- Editor’s Note
While the well-known image by Gustave Doré on the cover of the Fall 2016 issue of Cervantes depicts Don Quixote’s recovery following his unhappy encounter with the cats in part two, chapter forty-six, and is decidedly not a representation of the mad knight’s deathbed scene in the final chapter of part two, it does nevertheless, in retrospect, evoke Alonso Quijano’s final hours. I have deliberately chosen Doré’s image for the cover of this issue as a stand-in for Cervantes’s own deathbed scene, for which we have no corresponding depiction, much less something as tactile as, say, a death mask or even an original gravestone. Indeed, as the recent world-wide publicity over the search for Cervantes’s remains in the crypt beneath the Convent of the Discalced Trinitarians has made clear, Cervantes’s death in April 1616 generated very few enduring artifacts that commemorated the event. We thus begin this Fall 2016 issue with an article by José Manuel Lucía Megías, who discusses the current body of knowledge regarding the ongoing search for documents related to Cervantes’s life and death.
This lead article on “los documentos cervantinos” is followed by a cluster of three articles on Don Quixote. Lizandro Arbolay Alfonso examines the state of reception studies, particularly through the lens of Hans Robert Jauss, as applied to Cervantes’s masterwork. Carl Atlee takes a new look the relationship between two retablos in Don Quixote (particularly, the “retablo de Maese Pedro”) and the Retablo de las maravillas. And Magdalena Altamirano explores the influence of the Romancero, with specific attention on the corpus of Cid ballads, on the narrative structure of Don Quixote.
Following this cluster on Don Quixote, we include a cluster of articles that examine one or another of the Novelas ejemplares. A. Robert Lauer explores the connection between Cervantes’s “Coloquio de los [End Page 7] perros” and Ginés Carrillo Cerón’s 1635 continuation of the narrative, Emily Colbert Cairns examines crypto-Catholicism in “La española inglesa,” and Katherine L. Brown explores the importance of card games for “La ilustre fregona.”
We cap the Fall 2016 issue’s articles with an essay by Ana Aparecida Teixeira de Souza on the role of simulation and disimulation in El laberinto de amor.
This final article is followed by our usual cluster book reviews: one by Rachel Schmidt on The Eduardo Urbina Cervantes Collection in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University Libraries (edited by Eduardo Urbina and Fernando González Moreno); one by Antón García-Fernández on Heinz-Peter Endress’s Discursos y razonamientos en la segunda parte del Quijote y varios artículos más; and one by Michael Scham on Stephen Rupp’s Heroic Forms: Cervantes and the Literature of War.
Many thanks, as always, to my editorial assistant, John Beusterien, and to our book review editor, Bill Clamurro. Thanks as well to our Associate Editors and anonymous peer reviewers for their important contributions to this journal throughout the year. [End Page 8]