Professor Geoffrey Ribbans

Professor Geoffrey Ribbans graduated from The King's College, London. He lectured at the universities of Belfast, St Andrews and Sheffield before being appointed Gilmour Professor of Spanish at the University of Liverpool. He left Liverpool in 1978 to take up the position as William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA., retiring from full-time duties there twenty years later.

He was appointed Honorary Professor of Hispanic Studies in the University of Sheffield in 1994 and became the Galdós Editions Project's Consultant Director in April 1996. He spends part of each year in Sheffield, and is a frequent and welcome visitor to the Department. His wide-ranging scholarship has established him as an outstanding critic both of canonical authors of the early modern period (Galdós, Unamuno, Bécquer, Machado) and in less expected fields (including Catalan).


His publications on Galdós include:

  • 'Fortunata y Jacinta': A Critical Guide (London: Grant & Cutler, 1977)
  • History and Fiction in Galdós's Narratives (Oxford: OUP, 1993)
  • Conflicts and Conciliations: The Evolution of Galdós" Fortunata y Jacinta (West Lafayette: Purdue U.P., 1997)