Emilio Bejel

Emilio Bejel

Position Title
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish



EMILIO BEJEL, poet, critic, and narrator, was born in Manzanillo, Cuba, and has lived in the United States since the 1960s. He received his B.A. from the University of Miami, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish and Spanish American literature from Florida State University (Tallahassee). In 1997 he was a member of the jury for the Casa de las Américas Literary Prize. He has published several books of literary and cultural criticism, among them Literatura de Nuestra AméricaLa subversión de la semióticaJosé Lezama Lima, Poet of the ImageGay Cuban Nation, and José Martí: Images of Memory and Mourning; as well as several poetry collections, the latest two of them are Casas deshabitadas and El libro regalado. He has also published three versions of an autobiographical narrative: The Write Way Home. A Cuban-American Story (translated into English by Professor Stephen Clark), El horizonte de mi piel (in Spanish), and O Horizonte da Minha Pele (in Portuguese). At the present time he is distinguished professor of Latin American Studies of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California at Davis, where he chaired that department from 2003 to 2008.


  • Ph.D., Florida State University


  • Spanish-American literature and culture
  • Critical theory
  • Lezama Lima
  • Martí
  • Arenas


  • Spanish 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism
  • Spanish 157: 20th Century Masters in Spanish American Literature
  • Spanish 201: Critical Theory
  • Spanish 274: Gender Transgressions in Latin American Culture


Current Interest: José Martí's iconicity within the Cuban national narrative; the relationship between autobiography, confession, and psychoanalysis in Latin American literature and culture; Queer issues.