John Macklin is Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Glasgow and Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster. He graduated with First Class Honours in French and Spanish from Queen’s University, Belfast, where he was also awarded his PhD for a thesis on the work of Ramón Pérez de Ayala. He started his career as Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, in the University of Hull, where he became Head of the Department of Hispanic Studies. In 1987 he was appointed Cowdray Professor of Spanish at the University of Leeds. Following a period as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Leeds and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Paisley, he returned to Hispanic Studies in 2006 as Professor of Spanish at the University of Strathclyde.
Professor Macklin’s main research interests are in the fields of early twentieth-century fiction, especially Modernism, and contemporary Spanish narrative. Among his principal publications in these areas are: Ramón Pérez de Ayala: Tigre Juan and El curandero de su honra (1980), The Window and the Garden: The Modernist Fictions of Ramón Pérez de Ayala (1988) and, with Judith Drinkwater and Ruth Christie, The Scripted Self: Textual Identities in Contemporary Spanish Narrative (1995). He has also co-authored a language text ¡Qué bien!, a bilingual edition of three of Cervantes’ Exemplary Novels, a bilingual edition of Miguel de Unamuno’s Abel Sánchez, and edited two volumes in the Leeds Iberian Papers series. In addition, he is the author of numerous articles on, among others, Pérez Galdós, Mariano Azuela, Baroja, Unamuno, Azorín, Cela, Paloma Díaz-Mas, Alfonso Sastre, Buero Vallejo, as well as the Portuguese dramatists Almeida Garrett and Sttau Monteiro. He has also written extensively on questions of Realism and Modernism in Spain and on twentieth-century Spanish fiction. Professor Macklin has spoken at many conferences and universities in the UK, Ireland, Spain, the United States and South America, and in 1992 brought to Leeds the first Instituto Cervantes in the UK.
In 1994 Professor Macklin was made a Comendador de la Orden de Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos for his services to Spanish studies. In 2007 he was elected an Académico Correspondiente de la Real Academia Alfonso X el Sabio.