María Carla Sánchez

María Carla Sánchez

Office: MHRA 3115



Ph.D. Harvard University-1998
M.A. Harvard University-1993
M.A. University of Michigan-1992
B.A. Harvard College-1990

Research Interests

Dr. Sánchez’s current research involves 19th century Mexican and Mexican American writing about war (namely, the war for independence from Spain, the US-Mexico War, the French War, and the Revolution). She is also working on three essays: on the intersection of critical discourses about women’s popular fiction in the 19th century and now, especially as concerns “chick lit”; on Catharine Maria Sedgwick and finance; and on Herman Melville and finance.

Selected Publications

  • American Sentiments: Mexico, the U.S., and the Feelings of Empire, in progress.
  • Feeling Right: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Literary Resurrection, in progress.
  • “Once a Chick, Always a Chick: The Problem of Women’s Popular Fiction, Then and Now,” under review.
  • Reforming the World: Social Activism and the Problem of Fiction in Nineteenth-Century  America. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2008.
  • “What the Archive Could Not Tell Me.” ELN 45.1 (2007): 57-66.
  • “Immovable: Willa Cather’s Logic of Art and Place.” Western American Literature, 38.2 (2003): 117-130.
  • “’Prayers in the Market-Place’: Women and Low Culture in Catherine Sedgwick’s ‘Cacoethes Scribendi.’” American Transcendental Quarterly 16.2 (2002): 101-113.
  • Co-editor with Linda Schlossberg. Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion. New York: N.Y.U. P, 2001.
  • “Whiteness Invisible: Early Mexican American Writing and the Color of Literary History.” Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion. Co-editor with Linda Schlossberg. New York: N.Y.U. P, 2001. 64-91.
  • “Re-Possessing Individualism in Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall.” Arizona Quarterly 56.4: 25-56.

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Support Grant, University of Michigan, 2004.
  • Faculty Support Grant, University of Michigan, 2004.
  • Fellowship (Non-Resident), W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University, 2000-2001.
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity summer fellowship, San Diego State University, 2000.
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University, 1996-1997.