- From the Editor
In 2012 I was thrilled to accept the invitation to work with the MLA Forum, LLC Medieval Iberian, and the rest of the editorial staff at La corónica. What motivated me the most to accept the position was the opportunity to connect more personally with all the scholars who contribute their research and service to the journal. In addition to the annual meetings and award ceremonies, working with the authors, jurors, editors and editorial assistants has been the best part of the job. Now it's 2018, and I will be finishing my second term as Editor-in-Chief, and with the completion of volume 46, I will be stepping down. We have published a call for the position of Editor in the back matter of this volume, and readers can see a more detailed announcement on our Facebook page, the La corónica homepage (http://lacoronica.org/), and at the La corónica Commons website (http://lcc.ku.edu/).
Together we have worked on some important initiatives, and made significant changes. I am proud that we were able to publish our first articles in Portuguese and Catalan, and that we now have a long-running, annual tradition of sponsoring La corónica sessions at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, in many ways the birthplace of our journal. We also created a space in our pages for medievalists to access new editions of works from Iberia in the "Texts and Translations" series, the first of which appeared in volume 45.2: "Romance Literature in Hebrew Language with an Arabic Twist: The First Story of Jacob ben El'azar's Sefer ha-meshalim" by Isabelle Levy and David Torollo. Our contributors and readers know that La corónica publishes the best, peer-reviewed scholarship on a wide range of topics related to medieval Iberian languages, literatures and cultures, and I still feel strongly that the journal deserves even greater visibility. With that in mind, we created our first Editorial Board, made up national and international medievalists from diverse related fields. Not only will the editors of La corónica be able to draw on the experience and expertise of the Editorial Board moving forward, but the members will also help garner the recognition our authors deserve, and increase the impact our journal has on medieval studies in general.
In volume 45.2, I wanted to give special thanks to the Editorial Assistants that graciously volunteer their time to work on the production of each publication. Their service is invaluable, and I know that our authors appreciate the extra attention to detail their work receives before going to press. But with each new volume I must also thank the expert jurors that review everything we publish in La corónica. I cannot thank our reviewers [End Page 1] enough for their support, and I personally want to recognize all of them in the list of colleagues who contributed their time and expertise in 2017:
Antonio Cortijo Ocaña
Robin M. Bower
Jesús Rodríguez Velasco
Josep Lluis Martos
Pau Cañigueral Batllosera
As a final acknowledgement, the senior editorial staff joins me in expressing our gratitude to Dean David Manderscheid, College of Arts and Sciences, and to Dr. Laura Podalsky, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University. We also thank Dean Carl W. Lejuez, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Prof. Santa Arias, at the University of Kansas. Without their continued support, this journal could not continue. [End Page 2]