Conference on Crossing the Channel

Robert C. Ritchie, Huntington Library, emeritus
Robert C. Ritchie, Huntington Library, emeritus
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Thursday, November 13, 2003 to Saturday, November 15, 2003

Cultural, Political, and Historical Connections between Spain and England, 1554-1604

From Philip II’s ill-fated marriage to Mary Tudor in 1554 to James I’s accession to the English throne after Elizabeth’s death in 1603, Spain and England constantly confronted one another as they competed for European dominance. Despite his short reign as king of England and the debacle of his Invincible Armada, Philip II continued to hold sway throughout the known world, yet he was compelled to oppose the growing force of his former sister-in-law, Elizabeth I. The ceaseless alliances and altercations between these early modern powers held enormous historical significance: they not only affected the religious, political, and cultural developments of the two countries, but determined the future of imperialist rule, a historical phenomenon that had lasting effect on the world as we know it today.

Sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, and the University of Chicago; and organized by Anne J. Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Miami. Supported by a grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports and U.S. Universities

Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Thursday, November 13

Elizabethan Privateering, Elizabethan Piracy
Robert C. Ritchie, Huntington Library (now emeritus)
(also part of the Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend exhibition public programs schedule)

Friday, November 14

Morning Session
Chair: Frederick de Armas, University of Chicago

The Frustrated Unity of Atlantic Europe: The Roles of Spain and England
William D. Phillips, Jr., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Inglaterra vista desde España: Imágenes en la distancia y realidad política
Magdalena de Pazzis Pi Corrales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Sketches of Spain: Early Modern England’s ‘Orientalizing’ of Iberia
Barbara Fuchs, University of Pennsylvania

Afternoon Session
Chair: Anne J. Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Miami

Heretical Stars: The Politics of Astrology in Cervantes’ La gitanilla and La espanola inglesa
Frederick de Armas, University of Chicago

“The Body of a Weak and Feeble Woman”: Courting Elizabeth in Antonio Coello’s El conde de Sex
María Cristina Quintero, Bryn Mawr College

Introduction to Elizabeth I, Ruler and Legend exhibition
Carla Zecher, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies

Saturday, November 15

Morning Session
Chair: Robert Bucholz, Loyola University Chicago

Libels and Other Weapons: The Written Word as an Adjunct to Naval Warfare
Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota

The Politics of Providence: The “Englishing” of Spanish Narratives about Spain and the New World
David A. Boruchoff, McGill University

From Drake to Draque: An Elizabethan Hero with a Spanish Accent, 1587-1598
Elizabeth Wright, University of Georgia

Afternoon Session at the Instituto Cervantes
Chair: Rosilie Hernández-Pecoraro, University of Illinois at Chicago

Martyrs’ Values
Jacques Lezra, University of Wisconsin-Madison (now at New York University)

Vindicating the Vulnerata: Relics and Religious Imagery as Weapons of Mass Conversion
Anne J. Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Miami

La paz con Inglaterra, de la conveniencia a la necesidad, 1596-1603
Bernardo García García, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Fundación Carlos de Amberes, Madrid

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