Juan Maldonado’s earliest work, Hispaniola, ‘The Spanish Woman,’ is a five-act comedy. This edition of the play has Latin and English on facing pages, and with an introduction, 491 footnotes to both Latin and English texts, and 74 endnotes. A Plautine comedy of adolescent sexual desire, deceptive identity, & tricky servants, it merits a place among Reformation texts on Christian issues, defending the younger generation’s right freely to choose a marriage partner in defiance of arranged matches.
Warren S. Smith is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of New Mexico & Visiting Professor, Bishop Hannington Institute, Mombasa, Kenya. He is author of Satiric Advice on Women & Marriage from Plautus to Chaucer, and Spanish Humanism on the Verge of the Picaresque: Juan Maldonado’s Ludus Chartarum, Pastor Bonus, & Bacchanalia.
Clark Colahan is former Anderson Professor of Humanities and Professor of Spanish at Whitman College until retirement in 2011 and is now professor emeritus. He is a specialist on Spanish Renaissance Literature and has published books on Cervantes, the mystics María de Jesús de Agreda and Miguel de Quintana, church reformers and the originators of the Picaresque genre.