Academic journal article Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

As we near the end of 2015, and thus the culmination of the worldwide commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of part two of Don Quixote, a few comments regarding the general theme of this year's issues of Cervantes are in order. Readers may have noticed that the journal did not draw any specific attention to the 1615 second part during this commemoration year. There are two primary reasons for this. First, and foremost, given the prominence of Don Quixote within the field of Cervantes studies, there has rarely been an issue of this journal that was not devoted primarily to Cervantes's two-part masterpiece, and so a special focus on part two did not seem especially urgent, despite the anniversary year. Second, and again given the general prominence of Don Quixote in the field, we did not wish to delay the publication (by at least a year, if not more) of those articles submitted to the journal by scholars working on Cervantes's other works. Still, I do hope readers will nevertheless have noted at least one common thread running through this year's issues: namely, the great impact of Don Quixote on the rest of the world since its initial publication some four centuries ago.

This Fall issue begins with an article by Kevin Larsen, whose essay, rather than examining Don Quixote's influence across time and space, explores instead the profound mythopoetic debt that Cervantes's masterpiece owes to the sacred scriptures of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Through an examination of the archetypal figures of the "strange woman" and the "virtuous woman" in the Bible and the Qur'an, Larsen argues that the character of Zoraida in the "Captive's Tale" is part of a long line of "strange women" that connects ancient figures like Tamar and Rahab and Zulayja to such contemporary figures as activist and novelist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Sadly, shortly after Larsen's manuscript was formally accepted for publication, he passed away unexpectedly in August 2014. …

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