Eric Solomon - "Queer Inscription and the Lexicon of Love"

By Marketing and Communications | 04-03-2018

"Dr. Solomon’s work has been an important example of how the excavation of archives can serve as sites for social justice,” said associate professor Rebecca Hankins. “We welcome his research and insights that showcases the Don Kelly Research Collection as a premiere resource for the study of LGBTQ history and culture."                                                                                                                             

Eric E. Solomon, Ph.D. is currently using the Don Kelly Papers to explore how we understand the ramifications of the 2016 massacre at Pulse within a narrative of queer affective history specific to the United States. Using the Don Kelly collection holdings, Dr. Solomon has explored the relationships between writers and friends Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, James Purdy, and Samuel Steward, among others, at midcentury in order to read the “lexicon of love,” to find the vocabulary by which such writers (post-WWII to Stonewall) thought of themselves and their affective connections.

“Love is love is love is love… but is it?” Solomon asks. “The origins of the project came from watching interviews in the immediate aftermath of Pulse.”

Dr. Solomon is a doctoral graduate of Emory University, where he received his PhD in English (August 2017). His first manuscript, Southernmost Currents: Liminal Narratives of Love in the Florida Straits, weaves the lives and works of five writers, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, Reinaldo Arenas, Ralph Ellison, and John Hersey, in an intimate relationship to the island of Key West in the latter half of the twentieth century. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Mississippi and Universidad de Belgrano (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

For more information: Rebecca Hankins, Associate Professor and Curator of the Don Kelly Research Collection at or 979.845.1951

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