Hispanic Studies
Department Chair:
Sebastiaan Faber
Peters Hall 404

Administrative Assistant:
Blanche Villar

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5256
Fax: (440) 775-6888

Peters Hall 301
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Claire T. Solomon

Claire T. Solomon

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Contact Information


Peters 303
(440) 775-6736

Personal Office Hours:
Monday 4:00-5:00, Wednesday 1:30-2:30 & Friday 12:00-1:00 and by appointment.

Claire Solomon

Claire T. Solomon

Claire Solomon

Educational Background

  • A.B., Oberlin College, 1998
  • M.A., M.Phil, Yale University, 2001
  • Ph.D., 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.

Courses I teach:

  • 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

Selected Publications:


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.