Gene H. Bell-Villada

Professor of Romance Languages
Hollander Hall Rm 134
At Williams since 1975


B.A. University of Arizona (1963)
M.A. University of California, Berkeley (1967)
Ph.D. Harvard University, Romance Languages (1974)

Areas of Expertise

Latin American Literature and Culture
Comparative Literature
Narrative (novels, short stories, satires)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

RLSP 103(F)

Intensive Intermediate Spanish

COMP 200(S)

European Modernism--and Its Discontents

RLSP 200(S)

Advanced Grammar and Composition through Literature

RLSP 203(F)

From Modernismo to El Boom de la Novela

RLSP 205 / COMP 205

The Latin-American Novel in Translation

RLSP 206

Latin-American Civilizations

RLSP 306 T / COMP 302

Latino Writing: Literature by U.S. Hispanics

RLSP 319

Dictatorship and the Latin-American Novel

RLSP 402

Senior Seminar: Power, Repression, and Dictatorship in the Latin-American Novel

Scholarship/Creative Work

Overseas American: Growing up Gringo in the Tropics, 2005.

Editor, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook, 2002.

Borges and His Fiction: A Guide to his Mind and Art (1981). Second edition, revised and expanded, 2000.

The Pianist Who Liked Ayn Rand: A Novella & 13 Stories, 1998.

Art for Art’s Sake and Literary Life: How Politics and Markets Helped Shape the Ideology and Culture of Aestheticism, 1790-1990, 1996.

García Márquez: The Man and His Work, 1990.

The Carlos Chadwick Mystery –fiction, 1990.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1979

Grant, American Philosophical Society, 1982

Best Book Award for García Márquez: The Man and His Work, New England Council of Latin American Studies, 1991.

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, 1997, for “Art for Art’s Sake and Literary Life.”

Previous Posts

Professor, SUNY-Binghamton, 1971- 73

Professor, Yale University, 1973- 74

Visiting Professor, Wellesley College, 1984-5 and 1989-90

Director in Residence, Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain, 1986-87 and 1995-96