Jeff Solomon

Visiting AssistaJeff Solomonnt Professor, English

BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
MFA, University of California-Irvine, 1993
MA, PhD, University of Southern California, 2002, 2008

Jeff Solomon was born on Friday the 13th but still counts himself lucky.  His classes at the University of Puget Sound include” Passing Fancy,” an upper-level seminar on passing not only in terms of race but also in terms of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity; “Invert, Pervert, Bull Dagger, Queen,” a survey of twentieth-century U.S. lesbian and gay literature; and “Nuclear Family Meltdown,” a freshman seminar on the tension between the ideal and the reality of the American family.  Before coming to Puget Sound, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Olaf College.

Jeff’s own research is in the intersection of Gay and Lesbian Fiction and Multicultural Literature.  He is finishing up a manuscript, Fabulous Potency: The Strange Fame and Text of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein, which addresses the question of how Stein and Capote overcame homophobia to become mass-market celebrities and eventually canonical writers, even though they wrote work that heavily featured gay and lesbian content and a queer aesthetic. An except, “Capote and the Trillings: Homophobia and Literary Culture at Mid-Century,” won the 2009 Andrew J. Kappel Prize for best article of the year in Twentieth-Century Literature. Jeff has also published a number of articles in the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, most recently “The Heath Anthology of Homophobia: How Queerness is Left Out of ‘Multiculturalism’ and ‘Diversity.’  His new project is on the interplay of gay identity with nationality and race in the public personae of authors such as James Baldwin and Christopher Isherwood. 

Jeff also publishes fiction.  His short story “Best Friend” was included in Best Gay Stories 2009, and his short story "The Third Breast of Hilda Von Why" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Outside of school, he is very attached to his boyfriend and his cat.  Please come to his office and visit him, as he is new here.