Conferences and Talks

Invited Keynote Papers

“Nature vs. Nurture: Heteronormative Resolution in L.M. Montgomery’s Fiction.” L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature, University of Prince Edward Island, 25 June 2010.

“Transcultural Industries, Transcultural Memories: Anne of Green Gables and Its Afterlives.” Nationalism(s) and Cultural Memory in Texts of Childhood, University of Worcester (UK), 10 April 2010.

“What’s in a Name? Anne Shirley, Modern Hollywood Star.” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, and the Idea of “Classic,” University of Prince Edward Island, 25 June 2008.

“Agency, Belonging, Citizenship: The ABCs of Nation-Building in Contemporary Canadian Texts for Adolescents.” International Symposium on Adolescent Literature, Ningbo University (China), 19 May 2007.

Papers Presented

“New Gileads: Margaret Atwood on Screen.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, University of British Columbia, 2 June 2019.

“A Name for Herself: ‘L.M. Montgomery’ and the Possibilities of Gender” (plenary panel). L.M. Montgomery and Gender, University of Prince Edward Island, 23 June 2016.

“Complicated Likenesses: Canadian Youth Narratives Across Age-Based Readerships.” ACCUTE conference, University of Calgary, 31 May 2016.

“The War in Print: Reviews of L.M. Montgomery’s Great War Books” (plenary panel). L.M. Montgomery and War, University of Prince Edward Island, 27 June 2014.

“Reviews of L.M. Montgomery 1908–1939: A Forgotten Public Narrative” (plenary panel). L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory, University of Prince Edward Island, 23 June 2012.

“Editing L.M. Montgomery across the Scholarly/Trade Divide.” Conference on Editorial Problems: Editing Modernism in Canada, University of Toronto, 23 October 2010.

“Divided City, Divided Self: Reading Montreal in MacLennan and Roy.” L’Association des littératures canadiennes et québécoise / The Association of Canadian and Québec Literatures conference, Concordia University, 28 May 2010.

“‘Used in Some Other Book’: L.M. Montgomery as Reader.” L.M. Montgomery – Writer of the World, Uppsala University (Sweden), 22 August 2009.

“What’s in a Name? Anne Shirley, Modern Hollywood Star” (keynote panel). L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, and the Idea of “Classic,” University of Prince Edward Island, 25 June 2008.

“In Search of Someday: Reparation and Repetition in Joy Kogawa’s Post-Obasan Fiction.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, University of British Columbia, 1 June 2008.

“Anne Shirley, RKO Gal: From Avonlea Girl to Modern Hollywood Star.” A Ryerson Showcase: The Centenary of Anne of Green Gables, Ryerson University, 5 April 2008.

“Conflict and Dissonance in the L.M. Montgomery Archives: Untying the Yellow Ribbon.” Storm and Dissonance: L.M. Montgomery and Conflict, University of Prince Edward Island, 25 June 2006.

“Adolescence through the Looking-Glass: Ideology and the Represented Child in Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Children’s Literature Association conference (Los Angeles), 9 June 2006.

“‘Caroline, I’ll See to the Ponies’: Adapting and Readapting Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie.” Children’s Literature Association conference (Los Angeles), 9 June 2006.

“Nationalism, Nostalgia, and Intergenerational Girlhood: Narrative Extensions to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House.” Children’s Literature Association conference (Winnipeg), 10 June 2005.

“From Bad Boy to Dead Boy: Agency, Homophobia, and the Unsaid in Diana Wieler’s Bad Boy and Brian Payton’s Hail Mary Corner.” Children’s Literature Association conference (El Paso), 7 June 2003.

“Pigsties and Sunsets: L.M. Montgomery, A Tangled Web, and a Modernism of Her Own.” ReCalling Early Canada: Reading the Political in Cultural and Literary Production, McMaster University, 23 June 2003.

“The Performance Anxiety of L.M. Montgomery.” L.M. Montgomery and Life Writing, University of Prince Edward Island, 22 June 2002.

“Our Beloved Lucy Maud: Mythologizing the Creator for the Sake of the Creation.” L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture, University of Prince Edward Island, 1 July 2000.

“Walter’s Closet.” Message in a Bottle: The Literatures of Small Islands, University of Prince Edward Island, 26 June 1998.

Round Tables and Colloquia

Invited participant, “Sustainability, Mentorship, and Intellectual Production: The Present and Future of Emerging Scholars in Canadian Literary Studies,” TransCanada Institute, University of Guelph, 5–6 April 2013.

“Academic Fashion” (ESC-sponsored panel), Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, Concordia University, 29 May 2010.

Panel discussing two short films related to L.M. Montgomery. From Canada to the World: The Cultural Influence of Lucy Maud Montgomery (Guelph, ON), 23 October 2008.

Anne of Green Gables: A Literary Icon at 100; Canadian Scholars and Critics Reflect on Anne of Green Gables in the Centenary Year.” Organized by Irene Gammel. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, University of British Columbia, 31 May 2008.

Paper representing Canadian Children’s Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse. Open Access Symposium, University of Winnipeg, 5 February 2007.

Conferences Organized

Proposal vetting committee, L.M. Montgomery and Gender, University of Prince Edward Island, 23–26 June 2016.

Co-organizer and Co-chair (with Andrea McKenzie), L.M. Montgomery and War, University of Prince Edward Island, 26–29 June 2014. (Call for Papers)

Program Chair, L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory, University of Prince Edward Island, 21–24 June 2012. (Call for Papers)

Co-organizer and Co-chair (with Jean Mitchell), L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature, University of Prince Edward Island, 23–27 June 2010.

Panels Organized and Chaired

“Crossover Texts.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, University of Calgary, 29 May 2016. (Call for Papers)

“Nature vs. Nurture: Cultural Inheritance in Canadian Literature.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, Concordia University, 28 May 2010. (Call for Papers)

Anne of Green Gables: New Directions at 100.” Jointly with Irene Gammel. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, University of British Columbia, 31 May 2008.

“Changes and Choices: Intertextuality and L.M. Montgomery.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, University of Manitoba, 31 May 2004.

Round Table Organized and Chaired

“Indigenous Texts and Young People.” Association of Research in Cultures of Young People annual conference, Ryerson University, 30 May 2017. (Call for Papers)

Panels Chaired

“Print Culture I.” ACCUTE conference, University of British Columbia, 3 June 2019.

“Copyright, Cut-Ups, and Collaboration.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, Ryerson University, 28 May 2017.

“Edible Atwood.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, Ryerson University, 28 May 2017.

“Boyhood, Girlhood, Place, and Space” (plenary panel). L.M. Montgomery and Gender, University of Prince Edward Island, 26 June 2016.

“Adaptations I.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English conference, University of Calgary, 28 May 2016.

Keynote address by Irene Gammel. L.M. Montgomery and War, University of Prince Edward Island, 27 June 2014.

“Memory, Communities, and Readers.” L.M. Montgomery and Cultural Memory, University of Prince Edward Island, 22 June 2012.

Keynote address by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly. L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature, University of Prince Edward Island, 25 June 2010.

“A Different Anne? Anne in Translation.” L.M. Montgomery—Writer of the World, Uppsala University (Sweden), 22 August 2009.

“Transforming our Gender(ed) Icons.” Transformations, Children’s Literature Association conference (Los Angeles), 10 June 2006.

“Building a Career in Children’s Literature.” Performing Childhood, Children’s Literature Association conference (Winnipeg), 10 June 2005.

Public Talks

“Memory Pictures: Toward a Critical Edition of L.M. Montgomery’s Complete Poems.” L.M. Montgomery Day: A Celebration of Poetry, Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario (Leaskdale, ON), 29 October 2016.

“Reviews of Anne of Green Gables and Its Sequels.” Winter Words and Works, Department of English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, 3 February 2016.

“In Lands Afar: L.M. Montgomery Recapturing Prince Edward Island in Ontario.” Maud’s Landscapes: The Effect of Nature on Her Writing, Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario (Leaskdale, ON), 24 October 2015.

“Reviewers’ Reflections on L.M. Montgomery’s War Books.” The Canadian Home Front: L.M. Montgomery’s Reflections on War, North York Public Library (Toronto), 27 January 2015.

“Chronicles about Chronicles; or, ‘Used in Some Other Book.’” Maud the Storyteller, Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario (Leaskdale, ON), 25 October 2014.

“The Woman behind Anne of Green Gables: Her Story/My Story.” Adult Education Hour, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Kitchener, ON), 12 February 2012.

“Editing in Canada: The Case of L.M. Montgomery.” Jointly with Irene Gammel. Editing as Cultural Practice: Institutional Formations, Collaboration, and Literatures in Canada, University of Guelph, 20 October 2011.

“How I Began: L.M. Montgomery’s Essays, Interviews, and Literary Reputation, 1911–1925.” Lucy Maud Montgomery at Home in Leaskdale: A Centennial Celebration, Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario (Leaskdale, ON), 14 October 2011.

“Our Home on Native Land: Adapting and Readapting Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie.” Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts Academic Seminar series, University of Worcester (UK), 25 November 2009.

“Looking Away: The Traumatized Child in Canadian Fiction.” Institute of Education Research Seminar series, University of Worcester (UK), 18 November 2009.

“Looking Back: The Retrospective Child in Canadian Fiction in English.” American and Canadian Research Seminar series, University of Birmingham (UK), 28 September 2009.

“In Maud and Ewan’s Room: Bedroom Politics in The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery.” The Montgomery Theatre (Cavendish, PE), 24 July 2009.

“Divided City, Divided Self: Reading Montreal in MacLennan and Roy.” Unreal Cities: Reading the Metropolis (graduate course, Irene Gammel), Department of English, Ryerson University, 30 March 2009.

The Blythes Are Quoted in the Centenary Year: A Look Back.” Lucy Maud Montgomery Christmas (Norval, ON), 29 November 2008.

“‘Pruned Down and Branched Out’? Anne of Green Gables and Its Afterlives.” Field of Children’s Literature (undergraduate course, Catherine Tosenberger), Department of English, University of Winnipeg, 25 September 2008.

“‘Life Has Beaten Me’: Marriage as Surrender and Nightmare in Mistress Pat (1935).” L.M. Montgomery’s Fiction and Journals (graduate course, Kate Lawson), Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo, 24 March 2006.

“Viewing and Reviewing The Simpsons: Satire, Socialization, and the Question of the Resisting Viewer.” Vox Populi graduate student discussion series, Department of English, McMaster University, 15 November 2002.