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

(Forthcoming, 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.”

Eating in Eden

Eating in Eden: Food & American Utopias

Drawing from interests in utopian communities and religious history, Madden & Finch highlight in Eating in Eden American food practices that range from those of colonial English Puritans and Spanish Catholics to those of more recent groups of European Jews and Indian Hindus. The collection of thirteen essays, interdisciplinary in scope, begins with an introduction that provides an overview of food studies and views of utopian life in America. Other chapters discuss topics as rich and varied as male dining clubs in Revolutionary America and 19th-century women’s colleges, tv cooking shows, vegetarian cookbooks, and food co-ops. The Shakers, Oneida Community and the Amana Colony of Inspirationists are among the more traditional communal groups considered.