Karen Lentz Madison

Karen Lentz Madison


J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4301

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Karen Lentz Madison is a Senior Instructor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she teaches courses in composition and literature (especially Victorian), advises honors majors, and serves as departmental NTT Mentor. While president of College English Association, her focus was on contingent faculty issues, and CEA’s Scholar Gypsy Award for adjunct scholarship was created in her honor. Current projects include an AMS Cooper Edition of The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish, a revised edition of The History of English Prose Style, an initiative for the creation and support of Arkansas secondary and middle school writing centers, and an annual CEA session with an emphasis on issues relating to contingent academic labor: Coffee on the Commons. She is currently the Chair of MLA’s CLIP Committee (Contingent Labor in the Profession), and a recently appointed NFM Board member.

British Novel, Trans-Atlantic Literature and Culture to World War I, Post-Colonial Literature, Composition Theory,Textual Editing and Writing Center pedagogy.

Ph.D. University of Arkansas

  • “Darwin’s Year and Melville’s ‘New Ancient of Days,’” With R.D. Madison. America’s Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Culture. Eds.Tina Gianquitto and Lydia Tisher. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2014. In press.
  • Review of Surfer Girls of the New World Order. The Nautilus. Spring 2012. 105-7 Invited.
  • “Translating the Verbal to the Visual,” CEA Forum. 2012. Refereed.
  • “The Wept of Wish Ton-Wish: Noting Cooper’s Narragansett Novel.” With R.D. Madison.
  • Literature in the Early American Republic. 3 (May 2011): 241-51.  Invited.
  • "Come, All You Sons of Liberty: The American Naval Ballad in the Early 1840s." Co-authored with R.D. Madison. Literature of the Early American Republic: Annual Studies of Cooper and His Contemporaries 1 (May 2009): 279-292.
  • Cooper, James Fenimore. Ned Myers; Or, A Life Before the Mast. Cooper Edition. Textual editor with Robert D. Madison.  New York: AMS Press, 2009. 252
  • "Tennyson's Maritime Influence on Melville's John Marr:  An Idyll Speculation." Our Watery World: CEA Caribbean Journal. Fall ‘07.  93-106.
  • "Tennyson's Maritime Influence on Melville's John Marr:  An Idyll Speculation." This Watery World: Humans and the Sea, Edited by Vartan P. Messier and Nandita Batra - Revised 2nd Edition. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, January 2009. 93-107.
  • Trumbull’s Natick Dictionary. Introduction with Robert D. Madison. U. of Nebraska Press, April 2009. [Preface for the Bison Books edition, v-xi.]
  • Review of Flame Tree. Peace Chronicle. Online. Spring. 2003.
  • Review of Censored Books:  Critical ViewpointsFree Speech Yearbook.  Southern Illinois P, 1994.
  • “Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Bomb:  An Annotated Bibliography,” Arizona Quarterly, Autumn 1990.  Rpt. of Nuclear Texts and Contexts.  Co-authored with James R. Bennett, Fall 1989.

New Faculty Majority Foundation Summit, invited guest.  AAC&U Conference, Washington, D. C. January 2012.

  • Karen Lentz Madison Scholar Gypsy Award established in 2011 by College English Association James J. Hudson Doctoral Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities – 1995.
  • Claude W. Faulkner Award in English for Excellence in Teaching – 1993.
  • University of Arkansas Department of English Graduate Award for Literary Merit – 1993.
  • Vance Randolph and Mary Celestia Parler Award for Merit – 1992.
  • Laura M. Yeager Award for Outstanding Future Teacher – 1988.
  • Golden Key Honor Society, 1988 – present.
  • Sigma Tau Delta Honorary Society for English Majors, 1980 – present.