Etta MaddenAbout Etta Madden

Etta Madden is a writer, travel advisor, group leader, and teacher with wide-ranging interests in literature, women writers, utopian and intentional communities, and religious history. "All Things Italy" have been of special interest to her since she studied abroad as an undergraduate many years ago and fell in love with the culture, the people, and the language.

She is the author or editor of four books: Engaging Italy: American Women’s Utopian Visions and Transnational Networks (SUNY Press), Eating in Eden: Food and American Utopias (U Nebraska Press), Selections from Eliza Leslie (U Nebraska Press), and Bodies of Life: Shaker Literature and Literacies (Greenwood). Some of her recent shorter publications are listed on the Essays and Interviews page.

The recipient of a Fulbright award, Etta has been a research fellow at the New York Public Library, a Visiting Scholar and an NEH Seminar participant at the American Academy in Rome, and a two-time recipient of a Mellon Fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia.

In the fall of 2024 she will be a visiting professor at the University of Pisa. Etta has taught courses on American literature, women writers, and utopian visions at Missouri State University, where she joined the faculty as a professor with a PhD in English in 1995.

Topics of past and upcoming talks are listed on the Events page.

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