Etta’s love of Italy and knowledge of the country’s language and culture emerge in her newsletter, other publications, and presentations. She consults individuals, couples and groups about their travel interests or in planning a talk or trip.
Contact Etta to schedule a consultation or to learn more about organizing a small group trip, a workshop or talk.
Controversies of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option
This virtual presentation will comment on Rod Dreher’s bestselling book, The Benedict Option (2017), as it connects to traditions of communal life and utopian visions.
As part of a panel at the Communal Studies Association (CSA), the exact date (between Sept. 30 & Oct. 2) and time will be posted as soon as available.
Negotiating Networks, Not Friendships, in 19th-Century Rome
As part of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers panel, "Networking, 19th-Century Style: Preserving and Analyzing American Women's Networks." I will discuss Anne Hampton Brewster, Emily Bliss Gould, and Caroline Crane Marsh in Rome. These three women did not consider themselves good friends, although they remained neighborly during their time in Italy.
Here's the link for registering for this FREE event.
Talk on Caroline Crane Marsh’s Visions of Mission and Travels
This presentation at the American Literature Association Conference will juxtapose the writings and travels of black itinerant preacher Rebecca Cox Jackson (1795-1871) and white translator and poet Caroline Crane Marsh (1819-1901) with brief references to Transcendentalist Margaret Fuller’s writings and travels. Jackson’s dream visions (1830s-50s) and Marsh’s publications demonstrate the ways in which writing empowered both women, in spite of their cultural positions in the antebellum US.
Roundtable on Transatlantic Women’s Letter Writing of the 19th and early 20th century
Published and Private Letters of foreign correspondent in Rome, Anne Hampton Brewster.
History in the Margins
An interview with author Pamela Toler, History in the Margins, and her women’s history month blog
American Women in Italy – Cancelled due to COVID
Talk in Springfield, MO
Science Fiction, Dystopia, And How it Relates to Real Life
On this episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison sits down with Assistant Department Head of the English Department at Missouri State University, Dr. Etta Madden, to discuss science fiction, dystopian literature, and the relevance of those books during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talking About Women’s History: Three Questions and an Answer.
An interview with author Pamela Toler, History in the Margins, and her women’s history month blog, “Talking About Women’s History: Three Questions and an Answer.”
The history of science as it intersects with American literature
Dave has an in-depth historical discussion with Dr. Etta Madden, an English professor at Missouri State University, about the link between science and literature.
Treacherous Thresholds in Samuel Delany’s Speculative Fiction
Italian Association of North American Studies (AISNA) Conference, Ragusa, Italy.
Plant Science in Gilman and Ozeki: Tendrils of Luther Burbank’s Utopianism
Utopian Studies Society (USS) Conference, Prato, Italy.
The Great American Read
Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Cults and Intentional Communities Panel, Springfield-Greene County Library Center