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La Senda Dificil: Quest and Meaning in Cervantes' Poetics at the Quadricentenary

La Senda Dificil

Quest and Meaning in Cervantes' Poetics at the Quadricentenary


A Symposium


September 30-October 1, 2016

Thompson Library, Room 202 (PDF iconmap)

The Ohio State University


La Senda Dificil is a two-day symposium celebrating the life, times, work, and world of Miguel de Cervantes for his quadricentenary. As part of the international IV CENTENARIO DE LA MUERTE DE CERVANTES program, it gathers a group of world-class scholars to explore Cervantes' artistic and cultural legacy from a range of critical perspectives, from problems related to his poetics, to his representations of the Mediterranean, to his lasting impact on European culture.
In addition to paper presentations and roundtable discussions, it will also include a rare book exhibit, providing an opportunity to explore some of OSU's rare Cervantes collections in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

Finally, the symposium also features the next speaker in our 2016-2017 lecture series, María Antonia Garcés (Cornell University).

This event is free and open to the public.


ici, finalement, tomba mon bonheur, pour ne se relever jamais'


Schedule of Events



• 9:00 a.m


Coffee and Pastries


• 9:20 a.m. 


Introductory Remarks by Graeme M. Boone, Director, CMRS; Elizabeth Davis, Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Federico Palomera-Guëz, General Consul of Spain.


• 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  


Session 1: Animal Presences in Don Quijote de la Mancha


"Embodying Animals: Cervantes and Animal Cognition" (PDF iconAbstract)

 Steven Wagschal, Indiana University Bloomington (PDF icon Bio)


  • Introduction by Rebecca Haidt, Department of Spanish and Portuguese


"Aristocratic Equestrian Culture(s) and Don Quijote's Journey from Castile to Aragon" (PDF iconAbstract)

Javier Irigoyen-García, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PDF iconBio)


  • Introduction by Lúcia Helena Costigan, Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Session Chair: Graeme M. Boone, Director, CMRS
Session Respondent: Glenda Yael Nieto Cuebas, Ohio Wesleyan University


• 11:30 a.m. 


Visit to the Cervantes Exhibit 


Presented by Eric Johnson,
Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts
Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room
Thompson Library Room 105



• 12:00 


Lunch for symposium speakers and graduate students

Room 204 (advance sign-up required)


• 12:45


'Music of Court and Countryside in the Time of Cervantes':  A Concert of Vihuela and Guitar Music (PDF iconAbstract)

Sean Ferguson (PDF iconBio)



• 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


Session 2: The Poetic Imaginary in Cervantes' Later Years


"Cervantes' Hermetic Architectures: The Danger Outside, from the Novelas ejemplares to the Persiles" (PDF iconAbstract)

Frederick A. de Armas, University of Chicago (PDF iconBio)


  • Introduction by  Lisa Voigt, Department of Spanish and Portuguese


"Poetry 'Bodied Forth' in Time: The Final Ironies of Cervantes' Viaje del Parnaso" (PDF iconAbstract)

Isabel Torres, Queen's University, Belfast (PDF iconBio)


  • Introduction by Elizabeth Davis, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Session Respondent: Susan Paun de García, Denison University


• 3:30 p.m  




• 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.


 Session 3: CMRS Lecture, Cervantes and the Mediterranean World


"At Sea in the Mediterranean: Cervantes's Encounters with Islam" (PDF iconAbstract

María Antonia Garcés, Cornell University (PDF iconBio)


Session Chair and Introduction: Pedro Schacht Pereira, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Session Respondent: Francesco Lopez-Martín, Denison University


• 5:15 p.m  






• 8:30 a.m


Coffee and Pastries


• 9:00 -11:00 a.m


Round Table Discussion

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Sponsored by


The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese


and other Departments and Programs


University Libraries

Comparative Studies

Project Narrative

History of Art



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