INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Dei Gratia: The Economics of Infinite Jest,” Ludwig Maximilians University, Department of English and American Studies, American Studies Lecture Series: Critical Perspectives on History, Culture, and Society, Munich, Germany, May 27, 2015.

“David Foster Wallace and Financial Crisis,” Providence College, Department of English and Program in American Studies, Providence RI, October 29, 2014.

“Pynchon and the Internet,” Symposium on the Recent Work of Thomas Pynchon, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA, April 20, 2010.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Breaking Bad and the Refusal of Therapy,” Television Area Panel, Popular Culture Association, Seattle, March 2016.

“Lippinfink: The Publication History of The Crying of Lot 49,” Roundtable: “The Crying of Lot 49 at 50,” Modern Language Association, Austin, January 2016.

“The Rejection of Contract in Contemporary U.S. Fiction,” Panel: “Narrative and Time: Timely and Untimely Interventions in Contemporary U.S. Fictions,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Portland, November 2015.

“Love in the Time of Financialization: Other Halves, Currency in Crisis, and David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men,” Panel: “Free Market Fictions,” American Studies Association, Toronto, October 2015.

“Pynchon Under Contract: The Legacy of His Book Deals in a Neoliberal America,” International Pynchon Conference, Athens, Greece, June 2015.

“The Megaton Novel of U.S. Bureaucracy: Libra’s Influence on The Pale King,” Don DeLillo Society Panel: “DeLillo’s Influences/Influence,” American Literature Association, Boston, May 2015.

“David Foster Wallace’s Depression: The 1930s in the Early Fiction,” First Annual David Foster Wallace Conference, Illinois State University, Normal IL, May 2014.

“‘The tone of agreement’: DeLillo’s Aestheticization of Consent,” Don DeLillo Society Panel: “Is there a Don DeLillo Doctrine?”, American Literature Association, Washington DC, May 2014.

“Writer for Mayor: Jonathan Lethem, Norman Mailer, and Post-9/11 New York,” Panel: “Space and Belonging in Post-9/11 U.S. Literature,” Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, January 2014.

“Pynchon’s Return to Long Island,” Roundtable: “Pynchon at the Bleeding Edge: A Discussion of Thomas Pynchon’s New Novel,” Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, January 2014.

“Pynchon and the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair,” International Pynchon Conference, University of Durham, UK, August 2013.

“‘A living transaction between humans’: David Foster Wallace and Lewis Hyde’s The Gift,” Panel: “Commodity, Celebrity, David Foster Wallace,” American Literature Association, Boston, May 2013.

“David Foster Wallace and Political Commitment,” American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, Providence, March-April 2012.

“The Commitment Blank: Charles Johnson, Consent, and the Fate of the African-American Signature,” International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, Las Vegas, March 2012.

“Jonathan Franzen’s Endangered Novelist [on Freedom],” International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, St. Louis, April 2011.

“Marcel Proust, Urban Developer: Jonathan Franzen and Embattled Modernist Aestheticism [on The Twenty-Seventh City],” American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, April 2011.

“‘The abstractions she was instructed to embody’: Women, Capitalism, and Against the Day,” International Pynchon Conference, Lublin, Poland, June 2010.

“Totalitarianism and the Meaning of Diaspora: John Edgar Wideman,” Panel: “Struggle: African-American Literature and History,” American Literature Association, San Francisco, May 2010.

“American Biblical Vernacular: Moby-Dick Through the Lens of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead,” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, University of Louisville, February 2009.

“Pynchon’s Dogs,” International Pynchon Conference, Munich, Germany, June 2008.

“‘People know me here’: The Suburbs and Assimilation in Chang-rae Lee’s A Gesture Life,” Panel: “The Suburbs in Recent Literature and Film,” American Studies Association, Philadelphia, October 2007.

“Witness to a Holocaust: John Edgar Wideman and the Idea of Genocide,” John Edgar Wideman Society Panel, American Literature Association, Boston, May 2007.

“‘Gate-mouthed profiles wearing wide-brimmed hats’: Policing and Profiling in Toni Morrison’s Love,” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, University of Louisville, February 2007.

Voice and Totalitarian Environment in Why Are We in Vietnam?,” Norman Mailer Society Conference, Provincetown MA, October 2006.

“Creeping Figs in Prefascist Twilight: Transforming Images of American Totalitarianism in Vineland,” International Pynchon Conference, Granada, Spain, June 2006.

“Chimeras of Racial Difference in Charles Johnson’s ‘Executive Decision,’” Charles Johnson Society Panel, American Literature Association, San Francisco, May 2006.

“A Rocket With All of Our Names On It: Thomas Pynchon and the Atomic War Memorial,” American Comparative Literature Association, Yale University, New Haven CT, February 2000.

PRESENTATIONS AT UBC

“David Foster Wallace, Neoliberalism, and the Question of Value,” University of British Columbia Department of English Faculty Research Series, March 2015.

“Iz uh-huhn-uh-huhn-iz: Suzan-Lori Parks and Ways to Say (yes.),” University of British Columbia Department of English Faculty Research Series, January 2013.

“Author Under Contract: David Foster Wallace and the Commitment to Fiction,” University of British Columbia Department of English Faculty Research Series, March 2012.

“‘The tone of agreement’: Don DeLillo’s Fictions of Consent,” University of British Columbia Department of English Faculty Research Series, March 2011.

“The Voices of Obama: Listening to the Dreams from My Father Audiobook,” University of British Columbia Department of English Faculty Research Series, March 2010.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZING, ETC.

Roundtable organizer and moderator, “The Crying of Lot 49 at 50,” Modern Language Association, Austin, January 2016.

Panel organizer and chair, “Narrative and Time: Timely and Untimely Interventions in Contemporary U.S. Fictions,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Portland, November 2015.

Seminar co-organizer and co-chair, “Sincerity, Authenticity, and Affect in the Neoliberal Age,” American Comparative Literature Association, University of Washington, Seattle, March 2015.

Panel organizer, “Commodity, Celebrity, David Foster Wallace,” American Literature Association, Boston, May 2013.

Panel co-organizer, “Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day,” Northeast Modern Language Association, University of Buffalo, April 2008.