Matthew Ancell

Associate Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters

3029 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Montaigne’s Essays provide me with a model—not of teaching as such, but rather, of a philosophical position that informs my approach to teaching. Montaigne’s philosophical method is unsystematic, un-dogmatic, and adaptable. He acknowledges that the self is all that we can know for certain, but it is constantly in a state of flux. When unsure of something, we can rely upon convention, but if something is not working, we should experiment and look for a better way.


The Baroque in Spain and Italy. Calderón de la Barca. Deconstruction. Philosophical skepticism.

Selected Publications

“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.


Comparative Literature Section Head.

Citizenship assignments

BYU International Cinema co-director.
Comparative Literature Section Head.