Contributors and Team

(Click on names for biographies.)

Director

Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum

Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum, creator and director of Comedias Sueltas USA earned a PhD in Spanish literature at the Graduate Center, City University of New York but in fact had a career as a Special Collections librarian most of her life.  Her interests are bibliophilic and her publications have to do mostly with descriptive bibliographies of Spanish Golden Age plays.  The difficulties of finding comedias sueltas as a corpus, in US academic and research libraries have propelled her to create this website.  She is an active member of the Grolier Club and a member of the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie.

Contributors and Collaborators

Don W. Cruickshank

Don Cruickshank was born in Fettercairn, Kincardineshire, in 1942, and brought up in Aberdeen, where he went to university and studied Spanish under Terence May and Peter Dunn. From Aberdeen he moved to Cambridge (Emmanuel College) to do a PhD on Calderón, under the supervision of Edward Wilson. In 1968 he was elected to a research fellowship in Emmanuel, remaining there until he was appointed to a lectureship at University College Dublin, where in due course he became a senior lecturer and an associate professor and, eventually, Professor of Spanish. He retired in 2007. His publications include a facsimile collection of early Calderón editions (1973, with J. E. Varey, 19 vols), a study of the classical Spanish plays collected by the diarist Samuel Pepys (Samuel Pepys’s Spanish Plays, 1980, with E. M. Wilson) a biography of Calderón (Don Pedro Calderón, 2009), as well as numerous articles on classical Spanish plays, the book trade and typography in Spain. He is a member of the Grupo de Investigación Calderón de la Barca, based in the University of Santiago de Compostela, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

C. George Peale

C. George Peale received his PhD in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine. His B.A. is from the University of Southern California, where he studied Spanish and Music Composition and Theory, and he holds an M.A. in Spanish literature from the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Pepperdine University. He is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, where he taught from 1989 until 2012. He now resides in Valladolid, Spain. Peale is the author of numerous books and articles on topics covering the Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, including 50 critical and annotated editions of works by Luis Vélez de Guevara (and many more in preparation), editions of the humanist Fernán Pérez de Oliva, of Gaspar Aguilar, and articles on the Golden Age novel, theater and poetry. He is currently working on a materialist history of court theater during the reign of Felipe IV, a project deriving from his archival research in the archives at Simancas and at the Royal Palace in Madrid. He is a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Córdoba and of the American Academy of the Spanish Language, an affiliate of the Spanish Royal Academy. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Hispanic Society of America.

Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo

Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo obtained her PhD in Spanish Literature in April 2011 at the University of Santiago de Compostela. From 2011 to 2014, she carried out research as part of the Iberian Book Project, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and directed by Dr. Alexander Wilkinson of the University College Dublin, where she works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Level 2. Her current research interests include Golden Age Spanish theater and the Spanish book trade. She has recently published an edition of Calderón’s play El mayor encanto, amor (Madrid: Iberoamericana / Frankfurt: Vervuert, 2013), and she is co-editor, with Alexander Wilkinson, of Iberian Books, Libros Ibéricos: Books Published on the Iberian Peninsula or in the New World between 1601 and 1650 (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 2 vols.

Team

Michael Agnew

Michael Agnew received his PhD from the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently completing his Master of Library Science at Long Island University’s Palmer School, with a concentration in rare books and special collections, and a joint MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Ronna Feit

Ronna Feit received her PhD from the University of Virginia, where she completed a dissertation on Lope de Vega’s Viuda, casada y doncella under the direction of Donald McGrady. She received a Master of Library Science from Long Island University’s Palmer School where she specialized in Rare Books and Special Collections.

Javier Milligan

Javier Milligan received his Master of Library Science degree from Queens College, City University of New York, and has years of experience as a librarian and consultant. His current focus is on rare books and manuscripts. He is about to complete his Graduate Certificate in Archives and the Preservation of Cultural Materials, also at Queens College.

Database and Interface

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