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Linda M. Grasso
Position: Professor of English, York College
Campus Affiliation: York College
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Brown University
Research Interests: 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

MALS Courses taught: Introduction to American Studies: Histories and Methods; Feminist Texts and Contexts; Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies 

MALS Track(s): American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Books in Field Of Expertise

Grasso, Linda. Equal Under the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe and Twentieth-Century Feminism. University of New Mexico Press, 2017.

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

"Differently Radical: Suffrage Issues and Feminist Ideas in The Crisis and The Masses." American Journalism: A Journal of Media History 36.1 (Winter 2019): 71-98. 

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

"Making It New and Keeping It Old: Recasting Frameworks and Contexts in Georgia O'Keeffe Studies." Canadian Review of American Studies [] 49.1 (Spring 2019).

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.

About Professor Grasso and Recent Scholarship:

Linda M. Grasso specializes in U.S. Literature and Culture, Women’s Literature, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She teaches courses in American Literature, African American Literature, Women’s and Gender 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, 2017) explores how Georgia O’Keeffe and feminism are linked in scholarship, popular culture, and the public imagination. Using paintings, photographs, correspondence, newspaper articles, fan letters, autobiography, and documents culled from numerous archives, Professor Grasso examines O’Keeffe’s art, life, writing, and reputation by foregrounding feminist questions, employing feminist reading practices, and situating O’Keeffe in U.S. feminist history.