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The Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture


The Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture, endowed by the Spanish Embassy, celebrates the work of Benito Pérez Galdós (1843-1920), Spain's greatest novelist after Cervantes, and one of the masters of European realism.

In the thirty novels which form the core of his achievement, Galdós bears unique witness to the public and private life of Madrid in the years when it began to be a great modern city. Thrustful, yet accident-prone, shaped by powerful impersonal forces, yet full of intensely human passages of life, Galdós's Madrid is still our kind of city. As one of his finest critics wrote, "he makes us see more clearly when we look around us".

The Spanish Embassy and the University of Sheffield share the hope that the Pérez Galdós Lecture will make that experience available to a widening circle of readers.


The First Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture (1997): Pérez Galdós: The Illusion of Life itself by the Rt Hon Roy Hattersley MP

The Second Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture (1998): Slice of Life or Autonomous Creation? Galdós's Novels within the Realist Tradition by Professor Geoffrey Ribbans (Brown University, USA)

The Third Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture (1999): Sentimental Genetics: The Birth of the Intimate Human Sphere in Narrative (Miau) by Professor Germán Gullón (University of Amsterdam)

The Fourth Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture (2001): Gifts in the Work of Galdós by Professor Rodolfo Cardona (Boston University)

The Fifth Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture (2002): Galdós: Our Contemporary by Professor James Whiston (Trinity College, Dublin)

The Sixth Perez Galdos Lecture (2003): Galdosian Odysseys by Professor Diane Urey (Illinois State University)

The Seventh Pérez Galdós Lecture (2004): "What is the Stars?" Galdós and the Measures of Mankind by Emeritus Professor Nicholas G. Round:

The Eighth Pérez Galdós Lecture: Cervantes in Galdós by Professor Francisco Caudet (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

The Ninth Pérez Galdós Lecture: Galdós and Myth by Professor Eamonn Rodgers (University of Strathclyde)

The Tenth Pérez Galdós Lecture: Galdós as Traveller and Travel Writer by Professor Peter Bly (Queen's University, Canada)

The 2011 (Eleventh) Pérez Galdós Lecture: Galdós and Spanish Cinema by Dr Sally Faulkner (University of Exeter)

The 2012 (Twelfth) Pérez Galdós Lecture: Galdós and 1812 by Dr Stephen Roberts (University of Nottingham) (in .pdf format)

The 2013 (Thirteenth) Pérez Galdós Lecture: by Professor Elisa Martí-Lopez (Northwestern University, USA)

The 2014 (Fourteenth) Pérez Galdós Lecture: by Dr Kirsty Hooper (University of Warwick)

The 2015 (Fifteenth) Pérez Galdós Lecture: by Dr Michael Stannard (University of Exeter)


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