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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

The State of the Comedia Suelta: Celebrating the Texas Collections

comdiasThe State of the Comedia Suelta: Celebrating the Texas Collections
September 29-30, 2014

The Universiy of Texas' Collection of Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater, at the Harry Ransom Center, contains more than 15,000 titles spanning over three centuries. Cataloging of these titles, along with the approximately 600 comedias sueltas in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives at Texas A&M University, has been funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives. Publication dates of items in the collections range from 1603 to the late 1930s. Over 2,500 different authors have been identified; about ten percent of these are women writers. The majority of these plays were published post mid-19th century; and most of these originate in Madrid, followed by Barcelona. Several hundred were published in smaller cities in Spain and in Latin America. Most of the over 2,000 translations included in the collection are from the French followed by Italian and English, with some German and Catalan.  Also included in the Texas Collection are over 200 romances de ciego, one of the earliest examples of an ephemeral literature intended for mass public distribution.


The conference, which will be held at the Ransom Center on September 29 and 30, 2014, will bring together scholars in various fields to share their work  and to celebrate the completion of the cataloging of the collections.


For more information, please contact Prof. Madeline Sutherland-Meier ( or Prof. Cory Reed (


To consult the on-line catalog:


Sponsored by:

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Texas at Austin

The Department of Hispanic Studies, Texas A&M University

The Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin


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