maintain our biennial schedule of participation at the MLA convention, the next set of CSA meetings will in fact take place at this year's convention (27-30 December 1996) in Washington DC. Prof. Carroll Johnson, who is organizing the sessions, has sent the following call for papers to the MLA:

Cervantes Society of America
Identity and Otherness in Cervantes. Abstracts by 1 March 1996 to Prof. Carroll B. Johnson, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 90095-1532 (e-mail: johnson@humnet.ucla.edu )

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After the CSA meeting in Kentucky, the next important Cervantine gathering in the USA will be the symposium to take place at UCLA, 23-25 May 1996. Entitled “Colloquies in Conflict: Cervantes and his Postmodern Constituencies,” the symposium is being organized and co-chaired by Profs. Anne J. Cruz (U. of IL, Chicago) and Carroll B. Johnson (UCLA). Among the leading European cervantistas who have confirmed their participation in the conference are Vsevolod Bagno, Anthony J. Close, Claudio Guillén, Pablo Jauralde Pou, Michel Moner, and Antonio Rey Hazas. Speakers from the US include John J. Allen, Juan Bautista Avalle-Arce, Anthony J. Cascardi, Frederick de Armas, Daniel Eisenberg, Mary Gaylord, Steven Hutchinson, James Iffland, George Mariscal, Adrienne Martín, and Diana de Armas Wilson.

For information on the conference, please contact Ms. Susanne Kahle, Assistant Director, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Box 951485, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1485.

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From our colleague Prof. Eduardo Urbina (Texas A & M) we have received and herewith transmit the following announcement concerning the Anuario Bibliográfico Cervantino:

Gracias a todos los que han mandado ya noticia de sus publicaciones, separatas, copias de sus c.v., y noticia de actividades cervantinas para su inclusión en el Anuario Bibliográfico Cervantino. Todavía hay tiempo de contribuir y de mandar entradas; espero que la bibliografía salga en el otoño a más tardar. Hay además una versión electrónica en curso que se irá actualizando continuamente. Lo más rápido y mejor es mandarlo por vía electrónica (e-urbina@tamu.edu) o FAX: 409-693-6056 o 409-845-6421. La dirección del “WEB” es: WWW.CSDL.TAMU.EDU/CERVANTES. Lo más necesitado y urgente es lo publicado en colecciones o misceláneas, estudios no claramente relacionados con Cervantes y reseñas de libros sobre Cervantes, sus obras y su tiempo. También necesito colaboradores en el UK, Canadá, Colombia y América Central. Para más detalles o preguntas, escribir a Eduardo Urbina (e-urbina@tamu.edu) o llamar al 409-693-6056. Dept. of Modern & Classical Languages, Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX 77845.

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From our colleague Prof. Daniel Eisenberg (Florida State Univ.) we received the following:

The Coloquio Internacional “Perspectivas en los Estudios Cervantinos” was held in Argamasilla de Alba, November 9-12, 1995. The site of the meeting was the newly restored Casa de Medrano, in whose “cueva” or cellar, so local legend has it, Cervantes was imprisoned and wrote Don Quixote. The Coloquio was also a Homenaje a José María Casasayas. Featured speakers were Jean Canavaggio (“Nueva aproximación al proceso Ezpeleta”), Alberto Sánchez (“Revisión del cautiverio cervantino de Argel”), and Edward Riley (“Tradición e innovación en la novelística cervantina”). A selection of the papers will be published in the journal Cervantes.

CSA members reading papers included Juan Bautista Avalle-Arce (“El narrador indiferente”), Carroll B. Johnson (“Aristócratas y gitanos: esterilidad y fecundidad económicas en ‘La gitanilla’”), Krzysztof Sliwa (“Perspectivas en los documentos cervantinos”), Isaías Lerner (“Don Lorenzo de Miranda, poeta”), José López Pacheco (“Los cuentos del Quijote”), Robert Hathaway (“‘A quien se humilla . . .’ La homilía del Quijote?”), Eduardo Urbina (“El Anuario Bibliográfico Cervantino”), and Steven Hutchinson and Mercedes Alcalá Galán (“Hacia un nuevo concepto de la retórica”).

In a burlesque “Juicio crítico” of the “Académicos de la Argamasilla,” Daniel Eisenberg defended the thesis “Que nos falta una edición crítica del Quijote.” He was attacked by the fiscal José Antonio Fernández de Cano y Martín, and defended by José María Casasayas, whose defense was read for him by Carlos Romero. José Antonio Cerezo appeared as witness for the prosecution. Eisenberg was found guilty by the Tribunal and sentenced to imprisonment in the cave of the Casa de Medrano, without computer, until he prepares the critical edition he says the world needs. Eisenberg's speech, with accompanying documentation, in is press in the Mexican Homenaje a José Amezcua.

Three Cervantine publications were presented at the meeting. The first was an edition by José María Casasayas of the burlesque sonnets that conclude Don Quijote Part I, printed in the Cueva de Medrano, just as Hartzenbusch's edition of Don Quijote was printed in the last century. Copies of this may be had, while supplies last, by request of the Centro Cultrual Casa de Medrano, 13710 Argamasilla. Secondly, Casasayas presented his Ensayo de una guía de bibliografía cervantina, Tomo V: Ediciones castellanas del Quijote hasta el tricentenario (1605-1915), printed at his own expense. Bibliographers should note that while this volume states that it is volume 5 of an eight-volume Cervantine bibliography, none of the other volumes has been published, nor are they in preparation. Those wishing a copy should request one directly from the author at Apartado 1181, 07080 Palma de Mallorca. Finally, Víctor Infantes, of the Universidad Complutense, “presented” Eisenberg's La interpretación cervantina del Quijote, published by Compañía Literaria of Madrid. It . . .

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Our colleague Prof. Robert Hathaway (Colgate Univ.) informs us that his book Not Necessarily Cervantes. Readings of the Quixote has recently been published by Juan de la Cuesta (ISBN 0-936388-70-6); it contains eight essays covering amongst other topics, Dorotea, Leandra, and Claudia Jerónima. Prof. Hathaway's lecture “‘Whosoever Humbleth Himself . . .’: The Homily of the Quixote?” was given in the Distinguished Scholars series at the University of Delaware on 10 October 1995. (The same topic, in a brief Spanish-language version, was read at the Asociación de Cervantistas meeting in Argamasilla de Alba on 12 November—as noted above in Prof Eisenberg's announcement.)

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Finally, in our function as Treasurer of the CSA, we would like to thank all of you who have, since the last Newsletter, brought your dues standing up to date—and in several cases, have paid for years well into the future! A truly laudable, possibly Quixotically optimistic, but certainly a most Ejemplar gesture. And great news for the Treasury.

We remind you all that the number to the right of your name on the mailing label (e.g., '94 or '95, etc.) indicates the calendar year to the end of which your dues and subscription is paid in full. The dues rates are, once again, $20 per year for regular membership ($30 per year for joint or couples memberships) and $10 for students. You should, at this point, see a '96 to the right of your name.

As always, if you feel that our records are in error, or if you need to make a change of address, etc., please feel free to call or write us (phone: 614-587-6228; FAX: 614-587-6417; e-mail: clamurro@cc.denison.edu)

Warmest best wishes for the balance of the Spring Semester. We look forward to seeing many of you in Lexington, Kentucky, in April.

Cervantes Society of America
c/o William H. Clamurro
Department of Modern Languages
Denison University
Box M
Granville, OH 43023


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