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.

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

Preparing for Podcasts!

Etta has been busy recording podcasts about Engaging Italy and women within it. The first of these is scheduled to air on October 11, 2022, with Amy Helmes & Kim Askew on Lost Ladies of Lit. You can listen wherever you get your podcasts!

Just out for Women's History Month

"Trailing Spouse or Career Carver?" A blog featuring Engaging Italy, posted by SUNY Press, March 20, 2022

"Little Known Women"

A blog featuring 19th-century journalist Anne Hampton Brewster, posted by Missouri State University, February 3, 2022