Matthieu P. Raillard

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Matthieu Raillard joined the faculty at Lewis & Clark in 2004, after completing a PhD at the University of Virginia.  He was born in Algeria, raised in France, and educated in the United States.

He specializes in Peninsular Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Prof. Raillard has written articles on the erotic literature of the Spanish enlightenment, the aesthetic theory of the sublime in Spanish Romanticism, the Spanish Republic of Letters, the relationship between France and Spain in the late eighteenth century, as well as Mariano Jose de Larra’s narrative strategies.  He has also published on the notion of Translatio imperii in eighteenth-century Spain, Romantic satanism, as well as on the concepts of silence, solitude and friendship in late eighteenth-century Spanish literature.

His work has been published in leading journals such as Dieciocho, Revista de estudios hispánicos, Decimonónica, L’Érudit franco-espagnol, Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies and Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture. He has also collaborated on the Cambridge History of Spanish Literature, Diccionario de críticos literarios del Siglo XIX, Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism and contributed a chapter to Perversiones decimonónicas.  Prof. Raillard regularly serves as a book reviewer for Dieciocho and other journals, and was the sub-field editor of Spanish Books for Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography.  He has recently published a chapter in Protest in the Eighteenth Century (Routledge),  has a forthcoming essay in Miríada Hispánica on erotic poetry, and is working on a chapter on the concept of night in eighteenth-century Spanish poetry for the collection Enlightened Nightscapes.

His teaching experience covers all levels of language and literature instruction, and he has directed undergraduate independent study courses and Honors Theses.


Eighteenth-Century Spanish Literature

Academic Credentials

PhD 2004, MA 2000 University of Virginia, BA 1998 Colgate University


FA 2021: SPAN 102; SPAN 446

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies - 2010 to present

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies - 2004 to 2010


Administrative Work:

Chair, World Languages and Literatures Dept.: 2017-2020

Head of Spanish Section - 2009-2011; 2015-2017

Chair, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature - SP 2012

Chair of Latin American Studies - SP 2013

Location: Miller Hall