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

Editors Note

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

Editors Note

Article excerpt

With the Fall 2017 issue of Cervantes we settle comfortably back into a routine more reminiscent of the years prior to the ratcheting up of the recent 400th anniversary commemorations that began in 2013.

We begin with a cluster of three Quixote-related articles. The first is an essay by Frederick de Armas, who argues that Amadis de Gaula functioned as an "intermediary" between Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, each of whom wrote a major work--Don Quixote and The Tempest, respectively--based on this important chivalric novel. De Armas's essay is followed by Mar Martinez Gongora's study of collective memory and historiography in the Magreb (by way of the "Captive's Tale") and how these discourses underline the cultural continuum that exists between the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. Charles Oriel concludes this first "Quixote" cluster with an analysis of various "speech acts" found in part one of Cervantes's masterpiece.

Following these three opening articles, we turn to two essays unrelated to Don Quixote. Alfredo Baras Escola offers an analysis of rhetorical "coincidences" between Cervantes's play El gallardo espanol and Lope de Vega's own Comedia famosa del gallardo catalan. For Baras Escola, Lope's clear influence on Cervantes's treatment of the play should not be seen as plagiarism, but rather as Cervantes's demonstration that he could improve on Lope's play using Lope's own rules of theater. Bradley J. Nelson, for his part, provocatively examines the issue of free will and indeterminacy in Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda through the theoretical framework of quantum mechanics. …

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