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.
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