Ignacio Javier López

Office Location: 
512 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Spring 2023: Tuesdays 12-2pm Wednesday 12-1pm and By appointment
(215) 898-3065
(215) 898-0933
Edwin B. and Leonore R. Williams Professor
Professor and Chair

Ignacio Javier López is the Edwin B. and Leonore R. Williams Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. His research covers different areas of the modern period, including topics on Romanticism, Spanish narrative of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Surrealism (Prados, Larrea, Dalí and Buñuel), contemporary poetry and Spanish Post-modernity. His work has been published in eminent journals such as Boletín de la Real Academia Española, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Diacritics, Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista Hispánica Moderna, and Romanische Forschungen. 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; revised 3rd ed. [in progress]); 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). A member of the Penn faculty since 1990, he served as chair of Romance Languages for a decade and a half. He is the first chair of the newly created Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 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. As an editor, he directed the Hispanic Review for fifteen years.