Jeff Solomon

A headshot of professor Jeff SolomonDr. Jeff Solomon

Associate Professor, Literature & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Office: Tribble C113

Phone: 336-758-2027



Ph.D., University of Southern California, English Literature, 2008

Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California, 2008

M.A., University of Southern California, English Literature, 2002

M.F.A., University of California-Irvine, English (Fiction), 1993

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, cum laude in English, with distinction, 1989

Areas of Interest

American Literature 1865-present

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Visual Narratives

Creative Writing

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

English 302 Invert, Pervert, Bull Dagger, Queen: U.S. Queer Fiction in the 20th Century 

English 302 Joan Didion and Edmund White: Personal/History

English 340 Girls Gone Wild: A Century of Misbehavior 

English 325 Visual Narratives: Image, Sequence, Story, Desire

English 150 Sexual Revolution!: Gender and Sexuality in the United States, 1950-1980 

WGS 321 Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Selected Publications

So Famous and So GayBook

So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.


“Gertrude Stein, Opium Queen: Notes on an Unlikely Embrace,” Journal of Lesbian Studies 17.1 (2013): 7-24.

“Capote and the Trillings: Homophobia and Literary Culture at Mid-Century,” Twentieth-Century Literature 54.2 (2009): 129-165. Winner of the Andrew J. Kappel Prize for Best Article of the Year.

“Young, Effeminate, and Strange: Early Photographic Portraits of Truman Capote.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality 6.3 (2005): 293-326.

Book Chapters

“Broadly Queer and Specifically Gay: The Celebrity and Career of Gertrude Stein.” In Literary Careers in the Modern Era, eds. Guy Davidson and Nicola Evans. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015: 77-95.

“Down South in Peckerwood: Auntie Mame and Anti-Mom,” The Queer South on Screen, edited by Tison Pugh. Forthcoming.

Short Stories

“Best Friend,” short story, Best Gay Stories 2009. Maple Shade, NJ: Lethe Press, 2010: 15-23.

“The Third Breast of Hilda Von Why,” short story, SPECS 1 (2008): 27–34. Nominated for Pushcart Prize, 2009.

“A Boy Abroad,” short story, The Loudest Voice. CA: Figueroa Press (2010): 111-119.

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