Eric Solomon

Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies and English

Eric Solomon is Visiting Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Oxford College. He received his PhD in English from Emory and his BA in English and Spanish from the University of Mississippi. He is working on two books; the first, Queer Straits: Desire Lines at the Southernmost, is an academic study of Key West in the queer imagination. The second, Me(n) in Mississippi: Manly Mediations from a Native Son, is a work of autotheory. He has published in Southern SpacessouthPop Matters, and Mississippi Quarterly and serves as the editor of the "Queer Intersections" series with the journal Southern Spaces. Originally from Leland, Mississippi, birthplace of Kermit the Frog, Eric is committed to helping us all be a little more green.


Education

PhD| Emory University| 2017

BA| University of Mississippi| 2009

Courses Taught

Oxford College, Emory University, English 185, “Why iWrite: Identity and Intersectionality”

Oxford College, Emory University, American Studies 201QW, “#NewWorldOrder: American Intersections, American Movement”

Oxford College, Emory University, American Studies 385: Special Topics, "Queer Intersections, American Outlaws"

Oxford College, Emory University, English 185, “Reading and Writing the Intersections”

Emory University, Film 208, Digital Media and Culture, "#dmcult: Are you a Gadget?" 

Emory University, English 210W, Major Authors, “Southern Currents”

Emory University, English 181, Writing about Literature, “Southlandia!”

Emory University, English 101, Expository Writing, “Memorial Cultures; Bop It: Practicing Memory, Telling Stories”

Accomplishments

Don Kelly Research Collection Fellowship, Texas A&M University Libraries, Cushing Memorial Library and Archives

Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory Fellowship, Emory University  

Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Emory University 

Publications

Books

Queer Straits: Desire Lines at the Southernmost (manuscript in preparation) 

Me(n) in Mississippi: Manly Meditations from a Native Son (manuscript in process)

 

Book Chapter

“The Design is Fugal”: the Many Voices and the Long Decade Composing Clock Without Hands,” In Understanding the Short Fiction of Carson McCullers (Alison Graham Bertolini and Casey Kayser, editors) (Forthcoming 2020 from Mercer University Press)

 

Peer Reviewed Articles

"Boys Erased and the Trouble with Coaching: Confronting Male-Male Sexual Violence in the Age of #MeToo," south, Special Issue: Quaring Childhood (Forthcoming Fall 2019)

“The ‘Vintage’ Faulkner: Imagining Futurity in the Degenerate South of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” Mississippi Quarterly 70/71.3

“Wanted eLove: Queer Square Spaces and the Revolution in Digital Intimacy,” Southern Spaces (Forthcoming, in layout)

 

Edited Works

"Queer Intersections / Southern Spaces," Southern Spaces series, May 10, 2018–present

Manuscript Editor, Water Graves by Valérie Loichot

 

Review Essays  

“Is there Life Beyond the Pop Lifecycle for Christina Aguilera?,” Pop Matters, July 30, 2018

“Hyphenating Waters: A Review of Calypso Magnolia and Island People,” Southern Spaces, March 12, 2018

Loving-Moonlight(ing): Cinema in the Breach,” Southern Spaces, April 26, 2017

 

Blog Posts and Public Scholarship                                                                                         

“Beyond Fairyland: Writing and Curating Queer Miami,” interview with Julio Capó Jr., Southern Spaces, November 14, 2019

 “Love and Death in Mississippi,” Southern Spaces, August 16, 2018

“Queer Memory: Martyrs, Loss, and Memorialization in Southern Florida,” Southern Spaces, August 11, 2016

“Remnants of Flannery,” Southern Spaces, October 7, 2014

“Opening Spaces: On Tolerance and the Possibility for Love,” Southern Spaces, February 24, 2014

Presentations

"Had Allan Lived: the Sons of Tennessee Williams in the New-Queer South," Are We in a New Southern Literary Renaissance? Panel, Modern Language Association, Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Seattle, Seattle, Washington, January 11, 2020.

"'A Tad too Perverse’: The Intersection of Poor-Southern-Queer in Higher Education," Modern Language Association, Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Seattle, Seattle, Washington, January 11, 2020.

 “The Weather in Morrison and a Shareable World: A Meditation in Times of Peril,” Toni Morrison Tribute Panel, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia, November 16, 2019.

"In the Queue: Reinaldo Arenas and the Quest for the Ineffable," Queer Studies Panel, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia, November 15, 2019.

"Becoming Q: Using Queer as an Analytical Frame through which to Rethink and Resist Academic Norms," Southern Studies Outside the Academy Roundtable, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia, November 15, 2019.

“Wanted Love: Queer Square Spaces and the Revolution in Digital Intimacy,” Southeastern American Studies Association, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, March 15, 2019.

 "Boys Erased and the Trouble with Coaching: Confronting Male-Male Sexual Violence in the Age of #MeToo," Southeastern Women's Studies Association, Sara Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, March 8, 2019.

“Tennessee Williams After Dark: Lost Companions and Queering Grief on the Public Stage,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Queering the US South Panel, Sheraton Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, November 2, 2018.

“Serially Southernmost: A Gay Key West Canticle,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Serializing the US South Panel, Sheraton Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, November 3, 2018.

“The ‘S’ Word: thoughts on the Crooked Letter from a Native Son,” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Insufferable Souths Roundtable, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, February 16, 2018.

“GILLS and Currents: (Digital) Pedagogy in the Literature Classroom,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Trojan Horse Pedagogy Panel, Hyatt Regency, Jacksonville, Florida, November 4, 2016.

“Homophilia and the Homophile in Carson McCullers’s Clock Without Hands,” American Literature Association Annual Conference, Carson McCullers Society Panel, Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California, May 27, 2016.

“The ‘Vintage’ Faulkner: Imagining Futurity in the Degenerate South of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, February 12, 2016.

“‘Not-Yet Conscious, Forward Dawning’: In Love with the Night Mysterious or Queerness at the Horizon,” Southeastern American Studies Association Conference, College of Charleston, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, February 1, 2013.

“The Immemorial Current, the Orphic Will to Rescue, and the Inextinguishable in George Platt Lynes and Reginald Shepherd,” Studies in Sexualities Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, January 25, 2013.

“Bare, Buried, Bearing (Away) the Body: The Ethical Beside and the (Post)Memory of AIDS,” Studies in Sexualities Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, January, 27, 2012.

 “Does It Get Better?: Sudden Piercing Knowledge, Examinations of Male Childhood Sexual Abuse and the Post-Trauma Moment Formation of the Self,” Louisiana State University Mardi Gras Conference, Echoes of Trauma Theme, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 2011.