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EL MENTIDERO DE COMEDIANTES La Farándula, a troupe of Spanish students at the University of Kentucky under the direction of Ms. Ann Griffith, performed two entremeses on six different occasions during the month of April 1978. La Farándula gave memorable performances for university and high school audiences and a special performance, on April 28, for participants in the University of Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. The two plays, Antonia y Perales by Luis Vêlez de Guevara and La cueva de Salamanca by Miguel de Cervantes, were staged and presented in conjunction with the observation of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Vêlez de Guevara. A Special Seminar on the Spanish Historical Drama was organized and chaired by José A. Madrigal of Auburn University as a session of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference on 6-7 October at Berea College, Kentucky. Moderator was Robert Fiore of Michigan State University . The following papers were presented: «History and theater: King Peter's Teatro del mundo» by William C. McCrary, University of Kentucky; «Structural and Thematic Unity in Lope's El Duque de Viseo» by Frances Exum, Winthrop College; «New Directions in Literary History: Calderón's El cisma de Inglaterra» by Susan Fischer, Bucknell University;«Lope de Vega's Portrayal of Michelangelo: An Artist Viewed in the Context of History» by Frederick de Armas, Louisiana State University; and «Death and Rebirth: National History in Lope's Rodrigo, $1 postrer godo» by Susan Niehoff, Transylvania College. This year's Chairman of MLA Division 71 is William M. Whitby of Purdue University, and the Secretary (Chairman in 1979) is Vern G. Williamsen ofthe University of Missouri at Columbia. The following papers will be presented at the Division meeting in New York City in December:«Los naipes en el teatro del XVII» by Louis C. Pérez, Pennsylvania State University; «The Tragic Idea of El caballero de Olmedo» by Thomas A. O'Connor, Texas A & M University; «Role Reversal in the Theatre of Vêlez de Guevara: La serrana de la vera» by Ruth Lundelius, University of Georgia; and «Don Juan's Invasion of Arcadia» by John G. Morton, Indiana University. For details about this year's banquet, please contact Professor Williamsen. 167 Nominees for membership on the Division 71 Executive Committee for 1979-83 are Frank P. Casa, University of Michigan, and Edward Friedman, Arizona State University. Professor Jack H. Parker, University of Toronto, continues as our representative to the Delegate Assembly. Articles scheduled for the spring 1979 issue include «A Critical Review of El médico de su honra as Tragedy» by Raymond R. MacCurdy; «Cristina de Suecia en dos obras de Calderón de la Barca» by Jack Weiner; «The Use of Pues in Moreto: A Stylostatistical Study» by John B. Wooldridge; «Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, Patron of Diego Sánchez de Badajoz's Recopilación en metro» by Ann E. Wiltrout; and «The Character of Tirso's Don Juan of El burlador de Sevilla: A Psychoanalytical Study» by Gerald E. Wade. Three Special Sessions treating aspects of Renaissance and Baroque Spanish drama have been announced for the December meeting of the MLA in New York. One is on «Special Problems of Interpretation of Calderón's autos sacramentales»; another deals with «The Dramatist and His World: Juan del Encina, Lucas Fernández, Gil Vicente, Bartolomé de Torres Naharro, and Diego Sánchez de Badajoz»; and the third is on «Lope de Vega's Early Theatre: Contemporary Critical Approaches to Plays Dated 1579-1598.» Please refer to the November Program issue of PMLA for additional information . 168 ...


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