Writing and speaking
Talks and conference papers
- “Creating a Canon of Sentimental Verse: Nineteenth-Century American Readers and their Commonplace Books.” Paper presented at the Reception Study Society Fifth Biannual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, September 28, 2013.
- Panelist for “Leaders on the Right Track in the Academy.” MLA 2013, January 5, 2013.
- Panelist for “Alt-ac in the Liberal Arts: Hybridity at the Intersection of Teaching and Learning.” 2012 NITLE Symposium, Arlington, VA, April 2012.
- “Memorial Genres: Poetry Anthologies and Commonplace Books in 19th-century New England.” Paper presented at Material Cultures 2010, University of Edinburgh, July 17, 2010 (abstract).
- Panelist for “Ph.Ds in Academic Libraries,” roundtable at ACRL 14th national conference, Seattle, March 14th, 2009. Also participated in a follow-up ACRL On-Point Chat, September 23rd, 2009.
- “Distributed Authority Control in the Age of Web 2.0: The Case of LibraryThing.” Paper presented at the Questioning Authority conference, University of Michigan School of Information, March 29, 2008.
- Panelist for “CLIR Fellows—a different entry point to academic librarianship,” roundtable at ACRL 12th national conference, Minneapolis, April 9, 2005.
- “‘Every red letter’: Richard Crashaw’s Perverse Art of Memory.” Paper presented at the 10th annual meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Tampa, FL, November 16, 2002.
- Conference introduction and “Rhyme and the Memory of It.” Presented at the “New Formalisms and the Lyric in History” conference, University of Michigan, January 19, 2001.
- “Mourning, Iconophobia, and the Performance of Sorrow in The Winter’s Tale.” Presented at the “On Religious Grounds: From Discipline to Disciplinarity in Medieval and Renaissance Studies” conference, University of Michigan, January 29, 2000.
- “Shared Reading at a Distance: The Commonplace Books of the Stockton Family, 1812–40.” Book History 18 (2015), pp. 103-133.
- “Mobile applications for literary study: There’s an app for that.” College & Research Libraries News 74 no. 8 (2013), pp. 413-416.
- “Of Hybrarians, Scholar-Librarians, Academic Refugees, and Feral Professionals.” Co-written chapter in #alt-ac: Alternate Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars, ed. Bethany Nowviskie. Available online via MediaCommons under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. 2011.
- “‘Full character’d’: Competing Forms of Memory in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” In A Companion to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, ed. Michael Schoenfeldt (Malden, MA : Blackwell, 2007). (Google Books link)
- “Off the Subject: Rhyme, Distraction, and Forgetfulness in Early Modern Poetic Theory.” In Sites of Forgetting in Early Modern English Literature and Culture: Lethe’s Legacy, ed. Christopher Ivic and Grant Williams (New York: Routledge, 2004).
- “RSS Feeds for the Literature Selector,” an article I wrote for the Spring 2009 issue of Biblio-Notes (PDF link), the newsletter of the ACRL Literatures in English Section
- “For the Love of Books,” an article I wrote for the Swarthmore College Library newsletter that was later featured on the College’s home page.
- Guest blog posts written for ProfHacker, a Chronicle of Higher Education blog:
- A selection of posts from my own blog that I think have held up well:
- Blog at your own risk (started off as a response to a rather silly anti-blogging screed, ended up being a statement of why I do this blogging thing myself)
- Ideal intellectual communities (a post from many years ago, but one I still stand by)
- Knitting epiphany (on form, structure, knitting, poetry, and related things)
- Why research is hard (part 1, part 2, part 3)
- Getting into other people’s heads, part 1 and part 2 (some thoughts on why we read literature)
- On the sticking power of poetry (why I like memorizing poems)
- On walkability: a series of posts about cities and walking (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5)
- The past is a foreign country; they write poems differently there (some thoughts on a current research project)