Linda Morris

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Professor Emerita

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Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1978
M.A. University of Washington, 1965
B.A. Grinnell College, 1961

Linda A. Morris is a Professor of Emeritus at UC Davis. Her current research is on gender play in the works of Mark Twain. Her earlier published work focused primarily on women's humor in nineteenth-century America. Her teaching and research areas were late nineteenth-century American literature, Mark Twain, American humor, and African-American literature with an emphasis on women's fiction. Professor Morris held several administrative positions at UC Davis, including Chair of the Department of English, 1998-2002; Director of Women's Studies, 1992-1996, and Coordinator and Director of Writing Programs in the Department of English, 1981-1989.

  • President's Fellowship in the Humanities
  • John Ben Snow Award for Women's Humor in the Age of Gentility
  • Bancroft Library Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Library of Congress Fellow

Publication Spotlight

 Women's Humor in the Age of Gentility
by Linda A. Morris


  • "Gender Play in Mark Twain: Cross-Dressing and Gender Transgression," University of Missouri Press, [2007]
  • "The Eloquent Silence in 'Hellfire Hotchkiss," Mark Twain Annual, 2005
  • "American Satire: Beginning Through Mark Twain," A Companion to Satire, Ed. Ruben Quintero, London: Blackwell Publishing Co., 2006
  • "Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Prince and the Pauper as Juvenile Literature," A Companion to Mark Twain, Eds. Louis Budd, Jr., Peter Messent, London: Blackwell Publishing Co., 2006
  • "Good Food, Great Friends, Cold Beer:  The Domestic Humor of Mary Lasswell," Studies in American Humor, No. 9, 2002, 55-68
  • "Beneath the Veil: Clothing, Race, and Gender in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson," Studies in American Fiction
  • "Dorothea Lange: A Woman of our Generation," Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life. Ed. Elizabeth Partridge. Smithsonian Press
  • American Women's Humor: Critical Essays, Garland Press
  • Women's Humor in the Age of Gentility: The Life and Works of Frances Miriam Whitcher, Syracuse University Press
  • Women's Vernacular Humorists in Nineteenth-Century America: Ann Stephens, Frances Whitcher, and Marietta Holley, Garland Press