Event—Center for Renaissance Studies

19th Newberry Cervantes Symposium


The 19th Newberry Cervantes Symposium provides a forum for scholars throughout the United States to share and discuss emerging research in the field of Cervantes studies. The 19th edition of the event will include a keynote lecture and ten scholarly talks in English, and three scholarly talks in Spanish. The talks incorporate innovative approaches to Cervantes’s works and cover a wide thematic scope, such as the literary forms and genres, the formation of conceptual frameworks and knowledge, the social formation and the human difference, the heuristic value of literature, media performance, and visual culture.

Organized by Carmen Hsu (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) and Carmela Mattza (Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge)

This event is co-organized and co-sponsored by the Cervantes Society of America and the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, April 29, Newberry Library

9-9:15 am Reception

9:20-9:30 am Inauguration and Presentation of the Symposium

Laura McEnaney (Newberry Library)

9:30-10:50 am Session 1 – Poetics, Friendship, and Fortune

Moderator: Chad M. Gasta (Iowa State University)

Michael Armstrong-Roche (Wesleyan University): “The Argument(s) of Comedy: Twists and Turns of the Marriage Plot in the 1615 Collection”

Marsha Collins (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill): "Friends Have all Things in Common? The Case of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza"

Rachel Schmidt (University of Calgary): “Is Fortune a Blind, Capricious Force or an Instrument of Divine (or Authorial) Will in Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda?”

10:50-11 am Break

11 am-12:20 pm Session 2 – Phantasms, Memory, and Folly

Moderator: Glen Carman (DePaul University)

Marina S. Brownlee (Princeton University): “Elusive Boundaries: Imagination and Reality in Some Cervantine Examples”

Julia Domínguez (Iowa State University): “Writing to Rescue from Oblivion: The Phantasms of Captivity in Cervantes’ Theater”

Carmen Hsu (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill): “Cervantes’s Rhetorical Device of Criticizing with Folly in El laberinto de amor

12:20-3 pm Lunch Break

3-4:50 pm Session 3 – Infinite Cervantine Loop, Race, Counterfactual, and Humor

Moderator: Keith Budner (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Steven Wagschal (Indiana University-Bloomington): “What Might Have Happened? Cervantes’ Use of Counterfactuals in Don Quixote

Steven Hutchinson (University of Wisconsin-Madison): “Dark Humor and Social Taboo in the Interludes”

John Beusterien (Texas Tech University): “‘The Gawkers’ on Stage? Laughing at 400-Year-Old Jokes and the Question of Race”

Bruce R. Burningham (Illinois State University): “Don Quixote as Möbius Strip: Terry Gilliam, Salman Rushdie, and the Infinite Loop of Cervantine Variation”

Saturday, April 30, Instituto Cervantes in Chicago

9-10:20 am Session 4 – Género, Escritura e Imaginación Pictórica

Moderator: Rosilie Hernandez-Pecoraro (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Isabel Lozano-Renieblas (Dartmouth College): “Rusticalia en Cervantes”

Mercedes Alcalá (University of Wisconsin-Madison): “El retablo de las maravillas y la imaginación pictórica”

Carmela Mattza (Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge): “Don Quijote: Imagen y Mito de las modernidades americanas”

10:20-10:30 am Break

10:30 am-11:30 am The Nancy F. Marino Keynote Lecture

Frederick A. de Armas (University of Chicago): “Cervantes' Architectures: The Dangers Outside”

Presenters: Carmen Hsu and Carmela Mattza

11:30 am Closing Remarks

Anastasio Sánchez Zamorano (Director, Instituto Cervantes-Chicago)