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Speaker Series-Initiation by Fire-Juan del Encina-on Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Initiation By Fire
Preparing a Critical Edition of Eight Plays
First Published in Spain in 1496
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
7:30 PM Talk
The movable type printing press and the publishing business, vernacular language, and theater were all in their infancy and developing ungoverned in the Late Middle Ages in Spain when a child was born to a cobbler and his wife in a large city with a splendid university and a magnificent cathedral. Juan del Encina was to become the last great poet-musician of Spain, the father of Spanish theater, and the first author to have all his literary works compiled and published in a single volume.
And, what is more, he was in the right place at the right time with the right set of skills to witness and to inform us about what it was like for the royals, the nobles, and the commoners to experience one of Spain’s finest and most devastating moments, the final decade of the fifteenth century. After I published in a journal dedicated to Spanish theater my dissertation on his first eight short plays, I agreed to prepare a critical edition of them. Little did
I know then what an adventure that would unleash.
Wellesley Neighbors member Rosalie Gimeno grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a B.A. from Drake University, an M.A. from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, all with a focus on Spanish language, literature, and culture. She has lived anywhere from three months to 27 years in Kansas City, Des Moines, Mexico City, Middlebury, Madrid, Riverside, Cleveland, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Wellesley. She and her husband moved here from L.A. in 1999 to be near their son and his family. Research, writing, editing, sometimes teaching, and three grandsons along with traveling and enjoying the visual and performing arts have kept her busy. She has published studies about medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature and taught students from grade 7 to university undergraduates as well as addressed broad educational issues related to grades 7-12. For the last 25 years, she has divided her time between the U.S. and Spain.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7:30 PM
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