18th-century British Literature, British Romanticism, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory
Originally from Sarasota, FL, Madison earned her B.A. in Literature from American University in Washington, D.C. In her thesis about early British Gothic literature, she argued that the role of the victim can be viewed as one of privilege since the most victimized characters facilitate exchanges of power both within the text and between text and reader. Her second undergraduate thesis examined how Lord Byron constructs a dynamic relationship between sexual desire and subjectivity in "Manfred." In her graduate work, Madison hopes to further study how the British Romantics used language of the emotions in their writing in order to work through social pressures related to identity markers such as gender, sexuality, class and education. She is particularly interested in the relationships between body/selfhood and thoughts/emotions.