Dr Deborah Madden

Deborah Madden

arts research University of Brighton

Scholarly biography and interests

Based at the University of Brighton in Hastings, Dr Madden is a lecturer with responsibility for coordinating the teaching and learning for the Common Modules on the Joint Honours Programme, as well as teaching Social History.

Dr Madden is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has published the monographs The Paddington Prophet: Richard Brothers's Journey to Jerusalem and A Cheap, Safe and Natural Medicine’: Religion, Medicine and Culture in John Wesley’s Primitive Physic, along with journal articles on religion, medicine and culture in the eighteenth century.

Based at the University of Brighton in Hastings, Dr Madden is a Senior Lecturer and is responsible for coordinating the teaching and learning for the Common Modules on the Joint Honours Programme, as well as teaching Social History.

Dr Madden is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Intellectual History at the University of Sussex.  In this role she has completed work for the 'Dissenting Academies Project', which forms part of a multi-authored volume forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Prior to this, Dr Madden worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the 'Prophecy Project' in the Theology Faculty at the University of Oxford following her AHRB funded DPhil in Modern History at Lincoln College, Oxford.

Dr Madden has written several articles on religion, medicine and culture in the eighteenth century, as well as a monograph examining John Wesley's medical activity, which was published by Rodopi Press in 2007. She has also edited and contributed to a collection of scholarly essays on Wesley's interest in the medical sciences, published by Epworth Press in 2008. Her book about the millenarian, self-styled prophet, Richard Brothers (1757-1824) was published with Manchester University Press in 2010. Dr Madden has explicated the intellectual and cultural history of Christian Israelites in Britain, Australia and the United States. This work is part of a collaborative volume associated with the 'Prophecy Project' at the University of Oxford. The volume, which is under contract with I.B. Tauris, will be published in 2014. Work here reveals a fascinating history of millennialist belief, as well as the rich tapestry of transatlantic missionary networks during Britain’s age of Empire and America’s expansionist era.

Dr Madden’s research includes work for the 'Dissenting Academies Project', directed by Isabel Rivers, Richard Whatmore and David Wykes. The research output for this project is a multi-authored volume forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, A History of the Dissenting Academies in the British Isles, 1660-1860.  Madden's chapters to this volume track the development of the Dissenting Academies and missionary work in North America, Africa and Asia for the period under consideration.

Other forthcoming work includes a chapter on Wesley’s medical practice to a volume in honour of Henry D. Rack, edited by Robert Webster.  The volume is under contract and forthcoming with WIPF and Stock Publishers in 2014. Madden will also be contributing a chapter on ‘Education and Manners’ as part of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Intellectual History, Richard Whatmore and Brian Young (eds), which is under contract and forthcoming in 2014. This chapter will provide comparative models of education and manners offered during the European Enlightenment period.

Research is now underway for a third book project. Victorian Cultures of Life Writing is a volume that will encourages critical reflection on issues surrounding the use of personal testimonies, life writings, autobiographies and biographies as historical sources.  It evaluates the methodological difficulties involved with the term ‘life writings’ itself.  Specific authors and texts are examined in their intellectual, cultural and social context, though organised around a number of key themes (religion, science, medicine, colonisation, race, class and gender). 

Research activity 

Number of items: 3.

Madden, Deborah (2010) The Paddington Prophet: Richard Brothers's journey to Jerusalem Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719082382

Madden, Deborah (2009) Wesley as adviser on health and healing In: Maddox, Randy L. and Vickers, Jason E., eds. The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 176-189. ISBN 9780521886536

Madden, Deborah (2008) Inward and Outward Health: John Wesley's Holistic Concept of Medical Science, the Environment and Holy Living Epworth Press, London. ISBN 9780716206491

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