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Matthew Wickman


4103 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602



Matthew Wickman is Professor of English and Founding Director of the BYU Humanities Center. His interests include interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies, including in disciplines outside the humanities (e.g., the sciences, mathematics, law, etc.), Scottish literary and intellectual history, British literature of the long eighteenth century, Romanticism, modernism, critical and literary theory, the Enlightenment and its intellectual legacy, the history and morphology of literary forms, and literary and intellectual history. For three years (2009-2012) he held a joint appointment between BYU and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he was Senior Lecturer of Scottish Literature, returning full-time to BYU in 2012 to help launch the Humanities Center.

He is the author of roughly thirty articles and book chapters and two books, The Ruins of Experience: Scotland’s “Romantick” Highlands and the Birth of the Modern Witness (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2007) and Literature After Euclid: The Geometric Imagination in the Long Scottish Enlightenment (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). His current work includes co-editorship of a volume of essays on Walter Scott (forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in 2019) as well as a return to the subject of his first book, experience, by way of a series of essays on the relationship between literature and spirituality (with particular emphasis on experiences that seem ultimate but elusive, authentic but evanescent, purposeful but uncertain).


PhD, UCLA (2000); MA, NYU (1994); BA, BYU (1992)


Interdisciplinary literary studies, Scottish literature, literary theory, intellectual history, enlightenments, romanticisms, modernisms, spiritualities

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