Dr. Etta M. Madden


Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD English, University of New Hampshire, 1995
  • MA English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 1986
  • BA Biology and English, Magna Cum Laude, Harding University, 1984


Current and recent courses:

  • Visions of Utopias in Literature & Culture
  • American Romantic Literature
  • American Authors in Italy
  • American Women’s Visions of Utopia & Mobility
  • Gender Issues: Women’s Narratives of Healing
  • American Literature I (Beginnings to 1865)
  • Introduction to Women’s Literature

Professional experience

Selected publications and presentations:

  • “Damanhur: Sustaining Changes in an Intentional Community.”Spiritual and Visionary Communities: Out to Save the World. Ed. Timothy Miller. Ashgate Publishing, 2013. 15-28.
  • “Sectarian Communities: Religious Diversity in British America, 1730-1790.” Cambridge History of Religions in America. Volume I: PreColumbian Times to 1790. Ed. Stephen J. Stein. Cambridge UP, 2012. 467-88.
  • “Benjamin Rush 1746-1813.”  Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 251. Columbia, SC: Layman Poupard Publishing, 2012. 249-336.
  • “Nelly Erichsen: Writing and Sketching for the House of Dent.” Anglo-Italian Cultural Relations in Nineteenth-Century Tuscany Conference, September 2012.
  • Selections from Eliza Leslie. University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
  •  “Transcendentalism.” Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism Ed.  Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.  2010. 225-27.
  • Eating in Eden: Food and American Utopias. University of Nebraska Press, 2006.
  •  “’To Make a Figure’: Benjamin Rush’s Rhetorical Self-Construction and Scientific Authorship.” Early American Literature 41.2 (2006): 241-272.
  • Bodies of Life: Shaker Literature and Literacies. Contributions to the Study of Religion. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Research and professional interests

LEGACY: A Journal of American Women Writers(journal of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers)

  • Consultant, 2000-
  • Editorial Collective Member, 2007-
  • Book Review Editor, 2007-

 Communal Studies Association

  • Board Member, 2008-

 American Communal Societies Series (Hamilton College, Richard W. Couper Press)

  • Editorial Board Member, 2006-

Awards and honors

  • Public Affairs Grant, “Leaving the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints—One Woman’s Perspective,” lecture by Carolyn Jessup, Missouri State University, 2011
  • William J. Fulbright Italian Commission for Cultural Exchange, Senior Lecturer in American Literature, University of Catania, Sicily, 2009

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