Studies in Honor of Robert ter Horst





1st edition, February 14, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9832982-2-9
Paperback, TSI Press

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About the Book

This collection of essays honors Robert ter Horst, a scholar of comparative literature and literature of the Spanish Golden Age. The contributions reflect the diversity of the honoree’s interests: while most of the essays focus on Spanish literature of the late 15th through the 17th centuries, other national traditions are represented, and the essays exhibit a variety of scholarly approaches. The texts under scrutiny range from poetry, prose and drama of the early modern era through contemporary theater and film. Following personal tributes to Professor ter Horst from the three co-editors, eleven essays by scholars in the fields of Spanish and comparative literature comprise this volume.


Literature, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, United States, Germany, Renaissance, Drama, Poetry, Fiction.

Readership in English

All interested in literature of the Spanish Golden Age, as well as anyone engaged in comparative approaches to European and American literature of the early modern era through the present.

About the Authors

Eleanor ter Horst is associate professor and chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature at the University of South Alabama, where she teaches courses in French, German, and comparative literature. Her research interests include comparative literary studies and the reception of the classics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German and French literature. She is the author of a book, Lessing, Goethe, Kleist and the Transformation of Gender: From Hermaphrodite to Amazon, and numerous articles on the topics of comparative literature, gender and sexuality studies, and classical reception. She has also researched and published in the area of interdisciplinary foreign-language pedagogy.

Edward H. Friedman is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish and comparative literature at Vanderbilt University, where he also serves as director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. His research focuses on early modern Spanish literature and contemporary narrative and drama. His books include studies of Cervantes’s full-length plays, the figure of the antiheroine in literature, and the development of the novel in Spain. Among his recent publications are Quixotic Haiku (2014) and Trading Up (2015), based on Juan Ruiz de Alarcón’s seventeenth-century comedy Mudarse por mejorarse. He has served as editor of the theater journal Bulletin of the Comediantes and is a past president of the Cervantes Society of America.

Ali Shehzad Zaidi is associate professor of humanities at the State University of New York at Canton, where he teaches courses in world literature, civilization, and Spanish language. He holds a PhD and an MA in comparative literature from the University of Rochester, an MA in Spanish literature from Queens College (City University of New York), and an MA in English literature from the University of Peshawar (Pakistan). His comparative studies on the plays of Shakespeare and Calderón have appeared in publications such as Studies in Philology and Hispanófila.


Introduction: “Ce vice impuni, la lecture”: A Double Life in Reading and Writing
Eleanor ter Horst

Introduction: A Guide in the Desert
Edward H. Friedman

Introduction: High Tea
Ali Shehzad Zaidi

1. On the Road: Traveling in the Comedia
William R. Blue

2. Self-Examination and Re-Creation in Early Modern Spanish Poetry
Edward H. Friedman
3. The Captive as Ethnographer: Antonio de Sosa’s Topography of Algiers (1612)
María Antonia Garcés

4. La dama duende and the “Reversible” Corral Stage
Patricia Kenworthy

5. Antigone on the Border
Kirsten F. Nigro

6. Toward an Epistemology of Enchantment: Don Quixote and the Limits of Cinema
Adrián Pérez Melgosa

7. The Mute Testimony of Portraits in Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s and Miguel de Unamuno’s Work
Randolph D. Pope

8. The Conjugations of Don Juan
Eleanor ter Horst

9. Aspects of Symbolism in La Celestina
Florence Byham Weinberg

10. The Translator’s Translator: On Englishing a Portuguese Cleric’s Spanish Captivity Chronicle
Diana de Armas Wilson

11. The Futuristic Arc of Early American Literature
Ali Shehzad Zaidi

The Publications of Robert ter Horst
Contributors’ Biographies