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Mediterranean Studies 4 (1994)



1. José María Alvarez, Pensamientos de un poeta sobre la poesía española actual

2. Jace T. Crouch, Isidore of Seville and the Evolution of Kingship in Visigothic Spain

3. James J. Todesca, Coinage and the Rebellion of Sancho of Castile

4. Theresa Earenfight, Maria of Castile, Ruler or Figurehead? A Preliminary Study in Aragonese Queenship

5. Francis A. Dutra, Evolution of the Portuguese Order of Santiago, 1492-1600

6. A. Gordon Kinder, Protestantism in Sixteenth-Century Spain: Doctrines and Practices as Confessed to the Inquisitors

7. Steven Suppan, Property and Propriety in the Political Writings of Juan de Valdés

8. Allyson M. Poska, Matters of Life and Death in Galicia

9. Thomas F. Arnold, Gonzaga Fortifications and the Mantual Succession Crisis of 1613-1631

10. John Tone, Regional Autonomy and Resistance to Modernization in Navarre in the Late Eighteenth Century

11. Jorge Martins Ribeiro, The City of Oporto at the End of the Nineteenth Century as Viewed by American Diplomats in Portugal

12. Michael Seidman, The Artist as Populist: Hemingway and the Spanish Civil War

13. Clotide Puértolas, Tradition and Subversion in Modern Spain: A Case Study of the Peñas, 1930-1980

14. J. B. Owens, Spanish Communist Party Poster Politics in the Transition to Democracy (1977-1979)

About the Contributors:

José María Alvaréz was born 1942 in Cartagena, Spain. He graduated from the university with a degree in filosofía y letras, having majored in history, geography, and pure philosophy. Alvarez has dedicated his life to his poetry and travel, giving readings of his works in the countries where they have been published: France, Germany, Italy, the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Greece, Holland, Belgium, England Sweden, Cuba, Hungary, Egypt, China, Japan, Turkey, etc. His translations include the poetry of Konstantine Kavafís, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe, Friederich Hölderlin, T.S. Elliot, Shakespeare, and François Villon. Alvarez' first book of poems, Museo de cera, was published in 1960. It was followed by Libro de las nuevas herramientas (1964), La adad de oro (1980), Nocturnes (1983), Tosigo ardento (1985), and Escudo de Aquiles (1987). A year later, José María Alvarez received the international poetry prize "Barcarola" for his Signifying Nothing. He has also published prose on historical topics, an autobiography, and an erotic novel and has lectured extensively at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, at various universities in the United States, and at international scholars' conferences. Dividing his life among homes in Cartagena, Venice, and Rome, José María Alvarez is now working on a new book of poems entitled El botín del mundo (Las ruinas de la inteligencia).

Thomas F. Arnold is a doctoral candidate in Early Modern and Military History at the Ohio State University. His dissertation, "Fortifications and Statecraft of the Gonzaga 1530-1630," will be completed in the Spring of 1993. He is author of three classroom simulations for teaching World History: "Fertile Crescent, the Birth of Civilization in the Ancient Near East"; "Silver and Spice, World Trade in the Age of Exploration"; and "1900, International Competition in the Victorian Age."

Jace Crouch is currently a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University. His primary research interests include the emergence and development of Christian historiography in late antiquity and the early middle ages, and Anglo-Saxon England.

Francis A. Dutra is the author of two books and several dozen articles. He is a specialist in Portuguese and Brazilian history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently completing a study of commanders and their commanderies in the Portuguese Order of Santiago, 1415-1750.

Theresa Earenfight is a graduate student in medieval history at Fordham University. Her publications include "A Crisis of Royal Authority: Alfonso V of Aragon in Naples, 1435-1458," Studies in Medieval Culture, eds. Donald Kagay and Joseph P. Snow (Kalamazoo: The Medieval Institute, forthcoming) and essays in The Columbus Encyclopedia (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991).

A. Gordon Kinder is an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies in the University of Manchester, England. He has published two monographs and over thirty articles on the general theme of Spanish heterodoxy in the sixteenth century, many of which have been republished in Spanish translation. In addition, he has written entries in several encyclopedias, chapters in two works covering aspects of the Reformation (one published in Paris, one in Cambridge), a bibliography of the Spanish Reformation (with supplement at press), and edited a Spanish "Confession of Faith."

J. B. Owens is Professor of Spanish History at Idaho State University, where he also serves as Director of the Glenn E. Tyler Collection (History and Philosophy of Medicine and Science) of the Oboler Library and as Director of the Spanish Political Iconography Project. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews and a book, Rebelión, monarquía y oligarquía murciana en la época de Carlos V, published by the Universidad de Murcia in 1980. The article published here is part of a project on the use of graphic arts in Spain's transition to democracy.

Allyson M. Poska is currently an assistant professor of History at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She completed her doctoral work on popular religion in seventeenth-century Orense at the University of Minnesota.

Clotilde Puértolas is currently cataloging pamphlets from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America in the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Jorge Martins Ribeiro is Lecturer in the Department of History of the Faculdade de Letras at Oporto University, Portugal. In 1990-91 he was Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University with grants from the Luso-American Cultural Commission (Fulbright) and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. He is author of A comunidade británica do Porto durante as invasöes francesas (1807-1811) (Porto, 1990) and has published articles on the French invasions in Portugal and on Luso-American relations. He is now working on his doctoral dissertation on the diplomatic and commercial relations between Portugal and the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Michael Seidman teaches European history at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His publications include Workers Against Work: Labor in Paris and Barcelona During the Popular Fronts (University of California Press, 1991) and articles in French Historical Studies, Journal of Contemporary History, European History Quarterly, and the International Review of Social History.

Steven Suppan is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is at work on a book-length manuscript on Spanish translatio imperii et studii from the late fifteenth century to the mid-sixteenth century; "Property and Propriety in the Political Writings of Juan de Valdés" is part of a chapter on Valdés in that project. In addition to his work on the Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, he has published three articles on the Spanish Enlightenment and has done research in the relation of literary theory to literary history and painting.

James Todesca is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at Fordham University. It is entitled "The Monetary Policy of the Crown of Castile-Leon, 1085-1350."

John Tone is assistant professor of History at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Fatal Knot: The Guerrillas of Navarre and the Fall of Napoleon (forthcoming), and is currently preparing a work on the Cuban-Spanish-American war of 1895-98.