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Consultant Director Professor Nicholas G. Round
Consultant Director Professor Geoffrey W. Ribbans
Director of Research Dr Rhian Davies
PhD Student Inmaculada Ridao Carlini


Nicholas Round

Professor Nicholas Round is a graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford University, where he later obtained a DPhil. From 1962 to 1972 he taught Spanish first as Lecturer and then as Reader at Queen's University, Belfast, before going to the University of Glasgow for 22 years as Stevenson Professor of Hispanic Studies. He came to Sheffield as Hughes Professor of Hispanic Studies in 1994. In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He was Director of Research for the Pérez Galdós Editions Project between 1996 and 2003 and Presidente of the Asociación de galdosistas (the AIG) in 1999.

He has published widely on Galdós and other early modern novelists. He has translated Torquemada en la hoguera (Torquemada in the Fire (Glasgow, 1985) and the play Realidad (Broadcast, BBC Radio 4, 1975).

His articles on Galdós include:

  • 'Rosalía Bringas's Children', Anales Galdosianos, 6 (1971), 43-50
  • 'Time and Torquemada: Three Notes on Galdosian Chronology', Anales Galdosianos, 6 (1971), 79-97
  • 'Galdós's Realidad: Novel into Drama', Forum for Modern Language Studies, 20 (1984), 30-48
  • 'Villaamil's Three Lives', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 62 (1986), 19-32
  • 'The Fictional Plenitude of Angel Guerra', in Galdós's House of Fiction Papers Given at the Birmingham Galdós Colloquim, ed. A.H. Clarke and E.J. Rodgers (Lllangrannog: Dolphin, 1991), pp.143-67
  • 'Predictable Fictions: Reflections on Galdós and Some Others', in On Reasoning and Realism. Three Easy Pieces (University of Manchester, 1991), pp.25-50
  • 'Overstepping the Mark: Rayuela and Lo prohibido', ibid., pp.51-66
  • Review article: C. Menéndez Onrubia, Introducción al teatro de Benito Pérez Galdós, Anales Galdosianos, 21 (1986-92), 291-93
  • 'Misericordia: Galdosian Realism's 'Last Word', in A Sesquicentennial Tribute to Galdós 1843-1993, ed. Linda M. Willem (Newark, 1993), pp.155-72

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Geoffrey Ribbans

Professor Geoffrey Ribbans graduated from The King's College, London. He lectured at Queen's University of Belfast, the University of St Andrews and the University of Sheffield before being appointed Gilmour Professor of Spanish at the University of Liverpool. He left Liverpool in 1978 to take up his current position as William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He was appointed Honorary Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield in 1994 and became the Project's Consultant Director in April 1996. In May 1998 he came to Sheffield to give the Second Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture.

Professor Ribbans is the English-speaking world's leading galdosista. He has written a number of books on Galdós, including:

  • Conflicts and conciliations: the evolution of Galdós's "Fortunata y Jacinta" (West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, 1997)
  • Benito Pérez Galdós, 'Fortunata y Jacinta' (A critical guide, London, 1977)
  • History and Fiction in Galdós's Narratives (Oxford, 1993)

    His articles on Galdós include:
  • 'Woman as Scapegoat: The Case of Galdós' Ángel Guerra', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, LXXVI (1999), 487-97
  • 'Ricardo Gullón and the Novels of Galdós', Anales Galdosianos, 3 (1968), 163-68
  • 'Contemporary History in the Structure and Characterization of Fortunata y Jacinta', in Galdós Studies, ed. J.E. Varey (London, 1970)
  • 'La figura Villaamil en Miau', in Actas del Primer Congreso Internacional de Estudios Galdosianos (Las Palmas, 1977), pp.97-118
  • 'El carácter de Mauricia la Dura en la estructura de Fortunata y Jacinta', in Actas del Quinto Congreso Internacional de Hispanistas (Bordeaux, 1974) , ed. M. Chevalier et al (Bordeaux, 1977), II, pp.713-21
  • 'Historia novelada and novela histórica: The Use of Historical Incidents from the Reign of Isabella II in Galdós's Episodios and Novelas contemporáneas', in Hispanic Studies in Honour of Frank Pierce, ed. John England Sheffield, 1980), pp.133-47
  • 'The Portrayal of Queen Isabella II in Galdós's Episodios and Novelas contemporáneas', in La Chispa '81: Selected Proceeedings (New Orleans, 1981), pp.277-86
  • 'La historia como debiera ser: Galdós's Speculations on Nineteenth-century Spanish History', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 59 (1982), 267-74
  • 'En torno al pluralismo crítico en Fortunata y Jacinta', in Actas del Congreso Internacional de Semiótica e Hispanismo (Madrid, 1986), pp.381-88
  • 'Galdós's Literary Presentations of the Interregnum Reign of Amadeo and the First Republic (1868-74)', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 63 (1986), 1-7
  • Reality Plain or Fancy? Some Reflections on the Realism of Galdós's Novels, E. Allison Peers Lectures, I (Liverpool, 1986)
  • 'The Restauración in the Novels and Episodios of Galdós', Anales Galdosianos, 21 (1986)
  • 'Feijóo: Policeman, Inventor, Egotist, Failure?', Anales Galdosianos, 21 (1987)
  • 'Dos paseos de Fortunata por Madrid y su integración dentro de la estructura de la novela', Hispania, 70 (1987), 740-45
  • '¿Historia novelada o novela histórica? Las diversas estrategias en el tratamiento de la historia de las Novelas contemporáneas y los Episodios nacionales', in Galdós y la historia, ed. Peter A. Bly (Ottawa, 1988), pp.167-86
  • 'El papel de Segismundo Ballester en Fortunata y Jacinta', La Torre, II, no.5 (1988), 103-11
  • 'La personalidad de Maxi Rubín según el manuscrito de Fortunata y Jacinta en Harvard', in Actas del Congreso Galdosiano: Centenario de 'Fortunata y Jacinta' (Madrid, 1989), pp.591-97
  • 'Galdós's View of the Bourbon Restoration in Cánovas', in Studies in Honor of Bruce W. Wardropper, ed. Dian Fox et al (Newark, 1989), pp.221-36
  • Doña Perfecta: Yet Another Ending', Modern Language Notes, 105 (1990), 203-25
  • 'Social Document or Narrative Discourse? Some Aspects of Recent Galdós Criticism', in Galdós's House of Fiction, ed. A. Clarke and E. Rodgers (Oxford, 1991), pp.58-83
  • 'The Making of a Minor Character: Galdós's Plácido Estupiñá', Symposium, 46 (1992), 147-57
  • 'How Galdós and Baroja Treat History: The Murder of Police-Chief Chico in 1854', Forum for Modern Language Studies, 29 (1993), 165-74
  • 'Notes on the Narrator in Fortunata y Jacinta', in A Sesquicentennial Tribute to Galdós 1843-1993, ed. Linda Willem (Baltimore, 1993), 97-113 'Amparando/desamparando a Amparo: Some Reflexions on El Doctor Centeno and Tormento', Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 17 (1993), 495-524
  • 'Una creación galdosiana - Teresa Villaescusa - entre la historia y la ficción', in Actas de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas (24-30 August 1992), ed. Juan Villegas (Irvine, 1994), II, 113-21
  • 'Unas apostillas más a Rufete y Canencia', Anales Galdosianos, 29-30 (1994/95), 101-03
  • 'Los Episodios Nacionales', Estudio preliminar to Benito Pérez Galdós, Episodios Nacionales I y II: Trafalgar y La corte de Carlos IV, ed. Dolores Troncoso (Barcelona, 1995)
  • 'The Unreliable Narrator Revisited: The Case of Galdós's Lo prohibido', in Word in Time: Poetry, Narrative, Translation (Essays for Arthur Terry on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday), ed. by Leon Burnett (Colchester, 1997), pp.179-206

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Rhian DaviesDr Rhian Davies graduated from The Queen's College, Oxford University in 1990. After working as a translator for the Civil Service in London, she returned to Oxford to work on a DPhil under the supervision of Dr John Rutherford ('La España Moderna: the cultural review and Spain, 1889-1914)'. She was a Laming Junior Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford from 1994-96 before moving to Sheffield to take up the post of HEFCE/HRB Institutional Fellow for the Galdós Editions Project in 1996. She became became Director of Research for the Project in 2003 and is now Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Her publications on Galdós include:

  • Galdós y Lázaro: una breve y fructífera colaboración (1889-91) (Madrid: Fundación Lázaro Galdiano/Oller y Ramos, 2002)

  • 'Civilization and Barbarity in the Torquemada Novels’, in Studies in Honor of Vernon Chamberlin, ed. Mark Harpring (Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 2011), 49-64

  • ‘«La Ciudad Imperial »: Toledo en la obra periodística y novelística de Galdós’, in Actas del IX Congreso Internacional de estudios galdosianos (Las Palmas: Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria, 2011), pp.571-83

  • ‘Galdós y la prensa: hacia una revisión crítica de la mina inagotable’, in Actas del VIII Congreso Internacional de estudios galdosianos (Las Palmas: Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria, 2009), pp.509-19

  • Literary encyclopaedia entry on Benito Pérez Galdós (published 14 December 2009) http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5489

  • Regeneración and Philosophy in the Torquemada Novels’, in The Place of Argument: Essays in Honour of Nicholas G. Round, ed by Rhian Davies and Anny Brooksbank Jones (Woodbridge: Tamesis books, 2007), pp.86-102

  • 'The Manuscript of Torquemada en la Cruz: A Stage in a Creative Process', in New Galdós Studies, ed. Nicholas Round(London: Tamesis, 2003), pp.43-58

  • 'The Background to Torquemada en la hoguera', Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Glasgow), LXXVI (1999), 399-413

  • 'The Pérez Galdós Editions Project: Creating Electronic Scholarly Editions' (Publication following a one-day conference on 'Teaching European Literature and Culture with C&IT (Communication and Information Technologies)' organised by the CTI, Oxford.University of Oxford). This paper can be viewed on the Web at: http://info.ox.ac.uk/ctitext/publish/occas/eurolit/davies.html. A printed version is also available from the CTI, Oxford.

  • 'Towards the modern reader: the uses of IT in editing the novels of Galdós', in Digital Evidence: Selected Papers from DRH 2000, edited by Michael Fraser, Nigel Williamson and Marilyn Deegan, OHC 14 (London: Offices for Humanities Communication, 2001), pp.169-78

  • 'Teaching Students to Read: The Uses of IT in Studying the Novels of Benito Pérez Galdós', Languages and Linguistics and Area Studies Subject Centre C&IT Supplement, ed. Janet Bartle (Southampton: CILT, 2002), pp.12-14
  • 'Editar los manuscritos de Benito Pérez Galdós en CD-Rom', Cuadernos Cervantes de la lengua española, 15 (July-August 1997), 51-53

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