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Julia Abramson

Associate Professor, French and Francophone Studies

Kaufman Hall 217

(405) 325-6181




Julia Abramson researches and teaches about interdisciplinary topics in the French eighteenth century and contemporary culture, cinema, food studies, and finance, economics, and culture.

Her publications include the monographs Learning from Lying: Paradoxes of the Literary Mystification (2005) and Food Culture in France (2007). She has published articles on literary fakery and the evaluation of knowledge, gastronomic writing, food and ethics, refugee memoirs and identity, and a sociological analysis, based on long-form interviews, of individualization through food choice in the consumer economy.

Appointed by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution, she has served as the research scholar for a public humanities project that investigated local food histories and practices across the State of Oklahoma, to understand their relationship to national trends (2010-2012).

She is now writing a new book, Cultures of Finance from Versailles to Bercy. This study reveals the centrality of financial cultures in Enlightenment-era France and highlights surprising parallels with present-day concerns.

Abramson's research in American and European archives and libraries has been supported by the Oklahoma Humanities Council; the Research Council, Faculty Senate, and College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Oklahoma; the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study of Harvard University; Stanford University Libraries; and the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society. She has been a fellow of the Institut d'études françaises d'Avignon-Bryn Mawr College (Avignon, France), the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Berlin, Germany), and the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry of the New School for Social Research (Manhattan, New York). 

She has served on the editorial boards of Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature and on the Division for Eighteenth-Century French Literature of the Modern Language Association.

In recognition of her teaching at the University of Oklahoma, she has received her department's Cecil W. Woods Memorial Award for Excellence in the Teaching of a Modern Foreign Language (2006), the Office of the Provost Presidential Dream Course Grant (in collaboration with Julia C. Ehrhardt and Sarah W. Tracy, 2007), and the College of Arts and Sciences Kinney-Sugg Outstanding Professor Award (2011).

For nine years, Abramson led the University of Oklahoma’s programs in French and Francophone Studies (B.A. major and minor, M.A., and Ph.D.) as their head within the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, and she has completed a two-year term on the Department’s executive committee (Committee A). 

She earned the B.A. in French Studies from Bryn Mawr College (B.A./M.A., 1991) and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a specialization in French, from Princeton University (1999).


"French food on film: Beyond gastronomy in La Noire de ..., Chocolat, and La Graine et le mulet," Beyond gastronomy: French food for the twenty-first century, eds. Michael Garval and Philippe C. Dubois, Contemporary French Civilization, vol. 42, nos. 3-4 (2017): 259-278, DOI:

"Narrating 'finances' after John Law: Complicity, critique, and the bonds of obligation in Duclos and Mouhy," The Ethics of Debt, eds. William H. Carter and Kate Padgett Walsh, Finance and Society, vol. 2, no. 1 (2016): 25-44, DOI:

"Pourquoi Piketty? French Enlightenment and the American Reception of Capital in the Twenty-First Century," Common-place: The journal of early American life, vol. 16, no. 3 (Spring 2016),

"Pratiques alimentaires, choix et individualisation : l'intérêt de la démarche biographique," Manger—Entre plaisirs et nécessités, eds. Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson and Faustine Régnier, Sociologie et sociétés, vol. 46, no. 2 (Fall 2014): 157-179

"Une réfugiée de la Terreur en Amérique : Nation, terre et identité dans les mémoires de la marquise de La Tour du Pin (1770-1853)," Relire le patrimoine lettré de l'Amérique française, eds. Sébastien Côté and Charles Doutrelepont, Quebec, Canada: University of Laval Press, 2013, pp. 161-186

"Frontières de la nourriture en Oklahoma," Papilles : Culture & Patrimoine gourmands, vol. 38 (Winter 2012): 26-38

"Food and Ethics," Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies, ed. Ken Albala, London and New York: Routledge, 2012, pp. 371-378

“France,” Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism, ed. Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz, Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Press ABC-Clio, 2010, pp. 104-110

"Vegetable Carving: For Your Eyes Only," Vegetables: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food, ed. Susan Friedland, Totnes, Devon, United Kingdom: Prospect Books, 2009, pp. 9-18

Food Culture in France, Westwood, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2007

“Deciphering La Vraye mettode de bien trencher les viandes (1926),” Authenticity: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food, ed. Richard Hosking, Totnes, Devon, United Kingdom: Prospect Books, 2006, pp. 11-26

Learning from Lying: Paradoxes of the Literary Mystification, Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press, 2005

"Hildesheimer's Art of Literary Mystification," Fakes and Forgeries, Conmen and Counterfeits, eds. Peter Knight and Jonathan Long, Amersham, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2004, pp. 75-89

“Legitimacy and Nationalism in the Almanach des Gourmands (1803-1812),” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, vol. 3, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2003): 101-135

“Grimod’s Debt to Mercier and the Emergence of Gastronomic Writing Reconsidered,” Rethinking Cultural Studies, vol. 2, Exemplary Essays, eds. David Lee Rubin and Julia V. Douthwaite, EMF: Studies in Early Modern France, vol. 7 (2001): 141-162

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2021 

FR 3853 Introduction to Literary Analysis

FR 4993 Senior Capstone in French