Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Spain and England
in the Age of Cervantes and Shakespeare
Connected Histories?
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 1:00-7:30 PM
Detail of Miguel Cervantes de Saarvedra's The Life and Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha (1747), Kislak Center.
The associated exhibition, The Stage and All the World: Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Early Maps, is in the
Snyder-Granader Alcove, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday, by prior arrangement (215.898.7088 or rbml@pobox.upenn.edu)
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)

Image: from Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra's
The Life and Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman
Don Quixote de la Mancha
(Dublin 1747),
Kislak Center
A one-day conference and exhibition will explore literary and cultural intersections and highlight the Kislak Center's Spanish Golden Age and English Renaissance literature. The conference concludes with a performance by Penn's Underground Shakespeare Company. Participants include Marina Brownlee (Princeton), Roger Chartier (Penn), Steve Dolph (Penn), Georgina Dopico-Black (NYU), Antonio Feros (Penn), Carmen Peraita (Villanova), Melissa Sanchez (Penn), Peter Stallybrass (Penn), Sarah Wall-Randell (Wellesley), and Kathryn Swanton (CUNY).

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History, English, and Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. We are also grateful to Sarah Horowitz and the Department of Special Collections, Haverford College Libraries for loaning materials for display on the day of the conference.


1:00-1:15 pm Welcome and Introduction

1:15-2:30 pm Session 1

  • Zack Lesser (Penn) and Jorge Tellez (Penn), co-chairs
  • Marina Brownlee (Princeton), 'Shakespeare's Memory' and Cervantes
  • Sarah Wall-Randell (Wellesley), 'Discovering' Don Quixote: Romance Tropes and Cervantes' Early English Readers
  • Carmen Peraita (Villanova), Don Quixote, Part Two and Print Production in Madrid around 1615
2:30-3:00 pm Coffee break and exhibition viewing

3:00-3:45 pm Session 2
  • Richard Kagan (Johns Hopkins), chair
  • Antonio Feros (Penn), Othello and Ricote: Shakespeare's Moors, Cervantes' Moriscos
  • Kathryn Swanton (CUNY), On Dying and Living Well in Shakespeare and Cervantes
3:45-4:30 pm Session 3
  • Michael Solomon (Penn), chair
  • Steve Dolph (Penn), Cervantes, the Pastoral, and the Question of Modernity
  • Melissa Sanchez (Penn), The Indignity of Sex in Measure for Measure
4:30-5:30 pm Session 4
  • Rebecca Bushnell (Penn), chair
  • Roger Chartier (Penn), Shakespeare in Spain and Cervantes' England
  • Peter Stallybrass (Penn), Errancy, Collaboration, and Error: Authorship in Cervantes and Shakespeare
5:30-6:00 pm Break and exhibition viewing

6:00-6:30 pm Performance by Penn's Underground Shakespeare Company

6:30-7:30 pm Closing Reception