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Deborah Solomon

Deborah Solomon

Associate Professor


Deborah Solomon

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9074 Haley Center

Office Hours

Monday 4-5 pm in person

Wednesday 9:30-10:30 am in person

Friday 2-3 pm via Zoom


PhD, Florida State University

About Me

Deborah Solomon spent the first eighteen years of her life in The Gambia, West Africa, after which she moved to the U.S. to further her education. She traces her deep fascination with language—in all its beauty, versatility, and intriguing deficiency—to those early years of multi-cultural and multi-lingual engagement. In 2015, she received her PhD from Florida State University, where she specialized in early modern poetry and the history of text technologies.

Her first book, The Poem and the Garden: Rival Media in Early Modern England, (Routledge, 2022) argues for a trans-media approach to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century notions of poetic invention. In 2016, this project received a year-long fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, during which time Solomon traveled to the UK to conduct archival work and visit the garden reconstructions at Hampton Court, Holdenby, Lyveden, Kenilworth, and Bolsover.

She has recently started a new book-length project, tentatively titled The Spectacle of Poetry in Elizabethan Fiction, in which she plans to continue exploring the versatility of adaptive composition across genres and media during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Her work has been published in a number of journals, including Spenser Studies, The Seventeenth Century, Modern Philology, and the Ben Jonson Journal.

Solomon won the English Department Award for Teaching Excellence in 2022. Her literature courses tend to focus on the visual and material cultures of the texts she teaches. She often integrates resources and expertise from the university’s Special Collections Library as a way of engaging students in the culture of book history.

Research Interests

medieval and Early Modern British literature; cultural studies; early material culture; ecocriticism and environmental humanities; genre studies; poetry; women’s and gender studies; textual studies