Newsletter

Cervantes Society of America
February 1998

Greetings from east central Kansas. There is much to report and announce, and so we will get right to it.
     The papers presented at the January 22-24, 1998, CSA meeting in Los Angeles (graciously hosted by Prof. Carroll Johnson and UCLA) were the following: Theresa Ann Sears gave the plenary address, “Sacrificial Lambs and Domestic Goddesses, or Did Cervantes Write ‘Chick Lit’?” The shorter papers were N. Spadaccini & D. Castillo, “El antiutopismo el los Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda. Cervantes y el cervantismo actual”; R. ter Horst, “Walter Scott and the Politicization of the Cervantine Fiction”; S. Wagschal, “Jewish Jealousy, Christian Love: The Religious Conversion of El celoso extremeño and the Dishonoring of the comedia de honor”; A. Molina, “Rhetoric of Captivity, Violence and Empire in Cervantes”; D. Apahidean, “Espacio geográfico y espacio textual en El amante liberal”; W. H. Clamurro, “Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares: Parables of Empire”; J. V. Ricapito, “After Post-Structuralism, Formalism: Narratological Aspects of Cervantes' Novelas ejemplares;” C. Oriel, “Speaking the Subject: How Don Quixote Does Things with Words”; L. F. Wilson, “The Illusion of Multiple Narrators in La ilustre fregona”; A. Burch, “Narrative Voices in Don Quijote: A Metacritique of Haley, El Saffar, and Allen”; J. A. Parr, “Afterthoughts, with Some Forebodings”; H. W. Sullivan, “Cervantes's Interest in Paranoid Psychosis”; I. Amat, “What's in a Nose? Don Quixote, Sansón Carrasco and Doubling”; P. del Carmen Tirado, “From Fun to Foul: Translations of the Scatological in the Quijote, I, 20”; E. Urbina, “Historias verdaderas y la verdad de la historia: Fernando Arrabal vs. Stephen Marlowe”; L. A. Murillo, “Cervantes and Slavery”; D. Eisenberg, “Was Cervantes a Homosexual?”; A. J. Cárdenas, “Sleight of Hand, Tongue or Pen: Dog Birth in Cervantes's Coloquio de los perros”; G. A. Shipley, “Airing Sancho's Feces”; H. Mancing, “Prototypes of Genre in Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares”; L. Avilés, “Enigma de un velo y metonimias discursivas en el episodio del cautivo”; R. Schmidt, “Perspective and Perspectivism in Dalí's Images of Don Quixote”; E. Rodríguez Cepeda, “Sobre el orden de la escritura en el primer Quijote (1605)”; J. Aladro, “Tirante el Blanco y Don Quijote: caballeros que duermen y mueren en sus camas”; and J. D. Fogelquist, “History, Historiography and Poetics in Don Quijote.”

Minutes of the Executive Council meeting, 22 January 1998
     Present were C.B. Johnson (Pres.), G. Shipley, E. Urbina, H. Mancing, M. McGaha, and W. Clamurro.
     The meeting was called to order by C.B. Johnson at 1pm. The minutes of the previous two meetings (Dec. '96) were read and approved, as corrected.
     The Treasurer's Report (attached at end of this Newsletter) was presented. The problem of how to handle cases of memberships several years in arrears was discussed, and it was decided to try one more time to notify those members substantially behind in dues payments and urge them to become current; notifications would go out with V18, no. 1 of the journal. Clamurro also announced the results of the elections for At-Large and Regional delegates to the Executive Council; those elected are as follows: At-Large delegates are R. Flores, E. Bergmann, H. Sieber, M. Gerli, and C. Connor. The five regional delegates are P. Kenworthy (NE), L.Gorfkle (SE), N. Davis (MW), J. Ricapito (SW), and G. Mariscal (PC).
     Prof. McGaha gave the Editor's Report (attached after these minutes). There was a discussion of the process for the selecting of future Editors of the journal. It was suggested that Prof. McGaha write a description of the editor's duties to be published in the next two newsletters, along with the announcement of the search for the new editor (reproduced below).
     The question of the Bibliography was brought up. E. Urbina informed us that the 1997 edition of the Cervantes bibliography came out under the support of, and published by, the Centro de Estudios Cervantinos (Alcalá) and not as a part of the CSA's projects (as in 1996). It was suggested that we consider collaborating or co-sponsoring with the CEC for the annual bibliography. With this in mind, we would then routinely have three numbers of each volume rather than two; consequently, and pending the formalizing of this collaboration, the council decided that yearly dues and subscription rates would be increased slightly in certain categories: institutional and library rates would go from $40 to $50; regular individual dues would rise from $20 to $25; student dues would remain unchanged ($10). Urbina mentioned some future bibliographical projects and grant applications relating to the “Cervantes Project” of Texas A & M Univ., including the electronic bibliography and a “virtual” or electronic edition of Don Quijote.
     The status of the new Cervantes web site was discussed (this project has been undertaken by Prof. G. Díaz Migoyo); but no one had yet had any direct experience with or observation of the web site.
     C. B. Johnson presented a suggestion (sent in by Prof. G. Stagg) for a life-membership policy; this would involve an initial payment of a large sum of money, which would then be put into an endowment, with the earned interest being used for the regular yearly expenses of the society. The suggestion was discussed, but we felt that administering this sort of endowment would be, at this time, impractical, and so we rejected the idea. However, it was suggested that we reduce the yearly dues for emeriti members (from $20 to $10) and that the Executive Council make awards of life-time memberships (with exemption from dues) to one or two senior and distinguished members each year. These two policies were moved, seconded, and approved by unanimous vote.
     The Council brought up the issue of the vacancy in the CSA Vice Presidency. It was suggested that the Council propose names of possible candidates, and then that these names be brought to the Open Meeting for approval and further nominations from the floor. The names suggested included E. Friedman, M. Gerli, J. Ricapito, H. Sieber, and D. Wilson.
     It was decided that the next Executive Council meeting would take place at the upcoming MLA Convention, December 1998 in San Francisco.
     The meeting was adjourned at 2pm.

Minutes of the Open Business meeting, 24 January 1998
     The meeting was called to order by Pres. Johnson at 4:25pm. The minutes of the previous meetings were presented, the announcements and reports from the Executive Council meeting were reiterated (see above).
     C. B. Johnson brought up the question of the journal editor, noting that M. McGaha's term ends with the end of 1999. The decisions of the executive council concerning procedures for finding the next editor were announced. The Secretary then announced the winners of the Executive Council delegate election.
     The problem of urgently needing a V.P. (given that the V.P. is charged with organizing the CSA's programs, panels at MLA, etc.) was presented. The names suggested by the Executive Council were announced and then the floor was opened for more nominations. J. Parr nominated H. Mancing; this was seconded and approved. L. Murillo nominated J. Parr; this was seconded and approved. With no further nominations, the nominations were closed. D. Eisenberg moved that there be a run-off election between the two top vote-getters if no one received 40% or more of the total vote; motion seconded by H. Sullivan, and approved unanimously.
     C. B. Johnson announced that, until the new V.P. was in place, he would collect all proposals, abstracts, etc., for the CSA panel to be held at the San Francisco MLA convention.
     Johnson brought up the question of the need to find a new Secretary-Treasurer (W. Clamurro has agreed to continue past the nominal end of his term, until a new person is found); it was decided that Clamurro would publish in the newsletter a description of the Secretary-Treasurer's duties. Nominations and expressions of interest should be forwarded to Prof. Johnson.
     The information and tentative decisions arrived at during the Executive Council meeting, concerning the future of the annual bibliography, collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Cervantinos, etc., were presented; also the suggestion that dues for emeriti be reduced, along with the proposal for one or two person designated (each year) as honorary life members was presented. The consensus of those present supported these as acceptable ideas.
     Johnson brought up the question of the relatively small number of submissions to the journal; the possible effects (both positive and negative) of the long-standing policy of blind submissions was discussed. Some have argued that this policy discourages senior scholars, especially those from abroad. The common “misperception” that submission is limited to CSA members (which is not the case; non-member may indeed submit articles) was discussed. M. McGaha gave a brief history of the blind submissions policy, adding that, in fact, other modes of attracting submissions are employed, e.g., special requests for articles from senior scholars, the publication of our own plenary papers, publication of selected conference proceedings, etc. Much discussion ensued; but the final consensus was that the blind submission policy was not a problem grave enough for us to make a change at this time.
     Johnson suggested that in addition to the annual issue in which the CSA's plenary address would be (obligatorily) published, in the other issue there be a requested article from a distinguished scholar. The consensus of those present was that this, too, is a good idea.
     D. Eisenberg brought up the idea of publishing the journal and the newsletter on the web site of H-CERVANTES; he proposed putting the contents of the journal on the web site. The sense of those present was that this was worth exploring. The themes for the CSA panel at the upcoming MLA meeting were discussed, and it was agreed that the topic would be the lesser studied of the Novelas ejemplares, and specifically Las dos doncellas and La señora Cornelia.
     The question of maintaining a CSA presence at the annual MLA Convention was brought up. Clamurro suggested that there be a CSA presence each year at the MLA but that the business meetings be at MLA only on alternate years, if there could be a January meeting of the CSA in the “off” year. Much discussion ensued. The consensus was that the Executive Council should entertain the idea of not having the Open Business meeting at the MLA (and instead having it every other year at the non-MLA site), but maintaining the CSA presence as (1) a panel and (2) a Cash Bar at all MLA meetings.
     The meeting was adjourned at 5:45pm.

Here follows Prof. McGaha's Editor's Report:

     Sixteen articles were submitted to Cervantes in 1997—four more than we received the previous year. On the advice of the Editorial Board, I rejected six of those articles; accepted nine; and recommended that three be significantly revised and resubmitted. I have recently received a revised version of one of those and am awaiting the reader's report on it. Additionally, we received a revised version of an article that had originally been submitted in May 1996; the new version has been accepted for publication. Hence, the total number of articles accepted in 1997 was ten. This is exactly on target. We usually publish about ten articles a year, one of which is the commissioned plenary address given at the CSA General Business meeting.
     The Spring 1997 issue was a special one containing selected papers from the International Colloquium on Perspectives on Cervantes Studies in Honor of José María Casasayas held in Argamasilla de Alba in November 1996, and was guest-edited by José Ramón Fernández de Cano y Martín. It contained eight articles and two notes. The Ayuntamiento of Argamasilla purchased 250 copies of the issue for distribution in Spain—125 regular copies, and another 125 with the poster announcing the colloquium on the cover. I have tentatively agreed to publish selected papers from the VIII Coloquio Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas, scheduled to take place in El Toboso on April 23-26, 1998.
     The Fall 1997 issue was a regular one containing four articles, four notes, and three items in the “Forum” section, two of which were an exchange between Pierre Ullman and R. M. Flores concerning one of the preliminary poems to the 1605 Don Quijote. In 1997 the Book Review section of the journal, under the able direction of Edward Friedman, published nine reviews. Both issues of the journal published in 1997 were considerably longer than usual; Volume 17 totaled 375 pages—120 pages more than the previous year (exclusive of the Bibliography), making it the longest volume in the journal's history.
     When I learned that Peter Dunn was planning to retire at the end of last year, I decided to make the Spring 1998 issue a Festschrift honoring him. I invited Prof. Mary Gaylord to serve as guest editor of the issue, since she was Peter's student and knows many of his other former students and colleagues. She enthusiastically accepted the invitation, and I sent her the specifications for the issue with a deadline of September 1, 1997, for receipt of the manuscript. In August she notified me that she would be unable to meet that deadline; some of the contributors had still not finished writing their articles, and Mary herself had been unable to work on the copy-editing because of illness in her family. She asked for an extension to October 1, which I was happy to grant. The last week in September, she informed me that she would be unable to meet that deadline. We then decided to postpone publication of the Festschrift till Fall 1998 and set a new deadline of March 1, 1998.
     I hastily put together a regular issue, using the materials I had on hand. The Spring 1998 issue will contain the address that Henry Sullivan gave at the 1996 CSA meeting, and articles by Rosalie Hernández Pecoraro, Barbara Simerka, Luis Avilés, Shifra Armon, and Diane Sieber; as well as a note by R. M. Flores and three book reviews. It will be 150 pages long. I expect it to be ready for distribution by mid-March.
     I have already received two articles since January 1, 1998, so the new year is off to a good start. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Editor of Cervantes during the past year, and I am very grateful to the members of the Editorial Board for their careful and conscientious work.

Respectfully submitted,
Michael McGaha

Since M. McGaha's term as Editor of Cervantes ends in December 1999, the Executive Council is soliciting applications from members interested in editing the journal beginning in January 2000. Candidates should be distinguished Cervantes scholars and should have significant editing experience. Prof. McGaha estimates that the job requires a commitment of about eight hours per week. It is expected that the editor's institution will provide sufficient released time so that all editorial work can be done in a timely and efficient manner. Additionally, the editor's institution is expected to cover all office expenses (telephone, postage, and secretarial assistance). Applications should therefore include a letter from the candidate's dean or department chair expressing the institution's commitment to provide such support.
     To give a sense of what is involved, Prof. McGaha provides the following job description, based on his own experiences and procedures:
1. Read every article submitted to Cervantes within twenty-four hours of its arrival. Correct errors in grammar, punctuation, style, and documentation in red ink. Select an Associate Editor to whom to send the article for evaluation. The Associate Editor should have expertise in the subject of the article, but her/his own work should not be cited or discussed in it. Forward the corrected copy to the Associate Editor and send the author a letter of acknowledgment.
2. Record in a logbook the author's name, title of article, and date received, together with the name of the Associate Editor to whom it was sent.
3. Retain the second copy of the article in a file marked “under consideration.”
4. When the Associate Editor's evaluation arrives, record her/his recommendation in the logbook, and mail a copy of her/his report to the author with a letter informing the author of the decision and the approximate date of publication. Associate Editors are expected to send their evaluations within six weeks of receiving an article; if they do not, the editor must remind them to do so.
5. When an article is recommended for publication, request that the author make any necessary corrections, and then submit a final version (both hard copy and diskette, indicating the program used). Also request an abstract of 100-150 words (if the article is in English, the abstract must be in Spanish, and vice-versa).
6. When the final version arrives, file it under “accepted for publication.”
7. Materials for the two annual issues are usually sent to the typesetters the first week in February (for the following fall issue) and the first week in August (for the following spring issue). As soon as all materials for an issue are on hand, the Editor asks the Book Review Editor to the reviews for the issue. Then the Editor decides the order in which the articles, notes, and reviews are to be published; checks the masthead to ensure that it is up to date; selects an illustration for the cover; and copy-edits the issue, inserting the proper divisions (articles, notes, forum, reviews) in the appropriate places, and making sure that the titles and authors' names appear where they should. Then type the Table of Contents exactly as it will appear in the published version and forward all these materials to the typesetters.
8. When the first proofs arrive from the typesetters, send each to its respective author for correction (using red ink and standard proofreaders' symbols. When the proofs are returned, make sure that all corrections have been made properly (corrections made in Spanish must be translated into English for the typesetters).
9. Return the corrected proofs to the typesetters. When the page proofs arrive, check all corrections carefully against those made in the proofs sent to the authors and return the manuscript to the typesetters, informing them of any corrections that still need to be made.
10. When the final proofs arrive from the typesetters, check them again, then sign the release form, and ask the typesetters to forward the camera-ready copy to the printers. Write a letter to the printers telling how many copies to print and giving a complete list of authors' names and addresses, so that they can be sent offprints. Ask the Secretary-Treasurer to prepare the mailing labels for the issue so that they can be sent to the printers by the time the issue is ready for distribution.
11. Forward all invoices for printing and typesetting promptly to the Secretary-Treasurer for payment.
12. When an issue is published, the extra copies are sent to the Editor, who then forwards twenty copies to the Secretary-Treasurer, who is responsible for replacing issues lost in the mail. From time to time, the Secretary-Treasurer will request additional copies of a back issue to fulfill orders.
13. The Editor maintains the back issues in good order. This requires availability of considerable storage space.
14. The Editor is also responsible for filling out and returning forms concerning the journal's statistics for directories of periodicals published by the MLA, RJ Booker, etc.
15. The Editor may on occasion arrange to publish selected papers from conferences or solicit articles from distinguished scholars.
16. The Editor is responsible for filling vacancies on the Editorial Board. It is important that the Editorial Board reflect a broad spectrum of critical views and be balanced in gender insofar as possible.
17. The Editor is expected to submit an annual report to the CSA Executive Council.

In order to allow time for an orderly transition, the CSA Executive Council would like to complete the selection process one year before the new editor is expected to take up his/her duties. Consequently, the deadline for applications has been set as 15 October 1998. Applications should be sent to:

Carroll B. Johnson, President
Cervantes Society of America
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532


With regard to the duties and qualifications for the position of Secretary-Treasurer, we provide the following: The S-T
1. is responsible for keeping all bank accounts and financial records of the CSA; she/he pays all bills incurred by the society (e.g. publication of the journal; MLA or other conference fees) and collects and records all dues and subscription payments;
2. handles all correspondence and financial transactions with individual members, institutions and libraries, and subscription services; she/he must send the required invoices and other notices to institutions and agents, as needed;
3. attends all CSA meetings and takes the minutes, to be published each year in the Newsletter; she/he also presents an annual financial report to the Executive Council and then publishes it in the Newsletter;
4. files the annual State of Maryland Income Tax return;
5. is in charge of all CSA elections (it has been decided that she/he will be the Chair of all future nominating committees);
6. prepares all mailing labels (for all members and all libraries) for the shipping of the journal;
7. composes, publishes, and mails the Newsletter three times a year;
8. fills all orders for back issues;
9. assists the Editor of Cervantes and the officers of the CSA in all areas relevant to finances, membership and subscription records, statistics of the society, and general correspondence.

Financial Report 1997

 
Balance Brought Forward $ 17,547.26
 
1997 Income
Subscriptions, offprints, back issues, etc. $19,325.84
Total Income $ 19,325.84
 
1996 Expenditures
Honorarium for H. W. Sullivan $ 500.00
Travel award for T. Rosenhagen 500.00
CELJ Dues 30.00
Storage of negatives (for the journal) 50.00
Typesetting Vol. XVII, no. 1 1,942.43
Typesetting Vol. XVII, no. 2 2,440.51
Typesetting Vol. XVIII, no. 1 (deposit) 700.00
Printing/Mailing Vol. XVII, no. 1 3,857.05
Printing/Mailing Vol. XVII, no. 2 2,715.12
Mail, Telephone, Office Supplies & Expenses 1,062.54
Toronto MLA Cash Bar (Dec. 1997) 276.00
Total Expenses $ 14,073.65
 
Balance (January 15, 1998) $22,799.45
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Members:   265
Libraries:   199

AN UNABRIDGED, PEDAGOGICAL EDITION OF DON QUIJOTE

     Salvador Fajardo and James A. Parr wish to announce that their unabridged, pedagogical edition of Don Quijote—entirely in Spanish, classroom-tested, and vetted—will be available for fall 1998 from Pegasus Press, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC 28804. Reviewers of the edition have been enthusiastic in their praise: 1) “Superb!”; 2) “Right notes in the right places”; 3) “Nothing like it presently available.”
     Chapters include an average of 60-70 footnotes that serve to clarify socio-historical, literary, mythological, and biblical allusions. Lexical clarifications offer one, two, or three equivalents; for instance, in I, 21, note 60 reads “malenconía: melancolía”; note 102 reads “aquí entra: aquí cabe, aquí encaja,” and note 52 offers “pergenio: traza, disposición, apariencia.” The pedagogical premise of notes 102 and 52 is that the student should recognize one of the equivalents, while the other(s) serve to build vocabulary. It is our assumption that there is no need for English and, moreover, that code-switching is pedagogically unsound.
     Classroom experience, using the photocopied typescript of Part I, has demonstrated that students respond with enthusiasm to a critical apparatus in comprehensible Spanish—and learn from it. Field testing has been done by the editors themselves and also by Mirta González at Cal State San Bernardino, Anita Stoll at Cleveland State, and Manuel Delgado at Bucknell.
     An advantage of the edition is that it is prepared by representatives of two linguistic communities, each of whom is sensitive—from many years of experience—to the problems that both English and Spanish speakers have with Cervantes's text. Each editor has gone carefully over the other's work, their combined effort has been scrutinized by the general editor of the Pegasus Press series of Spanish Classical Texts, Thomas A. O'Connor of Binghamton University, and subsequently vetted by anonymous readers contracted by the Press. This extensive and extended process—more than four years in total—offers reasonable assurance of consistency and reliability. We largely follow John J. Allen's Cátedra text, with his kind permission.
     An innovation is that each Part contains a critical commentary—at the end, following the complete text, where it has a better chance of being understood and appreciated. Each is preceded by a brief orientation. The preface to Part I, for instance, is titled “Guía del lector neófito.” There is a succinct grammatical overview, and a glossary. There is no erudition inappropriate to the intended audience, and no disparaging of previous editors. Interpretation is eschewed as a general rule—with the obvious exception of the studies at the end of each Part (Fajardo, Part I; Parr, Part II).
     The price will be modest. For further information, contact Pegasus Press at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC 28804. Phone: (704) 232-5143. Fax: (704) 232-5146. Email: pegpress@interpath.com.



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