Dr Marc Ripley

Marc RipleyTeaching Fellow in Spanish

BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Leicester)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Contact Details

  • Email: mr125@le.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2689
  • Office: 1214
  • Subject: Spanish

Research Summary

Marc completed his PhD thesis, entitled ‘The Best of All Worlds? Representing Space and Belonging in Luis Buñuel’s Mexican Cinema’ in November 2014. His thesis approached the study of Luis Buñuel and that of cinema more widely from a fresh perspective, focusing on the representation of space and questions of belonging, in order to move beyond psychoanalysis and genre analysis, both common in Buñuel studies and Film Studies more generally. Marc has secured a contract with Wallflower Press to publish this research as a book. He is also a guest editor of a special edition of the journal European Comic Art, to which he also contributed an article on Fermín Solís's graphic novel adaptation of Buñuel's Tierra sin pan (1933).

Marc’s other research interests include Hispanic horror cinema, and he is currently researching the presence of foundation myths of nationhood in Jorge Michel Grau’s Somos lo que hay (2010).


  • SP1020/1 Beginners' Spanish Language
  • SP1026 Contemporary Spain (Module leader)
  • SP2010 Post-Advanced Spanish Language (Module leader)
  • SP2030 Federico García Lorca (Module leader)
  • SP2050 European Texts in Translation 2
  • SP3010 Final Year Spanish Translation
  • SP3182 Spanish Horror Cinema (Module leader)


  • Modern Languages Language Coordinator
  • School of Arts Year Abroad tutor (interim role)
  • Organiser of Modern Languages Summer Schools

Publications: Books

Ripley, Marc, A Search for Belonging: The Mexican Cinema of Luis Buñuel (London and New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press) forthcoming 2017 https://cup.columbia.edu/book/a-search-for-belonging/9780231182355

Publications: Edited journals

Blin-Rolland, Armelle, Lecomte, Guillaume and Ripley, Marc (eds.), European Comic Art: special issue on comics and adaptation, 10.1 (Spring, 2017) http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/eca.2017.100102

Publications: Journal articles and book chapters

Ripley, Marc, '"Are we coming to make a documentary or a surrealist film?": Demythifying Luis Buñuel's Tierra sin pan in Fermín Solis's Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas', European Comic Art 10.1 (Spring, 2017) http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/eca.2017.100109

Ripley, Marc, 'Housed nowhere and everywhere shut in: Uncanny dwelling in Luis Buñuel's El ángel exterminador', Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 93:4 (May, 2016), 679-695 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2016.1178508

Ripley, Marc, ‘Panic at the disco? The liminal position in Luis Buñuel’s Simón del desierto’, Hispanic Research Journal, 16:1 (February, 2015), 15-30 http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1468273714Z.000000000109

Ripley, Marc, ‘“Respect the authority of La Zona!”: Gated communities, heterotopia and panopticism in Rodrigo Plá’s La zona’, in Places and Spaces of Monstrosity, ed. by Craig Douglas and Rosalea Monacella (Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2014), pp. 139-48 http://leicester.academia.edu/MarcRipley/Publications

Publications: Book reviews

Ripley, Marc, ‘Luis Buñuel en su archivo: de Los olvidados a Viridiana’, Secuencias. Revista de Historia del Cine, 42 (2015), 175-77 https://revistas.uam.es/secuencias/issue/view/639/showToc

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