College of Liberal Arts

Don Quijote and the Mediterranean World

Sunday Oct 18, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | CLA 1.302

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of Part Two of Don Quijote, The University of Texas at Austin announces a multi-day conference that crosses traditional fields of inquiry to examine the Quijote in the context of the Mediterranean world, from the author’s time to the present. Scholarly presentations analyze migration and cultural contact in the Mediterranean world; race, ethnicity and religious identity; the Mediterranean and Transatlantic slave trade; Spain and the Mediterranean as geographic and cultural borderlands; commercial and intellectual networks and exchanges; the Quijote and African, Arabic, and/or Sephardic Readers; and other cross-disciplinary investigations. This conference contextualizes Cervantes’s work within widening geopolitical and chronological parameters, to reconsider our knowledge of European modernity from the perspective of Cervantes’s masterpiece.

Keynote Speakers:

María Antonia Garcés.
Cornell University
Author of Cervantes in Algiers.
Ramón Mayrata.
Spanish poet, novelist, journalist
author of El imperio desierto.
María Antonia Garcés, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Cornell University, holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Renaissance Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. Professor Garcés specializes in Cervantes and early modern Spanish literatures and cultures and has a distinguished record of publications on Iberian and Latin American Colonial Studies. Her seminal book Cervantes in Algiers: A Captive’s Tale (2002) was awarded the James Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA). A revised and expanded Spanish edition of this groundbreaking book was published in 2005. Her collaboration with Professor Diana de Armas Wilson, under the auspices of a Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), produced An Early Modern Dialogue with Islam: Antonio de Sosa’s Topography of Algiers (1612), a critical edition and English translation of two volumes of Sosa’s five-volume work, composed during his captivity in Algiers alongside Cervantes in the 1570s. A second book in this collaborative project on Sosa is underway. In her many publications, Professor Garcés studies interdisciplinary frontiers—geopolitical, religious, and cultural—and how these negotiations impact diverse communities, from the encounters between Christians and Muslims in early modern Iberia to the documentation and preservation of traditional gastronomy in the Cauca Valley in Colombia.

Ramón Mayrata is a Spanish novelist, essayist, journalist, and poet who has worked in Spain, France, and North Africa. As an anthropologist in the Western Sahara during its process of decolonization, he witnessed the emergence of a unique culture of survival in a period of extreme political and social turmoil. These experiences informed the subject of his first novel, El imperio desierto (1992), which narrates the final moments of the Spanish colonial presence in the Western Sahara and the beginnings of a long and costly war. His book Alí Bey, el Abasí (1995) was inspired by the life of Domingo Badía, who adopted the persona of a Muslim traveler in order to visit Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey fifty years before British explorer Richard Burton. Mr. Mayrata has published a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including technical books on magic, histories of illusionism, and books on automata, avatars, and artificial intelligence. His active interest in magic and illusionism can be seen in his most recent books, Valle-Inclán y el insólito caso del hombre con rayos X en los ojos and El mago manco, both published in 2014. He has published several books about art, including Viajes por Egipto y Asia Menor (1996), and catalogs of contemporary painters and photographers. 





1:30-5:00 CLA 1.302F      Registration                                         


2:15-2:30 CLA 1.302E      Welcome                    

Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez, Interim Chair

Department of Spanish and Portuguese (University of Texas at Austin)


2:30-3:30 CLA 1.302E      Session 1                    

Mediterranean Contexts: Corsairs, Captives, and Bandits

Chair: Steven Hutchinson (University of Wisconsin, Madison)


On Barbarroja: Memorializing a Muslim Corsair

Diana de Armas Wilson (University of Denver)


Feminizing the Enemy: The Masculine Body in Antonio de Sosa 

Christina McCoy (Christopher Newport University)


3:30-3:45                        Break



3:45-5:15 CLA 1.302E    Session 2                    

Theatricality, Role-Playing, and Identity

Chair: Amy Borja (University of Dallas)


Boar Hunting and Self-Fashioning in Don Quijote II

Adrienne Martín (University of California, Davis)


"Cosquillas en el ánimo:" Cervantes and the Experience of Laughter

John Beusterien (Texas Tech University)


Bernardo del Carpio, Don Quijote, and La casa de los celos: Cervantes's Second Thoughts

Michael Armstrong-Roche (Wesleyan University)



3:45-5:15 CLA 1.302D     Session 3                                  

Cervantes, Subjectivity, and the Modern Individual

Chair: Ryan Schmitz (Texas Christian University)


Cervantes, Rationalism, and Modern Subjectivity

Bill Christensen (Southwestern University)


Self-Knowledge in a Radically Individualized World: From Petrarch to Cervantes’s Don Quijote

Rosilie Hernández (University of Illinois at Chicago)


Cervantes and the Aesthetic of Instrumentality: Technology and Agency in Don Quijote

Cory A. Reed (University of Texas at Austin)



5:15-6:00 CLA 1.302B      Reception                                            

6:00-7:00                          Keynote Address                             

                        Introduced by Cory A. Reed (University of Texas at Austin)


                        Entre la Cruz y la Media Luna: el Mediterráneo de Cervantes - María Antonia Garcés (Cornell                             University)


                        Sponsored by the Barron Ulmer Kidd Centennial Lectureship in the Liberal Arts




8:30            CLA 1.302F    Coffee                                                  

9:00-10:15 CLA 1.302E    Session 4                               

Imagining Mediterranean Spaces and Places

Chair: Christina McCoy (Christopher Newport University)


Cartografias imaginarias en Don Quijote: la Insula Barataria

Mercedes Alcalá-Galán (University of Wisconsin, Madison)


"Values" vs. Variatio: Lived Experience and Affective Economies of Cervantes's Mediterranean

Paul Michael Johnson (DePauw University)


Italy, A Moorish Land? Relocating Cervantes's Racial Frontier

Ana Laguna (Rutgers University, Camden)



9:00-10:15 CLA 1.302D  Session 5                                             

Cervantine Antecedents and Hybrid Identities

Chair: Cory A. Reed (University of Texas at Austin)


Departure from the Decameron: Don Quijote as Progressive Step in the Narrative Framing Tradition

Kelly Trese (Boston College)


Is Your Ass Salamancan? Cervantes's Reinvention of the Picaresque via Apuleius, Mendoza, and Euclid

Eric C. Graf (Universidad Francisco Marroquín)


El crimen organizado en el Quijote

Amy Borja (University of Dallas)



10:15-10:30                      Break



10:30-12:00 CLA 1.302E  Session 6                      

Mediterranean Echoes in Cervantes's Other Works

Chair: Diana de Armas Wilson (University of Denver)


"The Pleasure of the Siege" in Cervantes's Captive's Tale and La Numancia

Shifra Armon (University of Florida)


Cultural Conflict and Tolerance in the Mediterranean: La gran sultana

Tugba G. Sevin (Southwestern Oklahoma State University)


Cervantes's Ghosts of the Mediterranean in the Novelas ejemplares

William H. Clamurro (Emporia State University)



10:30-12:00 CLA 1.302D  Session 7                    

Questioning Religion in Cervantes's Mediterranean

Chair: Madeline Sutherland-Meier (University of Texas at Austin)


Chivalry is Dead: Pomponazzi's Cycle of Mortality in Don Quijote

Joseph Paola (University of Virginia)


Images on the Mediterranean Frontier in Cervantes's Don Quixote

Catherine Infante (Amherst College)


Redeeming Captivity: Critiques of Spanish Intolerance in "La historia del cautivo" and La española inglesa

Deborah Forteza (University of Notre Dame)



12:00-1:30                        Lunch Break            



1:30-3:15 CLA 1.302D      Session 8                                  

Embodied Identities in Don Quijote

Chair: Adrienne Martín (University of California, Davis)


Cleanliness and the Construction of Identity in Part II of Don Quijote

Ryan Schmitz (Texas Christian University)


Vagina dentata: Altisidora's Body and the Castration of Don Quixote

Carmen Granda (Amherst College)


Embodied Borders: Captives and Exiles in Don Quijote

Christine Garst-Santos (South Dakota State University)


What Maese Pedro's Muslim and Christian Puppets Can Teach Us About Sex

Sherry Velasco (University of Southern California)


1:30-3:15 CLA 1.302E     Session 9                                              

Problematizing the Morisco Expulsion

Chair: Michael Harney (University of Texas at Austin)


"Más de cristiano que de moro": The Morisco Ricote, Ana Félix, and the Debate over the 1609 Expulsion in Part Two of Don Quijote

Bradford G. Ellis (St. Norbert College)


The Plight of Cultural Absorption in Don Quijote de la Mancha II

Christina H. Lee (Princeton University)


In the Footsteps of Ricote: Suffering and Patience in El tratado de los dos caminos por un morisco refugiado en Túnez

Mariana Cruz-Fernández (University of Notre Dame)


Astrological Prophecies and the Mediterranean Conflict: Reading between the Political Lines in the Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda

Rachel Schmidt (University of Calgary)



3:15-3:30                           Break



3:30-5:00 CLA 1.302E       Session 10                                                        

Quixotic Visions in the Twentieth Century

Chair: John Beusterien (Texas Tech University)


From Enchanted Inn to Besieged Castle: Quixotic Influence in Pamuk's The White Castle

Jessica Boll (Carroll University)


El rol político de los "Dioramas del Quijote" de Carlos Vázquez Ubeda

Julio César Pérez Méndez (Texas Tech University)


Mikhail Bulgakov's Don Quixote: Applying a Spanish Veil to Address Stalinist Oppression

Scott Pollard (Christopher Newport University)



5:00-5:15                          Break



5:15-5:45 CLA 1.302E      Expanding Quixotic Frontiers 

                        Introduced by Cory A. Reed (University of Texas at Austin)


                        The Unfinished Quixotes of John Steinbeck and Walt Peragoy

                        Roy Williams





6:00-7:00 Fine Arts Library       Reception and Exhibit                    

7:00-8:00                                   Keynote Address

                        Introduced by Madeline Sutherland-Meier (University of Texas at Austin)


                        Cervantes y el Arte sin nombre                 

                        Ramón Mayrata


 Sponsored By:

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

College of Liberal Arts

Barron Ulmer Kidd Centennial Lectureship in the Liberal Arts

Center for European Studies

Institute for Historical Studies

Program in Comparative Literature

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

The University of Texas Libraries

Liberal Arts Instructional Technologies Services

Roy H. Williams




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