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Lecture: Galdós and 1812

26 November 2012
Benito Pérez Galdós (1843-1920) by Sorolla

As a lifelong liberal, Galdós had a special interest in the Cadiz Constitution of 1812, which he saw as a document that signalled the beginning of political modernity in Spain. It is no surprise, therefore, that he should deal with the Constitution and the world that gave birth to it in one of his early Episodios Nacionales, the novel Cádiz, written in the tumultuous year of 1874.

Dr Stephen Roberts, invited to give the Pérez Galdós Lecture 2012, will consider in his presentation the significance of 1812, the role and function of Galdós’s historical novels, and the unexpectedly complex and ambiguous view of the 1812 Constitution that emerges from the early masterpiece that is Cádiz.

Dr Stephen Roberts, since 1994, has been Lecturer and then Associate Professor and Reader in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is currently completing a book dealing with Miguel de Unamuno’s time in exile (1924-1930).

The Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture, organised by the Hispanic Department at the University of Sheffield and endowed by the Embassy of Spain in London, celebrates the work of Benito Pérez Galdós (1843-1920), Spain's greatest novelist after Cervantes, and one of the masters of European realism.

Humanities Research Institute, Univ. of Sheffield