Keynote address, “Reverent Form.” VSAWC: Victorian Studies
Association of Western Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, April
“George Eliot in the Tidepools: Seashore Natural History
Networks of the 1850s,”
NAVSA, Madison, WI, September 2012.
“Reverent Form, Secularism, and the Nineteenth-Century British
Novel,” Studies in the Novel Society Conference, Duke University,
“Reverent Form and Secularism in the Victorian Moment.” 1
hour invited presentation to the CUNY VICTORIAN STUDIES SEMINAR,
March 7th, 2012
“Seashore Natural History Networks of the 1850s: A Literary
Perspective,” History of Science Society, Cleveland, Ohio, November
“ The World of the Small”: Periodical Natural History
and Observation Guides,” NAVSA, Montreal, Quebec,
“Reverent Form: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Everyday.” The Victorian
Everyday, North-East Victorian Studies Conference, Wellesley
College, April, 2009.
“Darwin and the Victorian Literary Imagination.” Darwin at 200:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives, St. John’s University, February 12,
“Natural History and the Novel: Dilatoriness and Length in the
19th-Century Novel of Everyday Life,” Theories of the Novel Now
Conference, Providence, RI, November 2007.
“Trollope’s Everyday: Natural History and Description in the
Barsetshire Series,” North American Victorian Studies Association
Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, October 2007.
“Mary Mitford’s Paranaturalism: Amateur Narratives of Natural
History.” INCS (Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century
Society), Kansas City, MO, April 2007
“Trollope and the Everyday.” Annual Keynote Lecture.
Trollope Society of North America, New York, NY, October
“Stilled Habitats: Mitford, White, and Paranaturalist Time,” North
American Victorian Studies Conference, Purdue University, September
“Stillness: Mitford, White, Austen,” Narrative Conference, Society
for the Study of Narrative Literature, Louisville, KY, March
“Reorienting the Scientific Frontier: Victorian Tide-pools and
Literary Realism,” North American Victorian Studies Association
(NAVSA), Toronto, Ontario, October 2004.
“Natural History, Regimes of Induction, and the Victorian Detail.”
‘What’s New in Victorian Studies?’ Conference, City University of
New York Graduate Center, New York, NY, May 2004.
“Prospect and Particularity: A Genealogy of the Victorian Detail,”
North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), Bloomington,
IN, October 2003.
“Pansies and Faded Rosebuds: Austen’s Blooming Heroines Reworked,”
Modern Language Association, New York, NY, December
“Gilbert White and the Practice of Literary Detail,” Science and
Literature Studies (SLS) Conference, Pasadena, CA, October
“Austen’s Particularities: A Natural History of the Detail in
Emma,” Narrative Conference, Society for the Study of Narrative
Literature, Michigan State University, MI, April 2002.
“Perception and Natural History: Or, How to Know What You See,”
Narrative Conference, Society for the Study of Narrative
Literature, Rice University, Houston, TX, March 2001.
“Fascinated in Spite of Herself: Organic Realism and George Eliot’s
Adam Bede.” University of California, Riverside, October,
“Taxonomical Cures: Herbalist Medicine and Elizabeth Gaskell’s
Institute, Columbia, SC, October 2000.
“Seaweeds and Sorrel: Eliot, Courtship, and Taxonomical Realism,”
Association, Chicago, IL, December 1999.
“Scientific Taxonomy and Courtship Narratives,” Experience and
Experiment: New York
University Victorian-Edwardian & Eighteenth-Century Studies
Group Conference, New York, NY, February 1998.
“Lovers Walk: Public and Private Pleasures in the
Eighteenth-Century Garden,” Anonymity Conference, Center for
Literary and Cultural Studies, Harvard University, March
“Improving Grounds, Improving Complexions: Austen, Whately, and the
Landscapes of Courtship,” Modern Language Association, Washington,
DC, December 1996.
“The Sexual System: Linnaean Botany and the Later
Eighteenth-Century Novel,” Northeast Association for
Eighteenth-Century Studies, Worcester, MA, September
“Traversing the Bloom: Representing Girlhood in Henry
James’ The Awkward Age and Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth,”
American Studies Association, Nashville, TN, October