Michael Call

Associate Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters

3039 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I believe that every student of mine, if willing to put in time and sincere effort, should be able to succeed in my class, that is, achieve the learning outcomes and develop the skills that the class is aiming to build. This implicit contract, I feel, obligates me to do all I can to facilitate and encourage student learning, and the constant adaptation that this requires makes teaching demanding and exhilarating.


My principal area of research is the literature and culture of 17th-century France. Much of my work has centered on the playwright Molière, examining in particular the transition of his works from stage to page. I am also interested in the evolving notions of authorship in early modern Europe and the history of the book. Recent research has involved the changing notions of chance in the early modern period and the repercussions in popular culture, particularly theater.

Selected Publications

  • The Would-Be Author: Molière and the Comedy of Print. Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures 63. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2015
  • “Of Sceptics and Spectators: Les Amants magnifiques and the Wonders of Disenchantment.” Early Modern French Studies 40.2 (2018): 166-178.
  • “Comedic Wars, Serious Moralists: Genre, Gender, and Molière’s L’École des femmes.” Yale French Studies 130: Guilty Pleasures: Theater, Piety and Morality in 17th-Century France, Joseph Harris and Julia Prest, eds, 2016.
  • “Fortuna Goes to the Theater: Lottery Comedies in Seventeenth-Century France.” French Forum 40.1 (Winter 2015): 1-15.
  • “Alceste at the Print Shop: Publication and Authorship in Molière’s Le Misanthrope.” Romanic Review 104 (January-March 2013): 65-82.


As an alumnus of the BYU Humanities undergraduate program, I am grateful for the opportunity to give back and help students in the same way that I was benefitted. I am also excited to represent the university in my field as I interact with colleagues and peers at other institutions.

Citizenship assignments

  • President, North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, 2018-2019
  • Conference organizer, “Enchantement et désillusion en France au XVIIe siècle,” North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 16-18, 2019
  • Panel co-organizer, “Death and Mourning,” Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 10-12, 2019
  • Student Symposium Coordinator, Department of Comparative Arts and Letters, Brigham Young University, 2018 to present
  • Honors Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Humanities section, 2010 to present