• Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Peters Hall 303
  • 440-775-6736
  • Monday 4-5 p.m., Wednesday 1:30-2:30 p.m., Friday 12-1 p.m., and by appointment


  • BA, Oberlin College, 1998
  • MA, M.Phil, Yale University, 2001
  • PhD, Yale University, 2007


I teach all areas of modern and contemporary (19th-21st century) Latin American literature and culture, as well as courses in comparative literature, literary analysis, and theory.


  • FYSP 073: Radical Reading and Writing: Imagination in the World
  • HISP 202: Intermediate Spanish I
  • HISP 203: Intermediate Spanish II
  • HISP 306: Introduction to Literary Analysis in Hispanic Literatures
  • HISP 318: Survey of Latin American Literature: Youth in Revolt
  • HISP 324: Popular Culture in Latin America
  • HISP 335: Melodrama and Cultural Anxiety in Latin America
  • HISP 402/CMPL 402: Avant-Garde in América
  • HISP 403/CMPL 403: Avant-Garde in América (LxC Spanish-language Discussion)
  • HISP 421: Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela
  • LATS 100: Introduction to Latin American Studies 

Research and Teaching Interests

  • 20th and 21st century Latin American and Comparative Literature
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • North and South American Yiddish Theater
  • Popular and Avant-garde Theater
  • Pop Culture
  • Continental and American Philosophy
  • Music and Music Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • Diaspora Studies



Fictions of the Bad Life: The Naturalist Prostitute and Her Avatars in Latin American Literature, 1880–2010 (Ohio State UP, 2014)


“In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: Roberto Arlt’s El fabricante de fantasmas as Minoritarian Cultural Production in 1930s América.” Política Común (forthcoming).

“Reconsidering Anti-Semitism and White Slavery in Contemporary Historical Fiction about Argentina.” Comparative Literature 63(3): 2011: 307-327.

“¿Cuánto cuesta el presente? El tiempo de la prostitución en Santa.” Rafael Olea Franco, ed. Santa, Santa nuestra (México: Colegio de México, 2005): 159-170.


  • Claire Solomon Publishes Book

    September 4, 2014

    Claire Solomon, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, has published a book, titled Fictions of the Bad Life: The Naturalist Prostitute and Her Avatars in Latin American Literature, 1880–2010 (Ohio State UP, 2014).

    The book first examines how legal, medical, and philosophical thought converged in Naturalist literature of prostitution during the consolidation of the modern Latin American states. It then traces the persistence of styles, themes, and stereotypes about women, sex, ethnicity, and race in the twentieth and twenty-first century literature to illustrate how at very different moments—the turn of the twentieth century, the 1920s–30s, and finally the turn of the twenty-first century—the past is rewritten to accommodate contemporary desires for historical belonging and national identity, even as these efforts inevitably re-inscribe aspects of the colonial history they are trying to change.


Teaching the Cultural Aspect of Language

June 22, 2015
Granted tenure in April 2015 , Claire Solomon ’98 teaches courses in modern and contemporary (19th-21st century) Latin American literature and culture, comparative literature, literary analysis, and...