Maria Rippon

Maria Rippon

Associate Professor of Spanish

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Maria Rippon grew up in the suburbs of New York City with a passion for reading, writing, and languages. She graduated summa cum laude from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began teaching Spanish language and literature classes as a graduate student while specializing in nineteenth-century novels and philosophy. After leaving Chapel Hill in 1997, she taught at Gannon University and Cabrini College in Pennsylvania before moving to the Charleston area to teach at The Citadel. She has been teaching language, literature, civilization, and first-year writing classes at Furman since 2005. Since 2013, she has been teaching, with her sister the surgical oncologist, a May X class entitled Beginner Medical Spanish, which led her to develop a four-credit, semester-long class on Medical Spanish (SPN 302). She has been researching, presenting, and authoring articles on the novels of Mercedes Salisachs since 2008 and has translated one of her novels to English. While she enjoys all great books, her recent work has focused on metafictional novels, historical fiction, and utopian literature.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Mount Saint Mary's College


  • Medical Spanish
  • Metafiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Narratives of crisis of faith
  • Nineteenth and twentieth-century narratives and philosophies
  • Twentieth-century Peninsular literature
  • Spanish Civilization
  • Immigration
  • Narratology
  • Translation



  • Judgment and Justification in the Nineteenth-Century Novel of Adultery, Greenwood Press (2002)


  • "The Privileged Perspectives of Queen Victoria Eugenia in Spanish Historical Fiction of the Twenty-first Century.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (2019)
  • "'Ni novela ni nivola': The Purpose of Metafiction in Niebla and Los invisibles,” Hispanófila (January 2019)
  • "The Spiritual Bildung in Carmen Laforet and Mercedes Salisachs," L'Erudit franco-espagnol (December 2014)
  • "From Devotion to Disillusionment: The Changing Face of Penelope from Homer to Buero to Miras," Neohelicon (2013)
  • "Ideas of Hope and Fatality in Allende's La casa de los espíritus," Postscript (1998)
  • "The Battle of the Bulge," an original short story, and 3 short poems, Lighted Corners (1991)

Additional Professional Activities 

  • Placement Coordinator for Modern Languages
  • Director of the Modern Language Center