Robert Stone Discussion

Dr. Amy Williamsem (1959- 2019) was a beloved and respected scholar, colleague, mentor, and teacher.

Over the course of her exemplary career of teaching, research and service she has left an indelible legacy

and enriched the careers and lives of those fortunate enough to have worked with her, from the

communities at the University of Arizona (while a professor there for 22 years) and the University of

North Carolina-Greensboro (where she was both professor and department chair for 9 years), to the many

scholarly and professional organizations nourished and championed by her, including GEMELA (Grupo

de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas) and the AHCT (Association for Hispanic Classical

Theater). Her impressive research career focused on early modern Spanish literature, early modern

women writers, performance studies, translation, and the application of cognitive science to literary


To celebrate Amy’s contributions to our academic communities, the University Press of the South will

publish a collection of essays in her honor, with an anticipated level of participation sufficient for two

volumes. In this Call for papers, we invite submissions of original research, written in Spanish or

English, that intersect with Amy’s intellectual legacy. We will consider submissions in an inclusive spirit

(as Amy would want us to), but we are especially eager to receive contributions in the following areas

that are most reflective of Amy’s work:

Early modern women writers of the Spanish-speaking world

Marginal figures in the early modern Spanish Comedia

Mothers and other female characters in the early modern Spanish Comedia

Cognitive science applied to early modern Spanish literature and culture

Cervantes and Don Quijote

Early modern Spanish Comedia Performance studies (including directing, costumes, music, etc.)

Translation and adaptation of the early modern Spanish Comedia

Teaching the early modern Spanish Comedia

Our goal is to publish this volume in advance of the 2020 AHCT Symposium in El Paso, so that its

presentation there can complement other plans to commemorate Amy. To meet this goal, we ask that

interested authors submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by May 20, 2019 to Invitations to submit the full essays will be sent quickly, as

we are asking for full manuscripts (4000-5000 words, MLA Style 8th ed., in MS Word format and with no

more than three images) to be submitted as early as possible, but no later than July 1, 2019.

We understand that the timing of this convocatoria is not ideal, but we feel that it is important to

synchronize our work with other efforts to celebrate Amy in El Paso next year, as we all grieve her

untimely passing. We look forward to receiving your abstracts and manuscripts to honor a great colleague

and mentor.



Dr. Robert Bayliss, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Kansas

Dr. Judith Caballero, Department of Modern Languages, Millsaps College

Dr. Esther Fernández, Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, Rice University

Dr. Yuri Porras, Department of Modern Languages, Texas State University