Shifra Armon

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
2017 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Armon received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her book project titled “Staging Curiosity: Skepticism, and Science on the Spanish Stage, 1650-1750.” She traveled to Spain for archival research on late seventeenth-century drama and ways of knowing.

She devoted time in Madrid to general reading in the field of 18th-century Spanish theater, especially Andioc (1987), Arellano (2001), and various articles that examine the background of playwrights after Calderón, and that elucidate the polemics surrounding them. I was surprised to learn, for example, that at least two of these, J. B. Diamante and F. de Zárate, were of Jewish descent. She also identified and selected bibliographic sources related to 18th-century Spanish theater. She also read primary source plays accessed through Sala Cervantes (Rare Books).