Gene H. Bell-Villada

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Harry C. Payne 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)

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