Grasso, Linda


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PhD Brown University American Studies 1993 
MA Brown University American Studies 1989 
BA City University of New York Baccalaureate Program Women's Studies 1985 
Linda M. Grasso holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Studies from Brown University and specializes in U.S. Literature and Culture, Women's Literature, and Women's Studies. She teaches courses in American Literature, African American Literature, Women's Studies, American Studies, and Writing. Professor Grasso's most recent book Equal Under the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe and Twentieth-Century Feminism (University of New Mexico Press, forthcoming Fall 2017) situates the artist in U.S. feminist history and explores what feminism meant to O'Keeffe and her audiences over several generations. She is also the author of The Artistry of Anger: Black and White Women's Literature in America, 1820-1860 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002)—which was a finalist for the 2003 MLA First Book Prize--and numerous essays on nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. women’s literature and culture.

Areas of Expertise

U.S. Literature
U.S. Women's Literature and Culture
African American Literature
U.S. Women's History
Asian American Studies
Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum

Books in Field Of Expertise

Grasso, Linda. The Artistry of Anger: Black and White Women's Literature in America, 1820-1860. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2002. 249 pgs.

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Grasso, Linda M.. "'You are No Stranger to Me': Georgia O’Keeffe’s Fan Mail." Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History. 5 (2013): 24-40.

Grasso, Linda. "Academically on Course." Inside Higher Ed. 2 September 2011: .

Grasso, Linda. "Reading Published Letter Collections as Literary Texts: Correspondence Between Maria Chabot and Georgia O’Keeffe, 1941-1949." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. 25. 2 (Fall 2008): 239-250.

Grasso, Linda. "Inventive Desperation: Anger, Violence, and Belonging in Mary Wilkins Freeman’s and Sui Sin Far’s Murderous Mother Stories." American Literary Realism. 38.1 (Fall 2005): 18-31.

Grasso, Linda. "Masking Volcanic Anger: The Repressive World of Nineteenth-Century White Female Emotional Culture." Prospects: An Annual Journal of American Cultural Studies. 27 (2003): 27-48.

Grasso, Linda. "Changing Conversations, Shifting Paradigms: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Women's Literary Scholarship in the Twenty-First Century." College Literature. 29.2 (2002): 149-158.

Grasso, Linda. "Louisa May Alcott's 'Magic Inkstand': Little Women, Feminism, and The Myth of Regeneration." Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. 19.1 (1998): 177-192.

Grasso, Linda. "Anger in the House: Fanny Fern's Ruth Hall and the Redrawing of Emotional Boundaries in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America." Studies in the American Renaissance. (1995): 251-261.

Grasso, Linda. "‘Thwarted Life, Mighty Hunger, Unfinished Work:’ The Legacy of Nineteenth-Century Women Writing in America." ATQ: 19th C. American Literature and Culture. 8.2 (June 1994): 97-118.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Grasso, Linda. "Edited Letter Collections as Epistolary Fictions: Imagining African American Women’s History in Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends." . Letters and Cultural Transformations in the United States, 1760-1860. Ed. Theresa Strouth Gaul and Sharon M. Harris. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing Company 2009: 249-267.

Reviews in Field Of Expertise

"Review of Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture by Sarah N. Roth. The American Historical Review 120.3" (2015): 1023-1024.

"Review of My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. Vol. 1, 1915-1933. Selected, Annotated, and Edited by Sarah Greenough. New Haven: Yale University Press in association with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2011." (September 2013): 249-251.

"Review of Love and Marriage in Early African America. Ed. by Frances Smith Foster. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2008. Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 26.1" (2009): 171-172.

"Review of Maria Chabot—Georgia O’Keeffe: Correspondence, 1941-1949. Ed. by Barbara Buhler Lynes and Ann Paden. New Mexico Historical Review" (Fall 2005): 451-452.

"Review of Blood & Irony: Southern White Women’s Narratives of the Civil War, 1861-1937 by Sarah E. Gardner. American Historical Review" (December 2005): 1537.

"Review of The Reader's Repentance: Women Preachers, Women Writers, and Nineteenth-Century Social Discourse by Christine L. Krueger. Sex Roles 29.10" (Nov. 1993): 720-722.

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Grasso, Linda