PhD, Florida State University
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 research interests include cultural studies, ecocriticism, and textual studies.
Her current book project, The Poem and the Garden: Rival Media in Early Modern England, 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. Her work has been published in a number of journals, including Modern Philology, the University of Toronto Quarterly, and the Ben Jonson Journal.
Solomon’s 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.
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