History/Historia in Cervantes (Seminar)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
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Northeast Modern Languages Association
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History/Historia in Cervantes (Seminar)

Chairs: Gladys Robalino (Messiah College), Robert Stone (US Naval Academy)

Four centuries after its completion, Don Quixote continues to fascinate as a meta-fictional puzzle, yet, as Mary Malcolm Gaylord observes, "Cervantes’s rehearsals of the rhetorical conventions and epistemological challenges of historiography and keen attention to his own historical present suggest that much is lost by reducing this fascination to burlesque or mimetic realism." This session will therefore engage Cervantes's works -- including the Novelas ejemplares and Persiles y Sigismunda -- in dialogue with Old and New World histories and accounts, as well as with the romances, epics and pseudo-histories that are more commonly cited as inspiration. By taking the novelist’s engagement with history seriously, we will reconsider the provenance of his “inventions,” his parodic and satiric agendas, and the relation between fiction-writing and the writing of history.

Presentations may be in either Spanish or English.

Note: this is a seminar, meaning papers will be circulated among panelists in advance and presented in an abbreviated fashion. See NeMLA website for more information and/or to submit an abstract.


Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016