Lecture by Dr. Gustavo Pellón

Where Campus Center, 105, Strite Conference Room

Duration 1 hour 30 minutes

Translating the first novel of the Mexican Revolution Los de abajo [The Underdogs]

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).

Sponsored by the Language & Literature Department

Intended Audience General Public

Tags MULTICULTURAL, Intellectual Life

Contact Information

Name Language & Literature Dept

Phone # 540.432.4168