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Call For Papers The State of the Comedia Suelta: Celebrating the Texas Collections University of Texas at Austin September 29-30, 2014 The Texas Collection of Spanish Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin contains approximately 15,000 titles spanning over three centuries. This conference will bring together scholars in various fields to share their work and to celebrate the completion of the cataloging of the UT collection and the approximately 500 titles heldin the Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M University. The cataloging has been funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives. We welcome 20 minute papers from researchers in a variety of fields including but not limited to Hispanic literature and culture, history of the book, music, theater, bibliography, conservation, library science, etc. Papers focusing on specific writers and/or works represented in the collection are particularly welcome. Please send abstracts (not to exceed 350 words) to: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> Although the catalog will not be complete until the end of the spring of 2014, a beta version of the database can be accessed here: http://research.hrc.utexas.edu/sueltas/ and those wishing to present papers are encouraged to consult it. A more complete description of the collections accompanies this call for papers. For information on fellowships for scholars at the Ransom Center, see http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/research/fellowships/ Cory A. Reed Associate Professor The University of Texas at Austin Department of Spanish and Portuguese 150 W. 21st Street, Stop B3700 Austin, TX 78712-1611 Attachment: Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas The Texas Collection of Spanish Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater at the Harry Ransom Center contains approximately 14,000 titles spanning over three centuries. Cataloging of these titles has been funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives. Publication dates range from 1670 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 have been published post mid-19th century; and most of these originate in Madrid, followed by Barcelona. Several hundred have been 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. Included in this collection are the 1,119 sueltas described in Mildred Boyer’s bibliography, Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas (1978), covering the second half of the seventeenth century until 1833. Genres in the collection include comedy, historical drama, zarzuela, sainete, entremés, “pasatiempo”, “disparate”, “farsa,” and several other cleverly named types. Each title has been examined, documenting most of the salient features of each work in the database (http://research.hrc.utexas.edu/sueltas/). Works are searchable by author, title, composer, place of publication, publisher, printer, keyword, and date. In addition, dimensions of the works; stamps or markings; handwritten notations; added text; and presence of musical and illustrative content have been recorded. Performance statements have also been noted when they appear in a work. These statements include the date, city, and the theater where the works were initially performed. Censors’ statements and edits have also been recorded. As well, those works that have been used as actors’ prompt copies, where the markings and notations indicate their use in actual performances, have been recorded. The database can be accessed here: http://research.hrc.utexas.edu/sueltas/ --