Invited Research Talks

  • “Pleasures of the Imagination: Amatory Fiction” Seminar Leader. Rutgers University.  New Brunswick, NJ.  September 2015.

  • “The Passions and the Amatory Mode” Invited Speaker.  Columbia Seminar for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  Columbia University, New York, NY.  January 2015“

  • Passionate Fictions: Emotions in the Early Novel and the Question of Readership.”  Invited Speaker.  CHE Research Collaboratory: Arts and Rhetorics of Emotions in Early Modern Europe. University of Queensland, Australia, 2013.

  • “Adaptation Theory and Literature.”  Seminar Leader.  Seton Hall University, USA, 2013.

  • “Social Psychology of Emotions: Literary Methods.” Seminar Leader.  Georgetown University, USA,  2013.
  • Eighteenth-Century Physicality: Emotions.”  Seminar Leader.  University of Maryland, USA, 2013.
  • “The Passions and Literary Love in the Eighteenth Century.”  Conference Organizer.  CHE Study Day: Literary Emotions Methodologies.  University of Melbourne, Australia, 2013.
  • “The International Job Market.” Professional Development Speaker. Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference, Australia,  2013.
  • “Equal Ardor in Haywood’s La Belle Assemblée.” International Visiting Fellow Talk. University of Melbourne, Australia, 2010.
  • “Shifty Desires: Translating, Adapting, and Collecting ‘equal Ardour.”  Chawton House Library Visiting Fellows’ Seminar, UK, 2010.
  • “Absent Babies and Bad Mothers” Faculty Works in Progress Presentation.  University of West Georgia, USA, 2009.
  • “Amatory Fiction: Sexy Novels of the Eighteenth Century Britain”, Feminist Scholar’s Brown Bag Series, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2006.
  • “Rubric Grading”, Department of Business and Technical Writing, Professional Development Seminar Series, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2006.

Conference Presentations

  • “Genre: The Emotional Practice of Amatory Fiction.” Emotions Work in the Historical Past, Workshop.” CHE Workshop. University of Melbourne.  Melbourne Australia Nov 2014.“Haywood’s Novels and an Ethics of the Passions.”  American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS).  Williamsburg, VA, USA March 2014.

  • “Emotion in the Long Eighteenth Century.” Seminar Chair. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS).  Williamsburg, VA, USA March 2014.“Criminal Rehabilitation: Jamaica, the Early Novel, Sexual Crime, and Redemption.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS).  Williamsburg, VA, USA March 2014.

  • “‘Fire Enough to Inspire’: Metaphors of Flame and Character Development in Aphra Behn’s Fiction.”  CHE Collaboratory: Fire Stories.  University of Melbourne.  Melbourne, Australia.  2013.
  • "Literary Passions.”  North East American Society for Eighteenth-Century Study.  Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2013.
  • “Digital Humanities: Getting Involved.” Seminar Chair.  Aphra Behn Society Bi-Annual Conference.  Tulsa, OK, USA.  2013.
  • “Eliza Haywood’s Progress through the Passions.”  Aphra Behn Society Bi-Annual Conference.  Tulsa, OK, USA.  2013.
  • “Adapting Desires in Aphra Behn’s The History of the Nun.”  Australia New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS).  Melbourne, Australia.  2013.
  • “Haywood’s Progress through the Passions”  CHE Biennial Research Meeting.  Adelaide, Australia, 2012.
  • “Haywood’s Passions.” CHE Research Collaboratory: The Authenticity of Emotions: Skeptical and Sympathetic Sociability in the Eighteenth-Century British Public Sphere.  Adelaide, Australia, 2012.
  • “Delarivier Manley’s The Power of Love (The Fair Hypocrite).” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (ASECS), San Antonio, TX, USA, 2012.
  • “Translating Character: The Role of Desire in Eliza Haywood’s La Belle Assembleé.”  Literature and Translation: An International Conference.  Melbourne, Australia, 2011.
  • “Collecting Passions and the Value of Haywood’s Early Novels.”  David Nichol Smith Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2011.
  • “Translation and Influence: Haywood’s La Belle Assembleé” and “Beyond Recovery?: New Directions, Old Sources.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (ASECS), Vancouver, Canada, 2011.
  • “Amorous Nymphs?: Cultural Prohibitions and Early Fiction,” Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2010.
  • “Behn’s The Fair Jilt and the Innovation of English Fiction,” Aphra Behn Society, Lebanon, TN, USA, 2009.
  •  “Absent Babies, Bad Mothers, and the Amatory Heroine in Haywood,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (ASECS), Richmond, VA, USA, 2009
  • “Eliza Haywood’s Erotic Reasoning,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMCS), Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2008
  • “Rethinking Haywood’s Place,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (ASECS), Portland, OR, USA, 2008
  • “Theatrical Self-Fashioning in The Fair Jilt and Roxana,” Aphra Behn Society Conference, Albuquerque, NM, USA, 2007
  • “Recasting the Rise of the Novel: Miss Betsy, Haywood and the Amatory Form,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (ASECS), Atlanta, GA, USA, 2007
  • “Sex as Survivial or Fun?: Defoe’s Behn’s and Haywood’s Whores”  Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMCS), Chicago, IL, USA, 2007
  • “The Fair Cruel Heroine: Genre and the Contested Space of Female Desire in Adaptations of Aphra Behn’s The History of the Nun”  American Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (ASECS), Montreal, Canada, 2006.
  • “Unhappily, Temporarily-After: Restoration Comedy to Amatory Fiction.”  Aphra Behn Society Conference, Daytona Beach, FL, USA, 2005.
  • “Homosocial Endings in Popular Fiction: Defoe’s Captain Singleton and Haywood’s The City Jilt”  American Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (ASECS), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 2005
  • “Accounting for the Golden Age of Piracy and Pen Prostitution.”  Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMCS), Orlando, FL, USA, 2004
  • “‘Life Cannot Bear These Raptures’”: The Construction of Love in Eliza Haywood’s Love in Excess”  Mid-West American Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (MWASECS), St. Louis, MO, USA, 2004.
  • “The ‘Liberating Space’ of Fantasy.”  Aphra Behn Society Conference, Buffalo, NY, USA, 2003.  (Recipient of the Graduate Essay Prize)
  • “Matrimonial Murders: Fantasy of Power in Amatory Fiction”  Aphra Behn Society Conference, Oakland, CA, USA, 2002.