A professor of literary history with interests in the areas on the Modern and Contemporary culture of Spain, Ignacio Javier López's research includes topics on Romanticism, the modern period, Surrealism (Prados, Larrea, Dalí and Buñuel), and Spanish Post-modernity. He is the author of six books on the modern Spanish novel: Caballero de novela (1986); Realismo y ficción (1989); Galdós y el arte de la prosa (1993); Pedro A. de Alarcón (2008); Revolución, Restauración y novela (2012); and, La novela ideológica, 1875-1880 (2014). He prepared critical editions with extensive introductory studies of Emilia Pardo Bazán’s La madre Naturaleza (1992); Emilio Prados’ Jardín cerrado (1995); Guillermo Carnero’s Dibujo de la muerte (1998, revised 2nd ed. 2010); Pedro A. de Alarcón’s El escándalo (2012) and El Niño de la Bola (2013); and Benito Pérez Galdós’ Gloria (2011), Doña Perfecta (2016), and Las novelas de Torquemada (2019). He has been a member of the standing faculty at Penn since 1990 serving as chair of the Department of Romance Languages for a decade and a half. Currently he is the General Editor of the Hispanic Review, a position he held in the past for nine years. Before coming to Penn he was a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia. He had visiting appointments at Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Villanova, Bryn Mawr in the United States, and Seoul National University in South Korea.
Ignacio Javier López
Professor of Spanish; Chair
General Editor, Hispanic Review