Colleague Prof. Rebecca Bender invited me to give a lecture at KSU on November 10, 2016 for the Spanish Department’s Celebración Cervantina. My presentation titled, Read me a story Mr. Cervantes: Reading and Writing Practices in Early Modern Spain, was an exciting way to share my love for Don Quixote and my current research on reading/writing practices in 17th century Spain. I was flattered with the enthusiastic turnout, the warm welcome, and the inquisitive questions form students and faculty. Thanks so much to Professor Bender, the Spanish Club and everyone at KSU that contributed to making my visit a success.
I began my sabbatical by attending an intense and truly motivating Rare Book School course titled “Textual Mobilities” at U Penn lead by Roger Chartier and John Pollack. In the process I “discovered” a huge collection of Spanish comedias waiting to be enjoyed. I can’t wait to return to Philadelphia !
Many thanks to Eden Marek ’15 Artists@Grinnell Fellow for teaching my SPN 320 Early Modern Visual Culture class how to make paper. She was so patient with all of us (especially me!) and made the experience fun and engaging. I will post pictures of the codices my students created with their handmade paper soon.