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Gustavo Pellón

Gustavo Pellón

Associate Professor of Spanish



New Cabell Hall 463

Office Hours:

Mon & Wed 11:00 - 12:00 by appt.


Gustavo Pellón CV


  • PhD in Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Binghamton

  • BA in History and Comparative Literature, Brown University


Gustavo Pellón is Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. He was born in Cuba and received his B.A. in History and Comparative Literature from Brown University (1975) and his Ph.D.in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton (1981).


Professor Pellón’s major field of teaching and research is the contemporary novel in Latin America, and he is currently writing about new trends in the novel of the ’80s and ’90s and the relationship of art and mass media culture. He has published a book on the Cuban poet and novelist Lezama entitled: José Lezama Lima’s Joyful Vision (1989), and many articles on leading Latin American writers including Gabriel García Márquez, Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, José Martí, and Julio Cortázar. Professor Pellón has contributed chapters to The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature (1996), A History of Literature in the Caribbean (1994), the Encyclopedia of Slavery (1998) and to the Encyclopedia of Cuba (2003). Monte Ávila Editores in Caracas published the translation of his book on Lezama, La visión jubilosa de José Lezama Lima (2005).


He has translated short stories by Horacio Quiroga, Juan Bosch, Augusto Roa Bastos, and José Alcántara Almánzar among others. He has also translated novels by the Argentine writer Mempo Giardinelli and the Chilean Luis Sepúlveda. His latest effort in this area is a re-translation of Mariano Azuela’s Los de abajo published as The Underdogs (September 2006).


The U.S.-Mexican War: A Binational Reader

(Hackett Publishing Company, 2010)

Mempo Giardinelli, An Impossible Balance,

(Juan de la Cuesta, 2010)

Department Faculty

Andrew Anderson
Professor of Spanish
Allison  Bigelow
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Eli Carter
Assistant Professor of Portuguese
Enrico Cesaretti
Associate Professor of Italian
E. Michael Gerli
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
David T. Gies
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
María-Inés Lagos
Professor of Spanish
Guillermo Martinez
Visiting Professor of Spanish
Fernando Operé
Professor of Spanish
Ricardo Padrón
Associate Professor of Spanish
Deborah Parker
Professor of Italian
Gustavo Pellón
Associate Professor of Spanish
Randolph  Pope
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
Joel Rini
Professor of Spanish and Department Chair
Emily Scida
Associate Professor of Spanish
Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics & Philology
Adrienne Ward
Associate Professor of Italian
Alison Weber
Professor of Spanish