This day-long symposium will bring scholars of Spanish Golden Age and English Renaissance literature into dialogue through focused investigation of a dominant publication form that their dramatic literatures share: the quarto. The English play quarto and the Spanish pliego suelto
are composed in quarto gatherings: printed sheets folded twice to make four leaves. The Spanish author Lope de Vega even used this format in the composition process of his dramatic manuscripts. What can we learn from a comparison of quarto publications, across languages and cultural contexts? How did quarto publication shape genres other than drama? Symposium participants will engage directly with books and manuscripts from Kislak Center collections. 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.
We honor the memory and scholarship of José M. Regueiro (1938-2017), Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Spanish Drama of the Golden Age: A Catalogue of the Comedia Collection in the University of Pennsylvania Libraries