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


Courses 2016-17

  • ENG 700 Research Methods
  • ENG 350 American Literature I (Beginnings to 1865)
  • ENG 301 Seminar in Public Affairs
  • ENG 757 Seminar: Early American Literature

Recent courses:

  • American Women Writers & the Marriage Plot 
  • 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
  • Introduction to Women’s Literature

Professional experience

Selected Publications:

  • Utopian Studies. Utopia and Food special issue. Lead editor, with Lyman Tower Sargent and Timothy Miller. 26.1 (2015).  
  • “Eating Ideally: Production, Consumption, Commensality, and Cleanup.” Utopian Studies 26.1 (2015): 2-18.
  • “Savory Bites: Books on Eating in Early America.” Review essay of Colonial Food, Ann Chandonnet (Shire 2013); Political Gastronomy: Food and Authority in the English Atlantic World, Michael A. LaCombe (U Pennsylvania P, 2012); Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century, Kyla Wazana Tompkins (New York UP, 2012). Early American Literature 50.2 (2015): 495-514. Forthcoming.
  • "Nelly Erichsen: Writing and Sketching for the House of Dent.” Proceedings of the Anglo-Italian Cultural Relations in Nineteenth-Century Tuscany Conference (2012), Michel di Montaigne Foundation.  Anglistica Pisana X: 1-2 (2013): 49-60.
  • “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 1790Ed. 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.
  • 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. Ed. with Martha L. Finch. 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.

Awards and honors

  • NEH Seminar Participant, American Academy in Rome, Italy in the Age of Risorgimento: New Perspectives, 2013
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, "Recovering and Refining Anne Hampton Brewster's Italian Experiences," Library Company of Philadelphia, 2013
  • William J. Fulbright Italian Commission for Cultural Exchange, Senior Lecturer in American Literature, University of Catania, Sicily, 2009