Rafael E. Saumell, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish at SHSU. Born and raised in Cuba. US citizenship (1994). Came to the US on May, 1988. Graduated from the University of Havana (French Linguistics, 1978), and Washington University in St. Louis, MO, with a PH.D. in Spanish (1974). A former radio and TV producer. Has published in several peer-reviewed journals an d in the popular media. Author of two books and another coming soon.  Director of Graduate Studies for the Spanish Program. Corresponding Member of Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española [one of the 22 national academies of the Spanish language.

Current research interests

  • Literary Theory
  • Prison Narratives
  • Human Rights and Literature
  • Latin American Literature

Selected Publications/Works/ Conferences 

2013: La cárcel letrada: narrativa carcelaria cubana. Madrid: Betania, 2012. Print.         

2008: En Cuba todo el mundo canta. Memorias noveladas de un ex preso político. Madrid: Betania, 2008. Print.

Chapter/Entries in Books/Encyclopedia

2015:   Nelson Rodríguez Leyva. El regalo (Cuentos). Introduction Félipe Lázaro. Prólogo Rafael E. Saumell. Epílogo Reinaldo Arenas (Madrid: Editorial Betania, 2015. ISBN: 978-84-8017-361-2.

2014:   “Carpentier, Alejo.” The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Online.

2014:   “Martí, José.” The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Online.

List of courses regularly taught at SHSU

SPAN 3361/4361: Advance grammar and composition

3375: Introduction to Literary Genres

4370: The Literature of Human Rights in Latin America

3368/69: Conversation