Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Spanish Literature, and Comparative Literature
Office: Wieboldt 409A
Office Hours: MW 2:30-3:30
Frederick A. de Armas focuses on the literature of the Spanish Golden Age (Cervantes, Calderón, Claramonte, Lope de Vega), often from a comparative perspective. His interests include the politics of astrology; magic and the Hermetic tradition; ekphrasis; the relations between the verbal and the visual particularly between Spanish literature and Italian art; and the interconnections between myth and empire during the rule of the Habsburgs.
His books and edited collections include: The Invisible Mistress: Aspects of Feminism and Fantasy in the Golden Age; The Return of Astraea: An Astral-Imperial Myth in Calderón; The Prince in the Tower: Perceptions of "La vida es sueño"; Heavenly Bodies: The Realms of "La Estrella de Sevilla"; A Star-Crossed Golden Age: Myth and the Spanish Comedia; Cervantes, Raphael and the Classics; European Literary Careers: The Author from Antiquity to the Renaissance; Writing for the Eyes in the Spanish Golden Age (2004); Ekphrasis in the Age of Cervantes (2005) and Quixotic Frescoes: Cervantes and Italian Renaissance Art (2006). Most recently he has co-edited Hacia la tragedia áurea: lecturas para un nuevo milenio (2008); Calderon: del manuscrito a la escena (2011) and Objects of Culture in Imperial Spain (in press). The University of Toronto Press has recently published his Ovid in the Age of Cervantes (2010) and Don Quixote Among the Saracens: A Clash of Civilizations and Literary Genres (2011).