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Department of English Language and Literature

Faculty and Staff Directory

Ed Madden

Title: Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5995
Office: HUO 216
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
English Language and Literature


PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 1994
MA, University of Texas, Austin, 1989
BS, Biblical Studies, Institute for Christian Studies, Austin, TX, 1992
BA, English and French, Harding University, Searcy, AR, 1985

Areas of Specialization

    late 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish poetry
    Irish culture and literature
    gender and sexuality studies, history of sexuality, masculinity studies
    gay and lesbian literature
    creative writing, poetry

Recently Taught Courses

    ENGL 283, ENGL 288 – English Literature
    WGST 309 – Sexual Diversities  
    ENGL 438C – Irish Literature
    WGST 499 – Community Service Internship
    ENGL 601 – Seminar in Verse Composition
    ENGL 650 – Gender, Sex, & Nation in Irish Literature

Professional Accolades 

    2010 Irish American Cultural Institute Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland in Galway.
    2008 Contemporary Theatre Fellowship, IES Abroad Dublin and London Faculty Seminar, Institute for the International Education of Students, 2008.

    2010 Fellowship in Prose Writing, SC Arts Commission.
    2010 Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry, SC Academy of Authors.
    2007 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, for Signals.
    2006 Legacy Award, Human Rights Campaign of the Carolinas, for a consistent and significant record of working to improve the lives and visibility of LGBT people in North and South Carolina.

Current Research Projects 

I am currently working on Quare Fellas: Marginal Masculinities in Irish Culture, a study of queer and marginal masculinities in Irish literature and film.

Selected Publications 

    Nest [poems]. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 2014.
    My Father’s House [poetry chapbook]. Seven Kitchens Press Editor’s Series, vol. 2 no. 4. Lewisburg PA: Seven Kitchens Press, 2013.
    Prodigal: Variations [poems]. Maple Shade NJ: Lethe Press, 2011.
    Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio. Edited with Candace Chellew-Hodge. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Press, 2010.  Selected for Preface 2013, the First-Year Reading and Writing Program at USC Upstate.
    Tiresian Poetics: Modernism, Sexuality, and Voice 1888-2001. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008.
    Signals: Poems. Columbia: USC Press, 2008.

    “Fellow Feeling: or Mourning, Metonymy, Masculinity,” in Peter Fallon: Poet, Publisher, Editor, and Translator. Richard Russell, ed. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2013. 107-133.
    “Get Your Kit On: Sexuality, Nation, and the Emerald Warriors” [on gay rugby], Éire/Ireland 48:1&2 (2013): 250-285.
    “Queering Ireland, in the Archives,” Irish University Review 43.1 (2013): 184-221.
    “Queering the Irish Diaspora: David Rees and Padraig Rooney,” Éire/Ireland 47.1&2 (2012): 173-200.
    Gently, not gay: Proximity, Sexuality, and Irish Masculinity at the End of the Twentieth Century,” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 36.1(2010): 69-87.
    “Exploring Masculinity: Proximity, Intimacy, and Chicken.” In Irish Masculinities: Reflections on Literature and Culture. Caroline Magennis and Raymond Mullen, eds. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011. 77-88.
    "Say It With Flowers: The Poetry of Marc-André Raffalovich," College Literature 24.1 (Feb 1997): 11-27.

    When my father woke,” The Good Men Project, 13 Aug 2014.
    Unless thou get a son” [after Shakespeare’s sonnet #7], in Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed, special issue of Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, edited by D. Gilson, 2014.
    “Dogwood,” “My husband who is not my husband,” and “Troubling the water,” MiPOesias June 2014.
    “Thirst,” Crazyhorse 85 (2014): 86.
    “Because” and “Worthy,” Prairie Schooner 88.1 (2014): 136-138.
    Nest [Dark wings],” “Dead,” “Nest [Two buds],” and “After long silence,” A Poetry Congeries with John Hoppenthaler, in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact 2.5 (Oct 2013).
    “Flood,” “Field guide, after the floods,” and “Landscape, with levees” (3 poems), Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies44.1 (2013): 10-12.
    “For what I assume is membership,” “Dream fathers,” “Playground,” “Jubilate,” “About the room in which,” “Prodigal: Variations,” and “Knowledge” (7 poems), Assaracus no. 4 (2011): 44-55.
    “Fist” and “The Language of Flannelgraph,” Image no 69 (2011): 99-100.
    "Blue," Verse Daily, 23 June 2008.
    "Ark," Poetry Ireland Review no. 93 (2008): 62.
    "Sacrifice," in Best New Poets 2007: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers. Natasha Trethewey, ed. Charlottesville VA: Samovar Press with Meridian, 2007. 89.
    "Sunday morning, Wadmalaw," in The Seagull Reader: Poems, 2nd ed. Joseph Kelly, ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. 217-219.

    “Counterpane,” in Remaking Moby-Dick. Trish Harris, curator; Lissa Holloway-Attaway, project director. Lulu/Pea River Journal, 2013. 24-25. Video by Kathy Fitch.
    “Prick,” from “Saint Sebastian: From Martyr to Gay Starlet,” artist collaboration and performance project.  Film by Santiago Echeverry.
    “Red Star,” from “Saint Sebastian: From Martyr to Gay Starlet,” artist collaboration and performance project.  Film by Betsy Newman.

    How to Lift Him,” TedXColumbiaSC, 20 Jan 2014.
    Coming Out on a Christian Campus, Then and Now,” Religion Dispatches 31 March 2011.
    "The Grounds On Which We Met: Friendship and the Possible," in On the Meaning of Friendship Between Gay Men. Andrew Gottlieb, ed. New York: Routledge, 2008. 39-45.
    "Gay Bridal Showers" [commentary on same-sex marriage activism], All Things Considered, National Public Radio, broadcast 29 March 2004.

Recent Presentations 

    Even the animals of the field: Animals, Queers, Violence,” Ireland and Ecocriticism: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 20 June 2014.
    “Colm Clifford, Brixton Fairy,” joint conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the Canadian Association for Irish Studies, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 14 June 2014.
    “AIDS and The Hunger: Trauma, Stigma, Historical Analogy,” for panel on The Biopolitics and Representation of HIV/AIDS in Irish Culture, joint conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the Canadian Association for Irish Studies, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 13 June 2014.
    “The Irish Queer Archive: Institutionalization, Archival Practices, and Historical Narrative,” Scaling Queer Archives, American Historical Association, Washington DC, 3 Jan 2014.
    “Bachelor Trouble, Troubled Bachelors,” Irish Masculinities in the Longue Durée, National University of Ireland – Galway, 17 Aug 2013.
    “The Friends of Rio Rita,” invited plenary, Queering Ireland: Queer Irish Diasporas, Buffalo NY, 9 August 2013.
    “Get your kit on: Gender, Sexuality, Gay Rugby,” invited plenary, New Voices in Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland, 14 June 2013.
    “Irish Queer Studies and the Archive,” American Conference for Irish Studies, Chicago, 11 April 2013.
    “Troubled Bachelors in Ballybunion and Mullingar: Queer Sexuality, Reproductive Nationalism, and the Cultural Figure of the Bachelor,” VIA 2012: Irish Drama / Drámaíocht na hÉireann, University of Notre Dame, 27 Sept 2012.
    “The Irish Queer Archive: Institutionalization and Historical Narrative,” International LGBTI Conference of Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections (ALMS), IHLIA-homodok (Internationaal Homo/Lesbisch Informatiecentrum en Archief and the Amsterdam Public Library, Amsterdam, 1 August 2012.
    “Rugger Buggers: Queering the Athletic Body in Irish Gay Rugby,” Bodies—Systems—Structures: Masculinities in the UK and the US, 1945 to the Present, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 13 June 2012.

Other Information 

    2007 graduate of the Midlands Diversity Leadership Academy, diversity management training program sponsored by the Riley Institute of Furman University.
    2001 graduate of Leadership Columbia, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
    Writer in residence, Riverbanks Botanical Gardens, 2004-2009.

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