- From the Editor
I am delighted to report that the Council of Editors of Learned Journals has awarded La corónica with honorable mention for best journal design. Alan Rauch, CELJ's Vice President, presented the award to Managing Editor Isidro J. Rivera and Associate Editor Emily C. Francomano at the meeting of the Modern Language Association on January 8, 2011. Our stunning book cover and layout design are the creation of John Stevens (<http://www.johnstevensdesign.com>); Production Editor Cornelia W. Barr adapts the layout to the ever-changing needs of each issue, whether placing images in an article, organizing a critical cluster, or addressing the challenges of a necrology or special section.
While our print publication enjoys a wide readership thanks to our participation in ProjectMUSE, we are devising other means to engage the Hispanomedievalist community. Emily Francomano has created a blog on La corónica's Web site. You can access it by clicking on the "blog" tab on the upper right corner of the Web site, <http://college.holycross.edu/lacoronica/index.htm>, or by going directly to <http://www2.ku.edu/~lacoronica/cgi-bin/wordpress/>. As the entry page states:
La corónica offers this blog to members of the Hispanomedievalist community as a way of continuing discussions begun in professional meetings and engaging in additional discussions concerning current events relevant to our field. The blog was originally inspired by open letters by Hispanomedievalist colleagues addressed to the Medieval Academy of America, which we reproduce in our first post.
I encourage your participation and look forward to reading your postings. Along with the blog, we have added to the home page of the Web site a link to listings of book titles available for review. We invite qualified scholars to contribute to La corónica with this indispensable service to the profession.
In this issue, we are including an article by the late Alan Deyermond. David Hook, who had found the text among Deyermond's files, asked me if I wanted to publish it and I agreed enthusiastically. It is, as Hook explains in his brief introduction, a preliminary draft composed in 1990. [End Page 1] Beyond its commemorative value, the piece retains its freshness despite the passage of time. Cornelia Barr remarked that it was "a delight to read. [Deyermond's] widely appreciated consideration for others is evident in his respect for his readers (and editors), illustrated by his elegant prose and correct grammar and spelling". Even if the arguments were outdated, which I do not think they are, the article stands as a model for superb scholarship.
A new and exciting field of research has been emerging in the past few years, and no one has been more involved in bringing it to light than our own George Greenia. Pilgrimage Studies, which started with Hispanomedievalists' interest in the Camino de Santiago, is now an interdisciplinary field that encompasses subjects as diverse as geography, sociology, architecture and urban planning, and kinesiology, along with the expected history, art history, medieval studies, and English. In February Greenia, with the assistance of Emily Francomano and Michael Ferreira, organized a Pilgrimage Studies Workshop at Georgetown University. The workshop, which I attended, brought together a large group of North American scholars who are forging a curriculum for undergraduate and graduate pilgrimage studies. One tangible result is the launching of an international consortium of institutions whose students will be eligible to participate in summer research seminars to be hosted in Santiago de Compostela.
As I mentioned in the fall issue, it is time to pass the baton of Editor in Chief. Our desire is for La corónica to be housed in a significant research center that can build an on-site editorial team and use the journal to help train the new generation of Hispanomedievalists. With those hopes, I reiterate the following announcement.
Call for the Position of Editor in Chief
The editorship of this journal, published by the Division of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Modern Language Association of America, is shared on a rotating basis among researchers in our sector of the profession. The Executive Committee of the MLA Division...