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Francesca Sawaya

Email Dr. Sawaya at fsawaya@ou.edu


Francesca Sawaya specializes in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture, with particular interests in gender, economics, and the intersections between history and literature. Her first book, Modern Women, Modern Work: Domesticity, Professionalism, and American Literature, 1865-1940 examined the ways in which black and white women writers, social reformers, and intellectuals combined the discourses of domesticity and professionalism to create new kinds of work for themselves. She is currently at work on a second book, ‘The Difficult Art of Giving’: Patronage, Philanthropy, and the American Literary Market. This book focuses on how American literary artists understood and analyzed the impact that newly emergent, large-scale philanthropy had on modern American culture and society. Professor Sawaya’s work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society. Currently the Director of Graduate Studies, she teaches a range of classes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.

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