Matthew G. Ancell
Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-0305 Fax
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine, 2007
Critical Theory Emphasis
Dissertation: “The Aesthetics of Disfiguration: Skeptical Perspective in Early Modern
Spain and England”
Committee: Jane Newman (co-chair), Victoria Silver (co-chair), Luis Avilés, Julia Lupton
M.A., Spanish Literature, University of California, Irvine, 2001
B.A., Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University, 1998
Graduation with University and Departmental Honors
Honors Thesis: “Blood and Water: Unity in the Gospel of John”
Academic Employment History
Brigham Young University Assistant Professor of Humanities, Fall 2007-Present
Brigham Young University Instructor of Humanities, 2006-07
University of California, Irvine Graduate Student Instructor/Researcher: Departments of
Comparative Literature, English, and Spanish 1999-2006
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
NEH Summer Institute, Leonardo da Vicnci: Between Art and Science. Kunsthistorisches Institut.
Florence, Italy. 2012
General Education Course Enhancement Grant, Brigham Young University (2006).
Summer Dissertation Fellowship, UC Irvine (2005).
Regents’ Dissertation Fellowship, UC Irvine (2005).
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Comparative Literature, UC Irvine (2004).
Humanities Best Graduate Essay Award, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Irvine, “Seeing in Secret:
Poetic Approximations to the (W)hol(l)y Other” (2000).
Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, UC Irvine (1998-99).
Regents’ Tuition Fellowship, UC Irvine (1998-99).
Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Brigham Young University (1997).
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“Este … Cíclope: Góngora’s Polifemo and the Poetics of Disfiguration.” Hispanic Review 79.4
(Autum 2011), 547-72.
Chapters in Books
(Co-authored with Nate Kramer) “Heiberg, the Golden Age, and the Danish Afterlives of Pedro
Calderón de la Barca.” Johan Ludwig Heiberg: Philosopher, Littérateur, Dramaturge, and Political
Thinker. Jon Stewart, ed. Danish Golden Age Studies, vol. 5. Copenhagen: Museum
Tusculanum Press, 2008: 327-56.
Luis de Góngora y Argote, Góngora’s Shorter Poetic Masterpieces in Translation.
Ed. Diane Chaffee-Sorace. Renaissance Quarterly. 64.4 (Winter 2011), 1251-53.
“Perspectival Fig Leaves: The Failure of Representation in Calderón de la Barca’s El pintor de su
deshonra.” Ometeca Working Session. Madrid, Spain. June, 2012.
“The Theology of Painting: Velázquez and the Practice of Theory.” The Renaissance Society of
America Annual Meeting. Washington D.C. March, 2012.
“The Double Hypothesis: Montaigne, Perspective, and the Critique of Monocular Philosophy in
Derrida’s Memoirs of the Blind.” The Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting. Montreal,
Canada. March, 2011.
“Empty Houses”: Non-Spaces in Kim Ki-Duk’s 3 Iron.” The XIXth Congress of the
International Comparative Literature Association. Seoul, South Korea. August, 2010.
“The Poet of Darkness Reborn: Góngora and the Generation of 1927.” The Renaissance Society
of America Annual Meeting. Venice, Italy. April, 2010.
“The Word Made Popular: Mystical Speech in San Juan de la Cruz’s Llama de amor viva” The
Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. April, 2008.
“Calderón, Heiberg, and the German Romantics.” Trans, Pan, Inter: Cultures in Contact. American
Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. Puebla, Mexico. April, 2007.
“Painted Twilight: Anamorphic Monstrosity in Calderón’s La vida es sueño.” The Renaissance
Society of America Annual Meeting. Miami, FL. March, 2007.
“A Heavenly Cyclops or a Human Sky: Góngora’s Polyphemus and Galatea and the Poetics of
Disfiguration.” The Human and its Others. American Comparative Literature Association Annual
Conference. Princeton, NJ. March, 2006.
“Este…cíclope: Góngora’s Polifemo, Mannerism, and the Baroque.” The Renaissance Society of
America Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. March, 2006.
“Unframing Perspective in Don Quijote and Las meninas.” Framing the Quixote. Department of
Spanish and Portuguese, Brigham Young University. October, 2005.
“‘Bloody Sacrifice and Bloodless Oblation’: The Emblematic Mode in Calderón’s El divino
Orfeo.” History, Authority, Performance. The Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Newport
Beach, CA. October, 2003.
“Wounded Metaphors in El laberinto de la soledad.” La crítica y el arte en México. Department of
Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine. May, 2001.
“The Poet as Superman: Laughing Among the Ruins in La nueva novela.” Poetic Discourses at Play.
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine. April, 2001.
“Seeing in Secret: Poetic Approximations to the (W)hol(l)y Other.” Poetic Discourses at Play.
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine. April, 2000.
Andrea Bassett, Honors Thesis, “Monstrous Order: A Study of Monstrosity in Two Plays by
Pedro Calderón de la Barca.” 2008.
Thesis Committee Work
Jared S. White, Spanish MA Thesis (Reader. Gregory Stallings, Chair), “Revealing the Truth in
Antonio Buero Vallejo’s Painterly Plays: El sueño de la razón and Las meninas.” 2008.
Regina O’Shea, French MA Thesis, (Reader. Robert Hudson, Chair), “Queening: Chess and
Women in Medieval and Renaissance France.” 2010.
Humanities Out There (An educational partnership between UCI’s School of Humanities and the
ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged Santa Ana School District.):
Assisted with a workshop on Homer’s Odyssey at Century High School with Professor Julia
Lupton (Winter, 2001).
Participated in designing and presenting a workshop for Latin American literature for Santa Ana
High School (Spring, 2000).
Assistant Editor, La Marca Hispánica, student journal of Hispanic letters (1997-98).
Member, College of Humanities Web Redesign Team, 2007-2009
Member, Ad-hoc committee for Humanities Section Curriculum restructuring, 2009
Member, Ad-hoc committee for Department external review, 2008
Member, Britsch Lecture Committee, 2007-present
Graduate Representative, Library Committee, Department of English and Comparative
Literature, UC Irvine (2003-04).
Introductory lecture for BYU International Cinema film: Derrida! (2002), Oct. 31, 2011.
Discussion session for BYU International Cinema film: Chungking Express (1994), Sept. 24, 2010.
Introductory lecture for BYU International Cinema film: In the Mood for Love (2000), September
Introductory lecture for BYU International Cinema film: Ashes of Time Redux (2008) April 10,
Introductory lecture for BYU Honors Student Advisory Council’s Great Works Symposium Il
Postino (1994) Feb. 12, 2009.
Introductory lecture for BYU International Cinema films: 3 Iron (2005), Willow Tree, and Whisky
Radio Interview on KBYU’s “Thinking Aloud” on the flim Tree of Life (2011), Oct. 2011.
Filmed prologue for BYU International Cinema film: The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), Feb. 2008
Filmed prologue for BYU International Cinema film: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring
(2003), Oct. 2007
Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature, Brigham Young
Arts in Western Culture 1 : Humanities 201, 201H
Arts in Western Culture 2 : Humanities 202, 202H
Baroque Spain : Humanities 420R/620R; Comparative Literature 420R
Milton and Mannerism : Humanities 420R/620R
The Theology of Painting : Humanities 420R/620R
Montaigne and the Skeptical Crisis in Europe: Humanities 490R/690R; Comparative
Literature 490R/690R x1 (with Stan Benfell)
Early Modern Science and the Art: Interdisciplinary Humanities 490R/690R
School of Humanities, UC Irvine:
Honors Thesis Writing Tutor (Graduate Research Assistant, 2005-06).
English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine:
Pastoral and the Civil War: Nature and Second Nature (Teaching Assistant, Fall 2005).
Genre and Medium: Technologies of the Self (Teaching Assistant, Spring 2004).
Comic and Tragic Vision (Instructor, Winter 2004).
The Poetic Imagination (Instructor, Fall 2003).
Composition Program, UC Irvine:
Fundamentals of Composition (Instructor, Fall 2002).
Argument and Research (Instructor, Spring 2002).
Spanish and Portuguese, UC Irvine:
Spanish Fundamentals (Instructor, 6 quarters, 1999-2003).
Intermediate Spanish (Instructor, 8 quarters, 2000-2004, 2006).
Spanish for Reading Knowledge (Instructor, Winter 2002, Spring 2003).
Renaissance Society of America
Modern Language Association
International Comparative Literature Association
American Comparative Literature Association
Eta Sigma Phi
Sigma Delta Pi
Spanish (read, write, speak fluently)
Classical Greek (intermediate reading)
Portuguese (intermediate reading)
French (basic reading)