- Editor's Note
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 Amadís 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 Martínez Góngora'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 Escolá offers an analysis of rhetorical "coincidences" between Cervantes's play El gallardo español and Lope de Vega's own Comedia famosa del gallardo catalán. For Baras Escolá, 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.
Following these two essays, we return to Don Quixote and its impact on later narrative works. Guillermo Rodríguez-Romaguera traces the impact of Cervantes's metafictional work on Wes Craven's 1996 [End Page 7] Hollywood blockbuster Scream and its several sequels. Alfredo Moro Martín, meanwhile, examines the influence of Don Quixote on Sir Walter Scott's 1814 novel Waverly, or 'Tis Sixty Years Since.
We end, as we usually do, with several book reviews. However, due to a recent backlog of accepted book reviews, we are publishing a greater number than usual: a total of five reviews instead of the three that readers are accustomed to seeing here. These book reviews include: Michael J. B. Allen on Susan Byrne's Ficino in Spain; Edward H. Friedman on Ignacio García Aguilar, Luis Gómez Canseco, and Adrián J. Sáez's El teatro de Miguel de Cervantes; Felipe E. Ruan on Pina Rosa Piras's La información en Argel de Miguel de Cervantes; Michael J. McGrath on Eduardo Olid Guerrero's Del teatro a la novela: El ritual del disfraz en las Novelas ejemplares de Cervantes; and Howard Mancing on Françoise Davoine's Fighting Melancholia: Don Quixote's Teaching.
Finally, many thanks to our anonymous peer reviewers, to my Editorial Assistant, John Beusterien, and to our various Associate Editors for all their hard work and support. And a special thanks once again to Cristina González Martín. [End Page 8]