Conference Papers and Panels (Literature)
Keynote Address. “"Bitter Tastes: Why Women Writers Aren't Recognized as Naturalists." Association for the Study of Emile Zola and Naturalism (AIZEN). New Orleans, LA. 6-8 March 2014.
“Wasted Bodies: Poverty, Disability, and Cinematic Naturalism in Wharton, Crane, and Early Film.” Presidential Theme Panel on "Vulnerable Times". Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention. 9-12 January 2013. Chicago, IL.
"California and the “Super-woman”: Mary Austin, Jack London, and The Little Lady of the Big House.” Western American Literature Conference. 9-12 October 2014. Berkeley, CA.
“Undercover in San Francisco: Miriam Michelson and Frank Norris in Chinatown.” Undercover America. Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention. 3-6 January 2013. Boston, MA.
“The Revenge of the Repressed: Citizenship and Resistance in the Stories of Elia Peattie, Kate M. Cleary, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Conference. 10-13 October. Denver, CO.
"Jack London and the 'Super-Woman': Mary Austin's A Woman of Genius and London's The Little Lady of the Big House." Jack London Biennial Symposium. 3-6 October 2012. Logan, UT.
Keynote Address. “Edith Wharton at 150: Wharton Goes Digital.” Edith Wharton at 150 Conference. Florence, Italy. 6-9 June 2012.
“Reforming San Francisco: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Drunkard’s Dilemma in Frank Norris and Emma Pow Bauder.” C19 Americanists Conference. 12-16 April 2012. Berkeley, CA.
Invited Participant. "What's Still Missing? What Now? What Next? A Roundtable on Digital Archives in American Literature." Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century American Literature Division Panel. Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention. 5-8 January 2012. Seattle, WA.
Session Organizer and Participant. "The Sidewalks of New York: Edith Wharton's Slum Stories and Early Cinema." Technologies of the Real: Early Cinematic Naturalism in Norris, London, and Wharton. Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention. 5-8 January 2012. Seattle, WA.
Chair and Co-Organizer with Bernard Koloski. “Author Society Web Sites.” American Literature Association Conference. 26-29 May 2011. Boston, MA.
"The Frenchwoman Dépaysée: Edith Wharton’s French Ways and Their Meaning, Gabrielle Landormy, and the Transnational Body." Edith Wharton and Travel. Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention. 6-9 January 2011. Los Angeles, CA.
“Teaching Stephen Crane.” Stephen Crane Roundtable. American Literature Association Conference. 26-29 May 2011. Boston, MA.
“Women and Naturalism.” Roundtable on The Oxford Handbook of American Naturalism. American Literature Association Conference. 26-29 May 2011. Boston, MA.
"Street Language: Wisecracking Modernism in Pre-Code Films." Classical Sound Film and Cultures of Modernism Panel. Modernist Studies Association Conference. 11-14 November 2010. Victoria, British Columbia.
“’Have you read my ‘Christ’ story?’: Mary Austin’s The Man Jesus, London’s The Star Rover, and the “Bone-Headed” Masses.” Jack London Biennial Symposium. 4-6 November 2010. Santa Rosa, CA. Other participation: participant in invited plenary panel on "New Directions for Jack London Scholarship."
“’The Greatest Pathos and the Highest Tragedy’: W. D. Howells’s Letters to Harvey Greene.” American Literature Association Conference. 27-30 May 2010. San Francisco, CA.
“W. D. Howells’s Civil War.” Pacific Northwest American Studies Association. April 16-17, 2010. Spokane, WA.
“Making an American Citizen: Teaching Citizenship in Social Problem Films of the Progressive Era.” Panel title: “ Visual Productions of Citizenship in American Culture.” American Studies Association Conference. 5-9 November 2009. Washington, D.C.
“She don’t want no ‘doptin’ of yours”: Stealing Children in Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s The Annals of ‘ Steenth Street” and Ann Petry’s The Street.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW). 22-24 October 2009. Philadelphia, PA.
“Thoreau in the Suburbs: Transcendentalism in Douglas Sirk’s All that Heaven Allows.” Film panel. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference. RMMLA Session on Film. 8-10 October 2009. Snowbird, UT.
Respondent for Hamlin Garland panel on Rose of Dutcher’s Coolly, featuring Donald Pizer and Stephen Brennan. American Literature Association Conference. 21-25 May 2009. Boston, MA.
“Edith Wharton’s “Book of the Grotesque”: Sherwood Anderson, Modernism, and the Late Stories.” Edith Wharton session at the American Literature Association Conference. 21-25 May 2009. Boston, MA.
“Land, Revenge, and Redemption in the Western Stories of Mary Hallock Foote and Rose Wilder Lane.” Pacific Northwest American Studies Association. 16-18 April 2009. Lincoln City, OR.
“It could have been any street”: Ann Petry’s The Street and Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s In ‘Steenth Street Stories.’ International MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) Conference. 2-5 April 2009. Spokane, WA.
“Claiming California: Land Use, Speculation, and the Pioneer Myth in Jack London’s and Rose Wilder Lane’s California Novels.” Jack London Biennial Symposium. Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA. 8-10 October 2008.
“Edith Wharton Meets Aquaman: The Glimpses of the Moon and Imperiled Male Culture in Entourage.” Edith Wharton Session on Wharton in Popular Culture. American Literature Association Conference. San Francisco, CA. 24-28 May 2008.
“What Charity Saw: Edith Wharton’s Summer and the Progressive Era Social Problem Film.” Edith Wharton and History Conference. 26-28 June, 2008. Lenox. MA.
“Teaching Stephen Crane’s The Monster.” Stephen Crane Panel. American Literature Association Conference.24-28 May 2008. San Francisco, CA.
“’Where are my children?’: Pregnancy and Abortion in the Progressive Era Film.” PNASA. 8-10 April 2008. Walla Walla, WA.
“Lillie Chace Wyman: ‘Grim Realist’ or Early Naturalist?” American Literature Association Symposium on Naturalism. 4-5 October 2007. Newport Beach, California. Other activities: Invited participant in “What is Naturalism?” Plenary Session Panel; California. Session Chair and Organizer: “Women and Naturalism” panel; “Ellen Glasgow: Joining the Naturalists’ Club?” Naturalism slam.
“Love in Leisure Spaces: Tourism, Courtship, and Marriage in The Coast of Bohemia and An Open-Eyed Conspiracy.” William Dean Howells Society Session. American Literature Association Conference. Boston, MA. 24-27 May 2007.
“’National Housekeeping’ and the Industrial Home: The Child Worker in Lillie Chace Wyman’s Reform Fiction.” Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, Portland, OR. 27-28 April 2007.
MLA Conference. 27-30 December 2006. Philadelphia, PA.
“Narcissism for the Nation: Undine Spragg and Patriotism in The Custom of the Country.” MLA Conference. 27-30 December 2006. Philadelphia, PA. Other activities: Session Organizer and Chair. “Nation, Race, and Citizenship in Edith Wharton’s Works.”
“A Forgotten Daughter of Bohemia: Gertrude Christian Fosdick’s Out of Bohemia.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference. 7-11 November 2006. Philadelphia, PA.
“Burning Daylight and the Business of Redemption.” Jack London Society Biennial Symposium. Keynote Speaker. June 30-July 7, 2006. Alaska.
“Digital Americanists: American Literature Site.” American Literature Association. 27-30 May 2006. San Francisco, CA.
“Disrupting the Transracial Romance in the Stories of Bret Harte and Mary Hallock Foote.” Pacific Northwest American Studies Association. 14-15 April 2006. Spokane, WA.
Session Organizer and Chair. "French Ways and Their Meaning: Consuming, Collecting, and French Identity in Edith Wharton." MLA 2005.
"Daughters of Bohemia: 1890s Novels of the Woman Artist." Nineteenth-Century American Literature Panel. Rocky Mountain MLA. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 20-22 October 2005.
"Society Novel" or Social Critique?: Wharton's House of Mirth, David Graham Phillips's The Social Secretary, and Frank Norris's The Pit." Celebrating the Centenary of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth. Poughkeepsie, NY. 23-25 June 2005.
“Relative Truths: Father Forbes and the Culture of Nineteenth-Century Priesthood.” Session: Rediscovery of Harold Frederic’s The Damnation of Theron Ware. American Literature Association. Boston, MA. 27-30 May 2005. Other participation: Session Organizer and Chair. Hamlin Garland Session.
"Lillie Buffum Chace Wyman: An Early Naturalist?" Pacific Northwest American Studies Association. Portland, OR. 14-16 April 2005.
"The Expatriate as Nation-Builder: Rose Wilder Lane's 'Little House' in 1920s Albania." Session: Victorian Matriarchs and Modernist Doppelgangers: American Middle-class Women Writers. Modernist Studies Association. Vancouver, BC. 21-24 October 2004.
"The Strength of the Stubborn: Disastrous Naming in 'Samuel' and Rose Terry Cooke’s 'Freedom Wheeler’s Controversy with Providence.'” Jack London Biennial Symposium. Santa Rosa, CA. 23-25 May 2004.
Session chair and panel organizer for sessions on Edith Wharton's short fiction and on Hamlin Garland. American Literature Association. San Francisco. 27-30 May 2004.
"More than a Family Resemblance? Agnes Crane’s “A Victorious Defeat” and Stephen Crane’s The Third Violet." Pacific Northwest American Studies Association. Warm Springs, OR. 16-17 April 2004.
“Lillie Buffum Chace Wyman: Regionalism and Social Justice.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Fort Worth, Texas. 24-28 September 2003.
“It is a kind of exile, isn’t it?”: Hamlin Garland, Edith Wharton, and the Place of the Literary Expatriate.” Edith Wharton in London: 2003. London, England.14-17 July 2003.
“Kinetoscopic Realism: Technology, Silent Film, and the Teaching of Naturalism.” International MLA Conference. New York, NY. 27-30 December 2002.
“Miss Lulu Bett from Novel to Film.” Session on Zona Gale. American Literature Association Conference. Long Beach, CA. 30 May -2 June 2002. Other participation: Session Organizer and Chair. Stephen Crane Session.
“Lane, Wharton, Fisher, and the Politics of Home.” Pacific Northwest American Studies Association. Spokane, WA. 18-20 April 2002.
“"William Dean Howells and Mary Wilkins Freeman." American Literature Association Conference. Cambridge, MA. 24-27 May 2001. Other participation: Session Organizer and Chair for “Stephen Crane and History.”
"Figures of Nationhood: Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country and Robert Grant's Unleavened Bread." Society for the Study of American Women Writers. San Antonio, Texas. 14-18 February 2001.
“Cloisters of Childhood: Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and the Architecture of Race.” Session Title: Southern Women Writers and the Short Story: Place, Gender, Genre” sponsored by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, an Affiliate Organization of the Modern Language Association. International MLA Convention, Washington, D. C. December 27-30, 2000.
“’Home Fires’ and After: Region, Memory, and the Great War in Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s The Deepening Stream.” Session Title: Fictions of Peace: The “Great War” of Jane Addams, Zona Gale, and Dorothy Canfield Fisher. International MLA Convention, Washington, D.C. December 27-30, 2000.
“The New Woman and the Tragic Muse: Agency and Artistry in "The Muse's Tragedy," The Custom of the Country, and Robert Grant's Unleavened Bread.” Edith Wharton at Newport: 2000 Conference. Newport, Rhode Island. June 21-25, 2000.
Chair and Session Organizer. “Hamlin Garland as Memoirist.” Hamlin Garland Society Session. American Literature Association Conference, Long Beach, California. 25-28 May 2000.
"He Was a Man": Rose Wilder Lane's Jack London.” Jack London Session. American Literature Association Conference, Long Beach, California. May 25-28, 2000.
“Edith Wharton as Muckraker? The Fruit of the Tree and the Social Problem Novel.” Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, Moscow, Idaho. April 20-22, 2000.
"Imagining Albania in America: Rose Wilder Lane and the Politics of 'Home.'" Session Title: "Still at Issue: Legacies of Progressive Era Women." American Studies Association International Conference. Montreal, Quebec. October 28-31, 1999.
"Taking Tips and Losing Class: Challenging the Service Economy in Mildred Pierce." Session Title: "Whose Modernism?: Class Resistance, the Body, and Depression-Era Fiction." Modernist Studies Conference, State College, PA. October 7-10, 1999.
"Revisioning Pastoral Romance: Hamlin Garland's Rose of Dutcher's Coolly and Edith Wharton's Summer. Hamlin Garland Session. American Literature Association. Baltimore, Maryland. May 27-30, 1999.
"The (American) Muse's Tragedy: Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Jack London." Pacific Northwest American Studies Association. Lincoln City, Oregon. April 8-10, 1999.
Edith Wharton and her 1920s Contemporaries. Session Organizer and Chair for Affiliated Organization Session (Edith Wharton Society). International MLA Convention. San Francisco, California. December 27-30, 1998.
"Beyond 'the sunbonnets': Rose Wilder Lane, Edna Ferber, and the New Western Heroine." Western Literature Association. Banff, Alberta. October 15-17, 1998.
"'The Muse's Tragedy' and the Eternal Triangle: Jack London and Edith Wharton." Jack London Society Biennial Symposium. Huntington Library, Pasadena, California. October 7-11, 1998.
"New Perspectives on The Damnation of Theron Ware." American Literature Association Conference. San Diego, California. May 27-30, 1998.
"Stepping Westward: Edna Ferber, Rose Wilder Lane, and Domestic Regional Fiction." Pacific Northwest American Studies Association. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. April 9-11, 1998.
Respondent for Panel on American Women Writers of the 1920s. International MLA Convention. Toronto, Ontario. December 27-30, 1997.
"Domesticating Trilby: Frank Norris and the Naturalistic Art Novel." Sixth International Conference on Emile Zola and Naturalism. Los Angeles, California. October 23-25, 1997.
"Resisting Regionalism: Local Color, Naturalism, and Gender." Invited presentation. Sixth International Conference on Emile Zola and Naturalism. Los Angeles, California. October 23-25, 1997.
"Frank Norris: Apprenticeship Writings." Panel presentation. American Literature Association Convention. Baltimore, Maryland, May 22-25, 1997.
"'The Blue Juniata': Native American Voices in Little House on the Prairie." Northeast Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 20-22, 1997.
"Women with Weapons: Feminine Culture and Male Liberation in Martin Eden, George's Mother, and Vandover and the Brute." Jack London Society Biennial Symposium. Santa Rosa, California. October 2-5, 1996.
"Jewett and the Naturalists: The Country of the Pointed Firs Meets the 'Masculine Principle.' Sarah Orne Jewett and Her Contemporaries: The Centennial Conference. Portland, Maine. June 21-23, 1996.
Organizer and Session Chair. "Edith Wharton: Shorter Fiction." Northeast Modern Language Association. Montreal, Quebec. April 19-20, 1996.
"From Balcony Stories to Front Porch Stories at the One-Room School: Tales of Childhood in Southern Regional Fiction." Southern Women Writers Conference. Rome, Georgia. April 12-14, 1996.
"Reading Class in Mildred Pierce." Conference on Working Class Lives. Youngstown, Ohio. June 9-11, 1995.
"Neglected Masterpiece: Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth, and Susan Lenox." Edith Wharton at Yale Conference. New Haven, Connecticut. April 28-30, 1995.
"Competing Voices: Wild Men and Narrative Disruption in Little House on the Prairie." Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature in Nashville, Tennessee. April 20-22, 1995.
"Harold Frederic's 'Hybrid Female': The Damnation of Theron Ware and the Transformation of Realism." Presented at American Realism Session. Central New York Papers on Language and Literature in Cortland, New York. October 16-18, 1994.
Moderator for panel on "Community in the City and Suburb." Panel participants: Blanche Gelfant, Katherine Joslin, Wyn Kelley. American Literature Association Convention. San Diego, CA. June 3-5, 1994.
"Edith Wharton and the 'Authoresses': The Critique of Local Color in Wharton's Early Fiction." Presented at session on "Edith Wharton and Literary Genres." Northeast MLA Convention. Pittsburgh, PA. April 8-10, 1994.
"Rewriting the 'rose and lavender pages': Edith Wharton and Women's Local Color Fiction." Presented at the American Literature Division Section on "Gender, Regionalism, and Realism: American Literature, 1880-1920." International MLA Convention.Toronto, Ontario. December 27-30, 1993.
"Sentimental Convention and Self-Protection: Little Women and The Wide, Wide World." Central New York MLA Conference in Cortland, New York. October 20-22, 1991.
“The Secret Life of Edith Wharton.” Young Indy Documentaries. Jak Films, Inc. Prod. Betsy Bayha. Lucasfilm, 2007.
Interviews on Jack London for a film documentary on the author. Million Images films, producers of PBS documentaries. 5 July 2006 in Alaska and 10 October 2006 in Oakland, California.