Recent Talks

The Unseen Sailor: Dickens, Impressment, and Cultural Memory.”  Joint ACCUTE/NAVSA Special Session, “At the Edge of Perception: In/visibility and the Limits of Victorian Literature.”   ACCUTE University of Victoria, 1-4 June 2013

“An Ungodly Press” 17thAnnual Dickens Society Symposium, University of Kent, Canterbury. 13-15 Sept 2012.

“‘Banking in the Past’: On Dickens, Debt, and Remembrance.” Plenary Speaker, “Debt: Money/Narrative/Belief.” Department of English Graduate Student Conference, Dalhousie University, August 17-19, 2012.

“Rough Waters: Naval Impressment and Nineteenth-Century Cultural Memory.” Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (VSAO) Special Session: “The Tide that Binds: Exploring the Victorian Coast.” Association of College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) Conference, Universities of New Brunswick and St. Thomas, St. John, NB. May 2011.

“A Capital Past: Forgery, Wilkie Collins, and 19th-Century Cultural Memory.”  Annual Symposium on the Book, Caxton Club of Chicago, Newberry Library. April 2009.

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  • Subsequently broadcast on Chicago Amplified, a program of Chicago Public Radio (May 2009); recording available online here 
  • Abridged transcription in The Caxtonian: The Journal of the Caxton Club 17.7 (July 2009): 3-4.

“False Impressions: Law, Authenticity, and History in Nineteenth-Century Narratives of the Press Gang.”  Law and Literature Workshop Speaker Series, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. March 2009.

“Recountings: The Financing of Memory and History in Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities. Work in Nineteenth Century Studies (WINCS) Group. Department of English, University of Toronto.  March 2009.

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