Dr. Jeffrey Solomon

Profile picture of Dr. SolomonAssistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English
Office: Tribble A117
Phone: (336) 758-2027
Email: solomojm@wfu.edu
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Jeff Solomon teaches gender and sexuality studies, twentieth-century U.S. fiction and film, and graphic novels. He is particularly interested in twentieth-century queer cultural production, as well as the specificities of same-sex desire and its historical contexts. His first book, So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) was selected for the American Library Association’s list of the year’s best LGBTQ Books, and asks how Stein and Capote became mass-market celebrities while other queer authors were either closeted or censored—and how this celebrity served a gay and proto-gay public. His articles have appeared in Journal of Lesbian Studies, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and Twentieth-Century Literature, which awarded him the Andrew J. Kappel Prize. He also writes fiction, and is interested in cats and indigenous plants.He comes to Wake Forest from Los Angeles.


  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, English Literature, with Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, 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

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  • WGS 234: Sexual Revolution! Gender and Sexuality in the United States, 1950-1980
  • WGS 345: Girls Gone Wild: A Century of Misbehavior
  • WGS 346: Visual Narratives: Image, Sequence, Story.
  • WGS 347: Joan Didion/Edmund White: Personal /History
  • WGS 349: Invert, Pervert, Bull Dagger, Queen: U.S. Queer Fiction in the 20th Century
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • American Literature 1865-present
  • Creative Writing


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


  • “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
  • “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.
  • “Monster and Critic, Teacher and Writer: A Roundtable Discussion on Difference, Fear, and Creation,” Santa Monica Review 17.2 (2005): 148-177.
  • “Down South in Peckerwood: Auntie Mame and Anti-Mom,” The Queer South on Screen, edited by Tison Pugh [Solicited, anticipated 2017 publication].