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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 (madelinesm@austin.utexas.edu) or Prof. Cory Reed (creed@austin.utexas.edu)

To consult the on-line catalog:  http://research.hrc.utexas.edu/sueltas/

CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

The State of the Comedia Suelta:

Celebrating the Texas Collections

Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

The University of Texas at Austin

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

9:00 Pick up programs, meet and greet 

9:15 Welcome

Richard Oram, Associate Director, Harry Ransom Center

9:30- 11:15 Session I: Cataloging the Collections

Chair: Victor Arizpe, Texas A&M University

Maria Weber and Paloma Graciani Picardo, University of Texas at Austin. “Cataloging the Comedias Sueltas: Challenges and Impressions." (This presentation will include a demonstration of the database.)

Felicia Piscitelli, Texas A&M University. “Comedias sueltas and Metadata Transfer.”

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11:30 Keynote Address

Introduction:  Madeline Sutherland-Meier, University of Texas at Austin

Lee Fontanella, “The Sueltas Collections at Texas A&M’s Cushing Library and the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center.”

12:45 Lunch

2:15 – 3:30  Session II: Theoretical Questions and Early Sueltas

Chair: José Villalobos, Texas A&M University

Heinrich Falk, California State University, Northridge. “Who Read Sueltas Anyway? Teatro Breve and Sueltas in 18th and 19th Century Spain.”

Alexander J. McNair, Baylor University.  "Performing Ethnicity and Religion: Two Golden Age Plays on El Cid and the Leyenda de Cardeña.”

Miguel Zugasti, Universidad de Navarra.  “El teatro de Moreto al por menor y al por mayor: ediciones sueltas y tomos contrahechos distribuidos por los herederos de Gabriel de León.”

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3:45 – 5:00  Session III: Sueltas with Musical Content

Chair: Cory Reed, University of Texas at Austin

Bruce Boggs, University of Oklahoma.  "The Flamenquista Plays of the Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas.”

Gloria Eive, St. Mary’s College of California.  “Francisco Barbieri y Asenjo’s Jugar con Fuego and its Consequences for Spanish Popular Theatre.”

Yuri Porras, Texas State University. “The Eighteenth-Century Tonadilla escénica: Music, Performance, and Current State of Research.”

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5:30  A Concert Celebrating the Texas Collections

Introduction: Robert DeSimone, University of Texas at Austin

Czarina Olivia Vázquez, Soprano

Rick Rowley, Pianist

6:00 – 7:00  Reception

Sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center

The Ransom Center galleries will remain open until 7:00 pm this evening.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

9:00  Coffee

9:30 Welcome 

Irene Moyna, Head, Department of Hispanic Studies, Texas A&M University

Jill Robbins, Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas at Austin

9:30– 10:45 Session III: 18th, 19th, and 20th  Century Sueltas

Chair: Irene Moyna, Texas A&M University

Frieda Koeninger, Sam Houston State University. “Comic Genius, Hack Poet and Tragic Victim of the Spanish Civil War: The Presence of Pedro Muñoz Seca in the HRC Sueltas.” 

Sharon Feldman, University of Richmond.  “Àngel Guimerà’s Maria Rosa: From Barcelona to Broadway and the Silver Screen.”

Donald Buck, Auburn University.  “ ‘You mean there are a lot of these comedias sueltas in the library?’: Recollections and Remarks on the Ransom Center Collection.” (Read by Cory Reed, University of Texas at Austin)

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11:00 – 12:15 Session IV: Special Collections

Chair: Marilén Loyola, University of Texas at Austin

David R. Whitesell, University of Virginia Library.  "Analytical Bibliography and the Comedia Suelta: The Orga Series of Comedias Sueltas as a Case Study."

David Fernández, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. “Bibliographical Notes: the Milton A. Buchanan Collection of Spanish Drama.”

Madeline Sutherland-Meier, University of Texas at Austin.  “Romances de Ciego and Related Genres of Literatura de Cordel in the Ransom Center Collection.”

12:15 General discussion, wrap up

12:45 Closing Lunch

Organizing Committee:

Victor Arizpe, Texas A&M University

Cory Reed, University of Texas at Austin

Madeline Sutherland-Meier, University of Texas at Austin

José Villalobos, Texas A&M University

 

The organizers would like to extend special thanks to Jeff Becker, Sam Cannon, Robert DeSimone, Mary Kleba, Carolyn Newsom, Russell Podgorsek, and Danielle Sigler for their help.

 

We are also very grateful to our sponsors whose support has made this conference possible:

The Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

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

The Department of Hispanic Studies, Texas A&M University

The Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin

The Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism, The University of Texas at Austin

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