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William Solomon

Associate Professor
Office: 407 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0682
E-mail address:  wsolomon@buffalo.edu

Interests

20th-century American literature

Courses Taught

  • American Novel, 1900-1950
  • American Modernism
  • American Realism and Naturalism
  • The Beats and Beyond
  • American Fiction in the 1960s
  • Critical Methods
  • Melville
  • American Literature and the Grotesque
  • Politics, Mass Culture, and American Literature, 1945-1985
  • Black Humor: Comic Experimentation and Race in American Literature
  • Modernism and Modernity, 1850-1950

Works in Progress

  • Slapstick Modernism: Experimental Writing and Silent Comedy, 1909-1969 (monograph)
  • Second Skins: Black Humor, Racial Identity, and the 1960s (monograph)

Selected Publications

  • "Slapstick Modernism: Charley Bowers and Industrial Modernity." Modernist Cultures 2: 2 (Winter 2006): 170-188. http://www.js-modcult.bham.ac.uk/
  • "Second Technologies: American Modernism and Silent Comedy." Interdisciplinary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (Spring 2005): 66-91.
  • "Secret Integrations: Black Humor and the Critique of Whiteness." Modern Fiction Studies 49: 3 (Fall 2003): 469-495
  • Literature, Amusement, and Technology in the Great Depression (Cambridge 2002)
  • "Wound Culture and James Agee." Arizona Quarterly 58: 4 (Winter 2002): 81-105. Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literature Criticism Volume 180. Ed. To Schoenberg (Fall 2006)
  • "Politics and Rhetoric in the Novel in the 1930s." American Literature 68: 4 (December (1996): 799:818.