Frederick de Armas
- Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities
- Department Chair, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
Frederick A de Armas studies how Italian Renaissance Art impacted the literature and culture of Spain during the seventeenth century, focusing in particular on Cervantes's Don Quixote and Lope de Vega's theater. He also works on the politics of astrology; magic and the Hermetic tradition; ekphrasis; and the interconnections between myth and empire during the rule of the Habsburgs. He has served as Vice President (2003-06) and then President (2006-09) of the Cervantes Society of America. His books and edited collections include: The Invisible Mistress: Aspects of Feminism andFantasy in the Golden Age; The Return of Astraea: AnAstral-Imperial Myth in Calderon; The Prince in the Tower:Perceptions of "La vida es sueno"; Heavenly Bodies: The Realmsof "La Estrella de Sevilla" ; A Star-Crossed Golden Age: Mythand the Spanish Comedia; and Cervantes, Raphael and the Classics. Since 2000 he has published or edited the following books: European Literary Careers: The Author from Antiquity to the Renaissance (2002); Writing for the Eyes in the Spanish Golden Age (2004); Ekphrasis in the Age of Cervantes (2005); Quixotic Frescoes: Cervantes and Italian Renaissance Art (2006) and Hacia la tragedia Aurea: Lecturas para un nuevo milenio (2008). His collection, Ovid in the Age of Cervantes, will be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2010.