Matthew Ancell

Matthew Ancell

Associate Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters

3029 JFSB



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Commonly taught courses

Hum 201, 202 Western Humanities

iHum 350 Critical Theory

Hum/CL 420R/620R Baroque Spain

Hum 420R/620R Milton and Art

Hum 420R/620R “The Theology of Painting”: Renaissance and Baroque Perspectives

Hum/CL 420R/620R Montaigne and the Skeptical Crisis in Early Modern Europe

iHum 490R/690R Early Modern Science and Art

iHum 490R The Body in the Renaissance

Comparative Studies 610 The Pensive Image


Associate Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature


MA, Spanish Literature, U. of California, Irvine

PhD, Comparative Literature, U. of Calfornia, Irvine


The Baroque in Spain and Italy. Montaigne and Early Modern Skepticism. Deconstruction.

Selected Publications

“Daedalean Epistemology: Staging the Labyrinth of Knowledge in Calderón’s Los tres mayores prodigios and Velázquez’s Las Hilanderas.” Theater by Numbers: Science on the Stage in Early Modern Spain. Enrique García Santo-Tomás, Ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019: 231-49.

Credo Ergo Sum: Faith, Blindness, and Pictorial Logic in Derrida’s Memoirs of the Blind.” Oxford Art Journal. 37.2 (June 2014), 193-210.

“Perspectival Fig Leaves: The Failure of Representation in Calderón de la Barca’s El pintor de su deshonra.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. 48.2 (June 2014), 255-84.

 “Painted Twilight: Anamorphic Monstrosity in Calderón’s La vida es sueño.” Renaissance Drama. 42.1 (Spring 2014), 57-90.

“The Theology of Painting: Velázquez and the Picturing of Philosophy.” The Comparatist. 37 (May 2013), 156-68.

“Este … Cíclope: Góngora’s Polifemo and the Poetics of Disfiguration.” Hispanic Review. 79.4 (Autumn 2011), 547-72.