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Gustavo Pellón

Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature



New Cabell Hall 463

Office Hours:

Spring Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm and by appt


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

  • BA in History and Comparative Literature, Brown University


Professor Pellón’s major fields of teaching and research are the contemporary novel in Latin America, literary theory, and translation.  He has published a book on the Cuban poet and novelist Lezama entitled: José Lezama Lima’s Joyful Vision, 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, A History of Literature in the Caribbean, the Encyclopedia of Slavery and to the Encyclopedia of Cuba. Monte Ávila Editores in Caracas published the translation of his book on Lezama, La visión jubilosa de José Lezama Lima.


Pellón is the translator of short stories by Horacio Quiroga, Juan Bosch, Augusto Roa Bastos, and José Alcántara Almánzar among others. He also has translated Mariano Azuela’s Los de abajo published as The Underdogs: Pictures and Scenes from the Present Revolution ( Hackett Publishing Company, September 2006); The U.S.-Mexican War: A Binational Reader (Hackett Publishing Company, 2010); Mempo Giardinelli's novel An Impossible Balance, (Juan de la Cuesta, 2010).  Presently he is working on a translation of Martín Luis Guzmán's novel La sombra del Caudillo and José Martí's novel Lucía Jerez.


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; Faculty Coordinator, Maya K'iche'
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
Anne Garland Mahler
Assistant 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 and Comparative Literature
Randolph  Pope
Commonwealth Professor of Spanish
Joel Rini
Professor of Spanish and Department Chair
Charlotte Rogers
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Emily Scida
Professor of Spanish and Language Program Director, Spanish (1010-2020 courses)
Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
Adrienne Ward
Associate Professor of Italian
Alison Weber
Professor of Spanish