Academic Affairs

José R. Vilahomat, Ph.D.

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José R. Vilahomat, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

He/Him/His Fausett Hall Office 1, second floor (501) 450-45 94


José Ramón Vilahomat González was born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. His family settled in a Havana suburb in 1962, where he lived until he was 27 years old. In 1978, Vilahomat began a physics degree at the University of Havana, where he later worked for eight years as a planar technician, building silicon solar cells and in charge of scientific literature in a laboratory of the Solid State Department. Vilahomat combined his years in the lab with a new career in philology that was more in line with his love of poetry and creative writing. During his college years, he was an accomplished swimmer.

Vilahomat graduated in 1992 in philology with a specialization in Cuban literature and a thesis on the Cuban writer Ezequiel Vieta. After defecting from Cuba in 1994, he completed a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Spanish, both at Florida International University, with a dissertation on aesthetic issues in Borges and Lezama. Some of Vilahomat's work experience includes being a librarian at the cultural institution "Casa de las Americas" in Havana, a high school science teacher with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a professional printer, a translator, an editor, and a photojournalist.

Dr. Vilahomat teaches courses on modernism and vanguardism, the Latin American boom, and seminars on Borges and Lezama. He specializes in new trends in current literature. Among his publications are a book on aesthetic issues in Borges and Lezama, a study of genre in new trends, and four poetry books.

Scholarly Publications

Sátira y géneros menores : apuntes sobre literatura latinoamericana contemporánea. Madrid/Frankfurt a. M.: Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 2021

Ficción de racionalidad: La memoria como operador mítico en las estéticas polares de Jorge Luis Borges y José Lezama Lima Newark: Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs. 2004.

"Construcción paródica del paisaje policial en Máscaras de Leonardo Padura Fuentes" [ The Parodic Making of Crime Fiction Landscape in Máscaras by Leonardo Padura FuentesArgus-a . Vol. VIII Edición N° 32 (June 2019). California - U.S.A. / Bs. As.- Argentina.

"Distopía, parodia, utopía: repensando México a través de  Rumbo  y  Leyenda ."  Argus-a Artes & Humanidades , Argentina/California, V. 21 (Julio 2016).

"Margen genérico y tema antisocial: una respuesta fragmentaria a un universo fractal."  Argus-a Artes & Humanidades , Argentina/California, II. 6 (Octubre 2012).

"Sátira menipea en trayecto: La literatura latinoamericana actual vuelve a los orígenes."  Pterodáctilo:Revista de Arte, Literatura y Lingüística , The University of Texas at Austin. Fall; 9 (2010): 1-25.

"Sátira híbrida y sujeto menipeo: la literatura cubana y latinoamericana actual."  Espéculo. Revista de estudios literarios . Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 44. XIV (March-June 2010)

"Lazarillo de Tormes: Preinstancias del discurso postmoderno desde el sujeto híbrido."  Lemir: Revista Electrónica sobre Literatura Española Medieval y del Renacimiento , 2005; 9: (no pagination). (journal article)

"La historia por el tragaluz: una aproximación cortazariana."  Pterodáctilo : Revista de Arte, Literatura y     Lingüística. The University of Texas at Austin 2005 Fall; 4 (4): 48-54. (journal article)

"Sor María de Jesús Ágreda: la autoridad de la fe."  Lemir: Revista Electrónica sobre Literatura Española      Medieval y del Renacimiento  2004, 8: (no pagination) (journmal article)

Acknowledgment as a Planar Technician in the Fabrication of Silicon Solar CellS:

"Infrared response in monocrystalline silicon solar cells"  Revista Cubana de Física ,  Spring 1987.

"Fabrication of silicon solar cells with textured surface."  Cuban Journal of Physics . IX.1. 1989.,%20No.%201/09001063.pdf  

"Study and use of nickel contacts in silicon solar cells."  Cuban Journal of Physics . XI.1. 1991.,%20No.%201/11001003.pdf    


Academic Background

  • B.A., Universidad de la Habana, '92
  • M.A., Florida International University, '97
  • Ph.D., Florida International University, '03