Wednesday 7th September 2022
5pm UK Time
September Tea with TLW: Dr Etta Madden on ‘Revising Daisy Miller: The Story of Miss Jones’

We’re back! After a busy summer full of our TLW Summer Club meetings, where we supported each other in our writing projects, it’s time to get back to our jam-packed online Tea with TLW series. We have a busy programme for the end of 2022 into 2023, and we can’t wait to come together again to hear a range of fascinating papers and discussions.

Kicking us off on Wednesday the 7th of September will be Professor Etta Madden. Etta will be presenting a paper derived from her exciting new book, Engaging Italy: American Women’s Utopian Visions and Transnational Networks. Etta’s talk will focus on Emily Bliss Gould, founder and fundraiser for an industrial school and orphanage in Rome.

Etta’s talk revises the well-known image of Henry James’s naive and tragic Daisy Miller. It does so by looking at a fictional “Miss Jones” who was also changed by her time in Rome and by tracing Emily Bliss Gould’s writings from Italy during her career as a social activist, philanthropist, and educator. Gould was best known for establishing an industrial school and orphanage in Rome in 1870. She died in 1875, at the height of this work.

We are very much looking forward to a fascinating talk and friendly discussion, and we hope you can join us for this taste of Italian trasatlanticism. As always, everybody is welcome, whether you’re brand new to TLW or a familiar face!

If you’d like to join us please email: and we’ll send you a secure Zoom link in the week of the event.

We hope to see you there!
Team TLW: Laura, Chiara, Lindsay

Etta Madden is the author or editor of four books, which consider American women writers, Italy, and utopian literature and intentional communities: 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).

The recipient of a Fulbright award, Etta has been a research fellow at the New York Public Library, 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.

She teaches courses on American literature, women writers, and utopian visions as Professor of English at Missouri State University. On the faculty there since 1995, Etta has served in several capacities across campus.


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