Paperback and E-Editions of Engaging Italy also available!

Engaging Italy: American Women’s Utopian Visions and Transnational Networks

(Available now from SUNY Press)

American women abroad have often been more than tourists. Engaging Italy depicts the intertwined lives of three now-little-known figures—Caroline Crane Marsh, Anne Hampton Brewster and Emily Bliss Gould—whose paths crossed as they lived abroad for more than fifteen years. These women seized opportunities to be engaged in the political changes of the 1860s and 70s known as Italian Unification.

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What Readers Are Saying About Engaging Italy

“an impressive synthesis of substantial archival work and
extensive research into C19 women’s literary and reform history.”

“accessible, lively prose and engaging storytelling brings these women and their experiences to life and makes the case for their significance . . . .The book is theoretically informed, but Madden avoids jargon-laden prose.”

Recent News

New essay on Man & Nature (1864)

A journal of the University of Florence published Etta's essay on George and Caroine Marsh, Writing Man and Nature (1864) in Italy: The photo depicts the Villa Forini in Florence, where the Marshes lived after completing the work on this foundational book on human-environmental relations.

In the Steps of St. Catherine & St. Francis

A June small group trip featured time in Rome, Assisi, and Siena, tracking several medieval and early Christian saints and martyrs. Read more about that trip here.