Susan Shoshan Abraham

PhD Candidate
New Cabell Hall 458
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Ph.D. Spanish, University of Virginia (in progress)

M.A. Romance Languages and Literatures (Spanish), University of Michigan (2016)

B.A. Hispanic Studies & Environmental Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University (2008)

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Iberian literature 
  • Morisco textual production
  • Poetic and didactic narratives
  • Mediterranean Studies 
  • North African Studies 
  • Islamic Theology

Research Project

My research focuses on representations and discussions of truth, falsehood, and authority in early modern (namely seventeenth-century) Morisco textual production. The central question I explore is what this preoccupation with truth and authority reveals about the symbolic function of Morisco manuals of faith and the ways their creators thought, taught, and imagined their history in the midst of their exile. My work tackles these epistemological questions through a framework and methodology that combines medieval Islamic and Christian rhetoric, as well as current theoretical debates in literary, religious, and Mediterranean studies.