Publications and Presentations

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Book Projects

Creating the Fictional Female Detective:The Sleuth Heroines of British Women Writers 1890-1940. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006.

Editor. Vampires: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil. At the Interface. Vol. 6. Oxford: The Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2004.

Articles and Book Chapters

“My Monster ABCs: What Can A-- to Zombies Teach Our Kids?” in Monstrous Messengers: Supernatural Figures Children’s Picture Books. Ed. Leslie Ormandy. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017.

“Domestic Fracturing in Ruth Rendell’s Early Stand-Alone Novels.” Special Issue: Ruth Rendell. Contemporary Women’s Writing (2017) 11 (1): 48-65. (

“Blogging Bleak House.” Digital Humanities and the Novel. Studies in the Novel. July 2015. Web. 2015."'Long Live Stardoe!' Can a Female Starbuck Survive?" from Cylons in America (2007)

"Dorothy L. Sayers and Professional Authority." 20th Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 237. Gale Group, 2011. (reprinted from Creating the Fictional Female Detective)

"Shippensburg University's Technical/Professional Communications Minor: A Multidisciplinary Approach." from Composing and Revising the Professional-Technical Writing Program. Eds. David Franke and Alex Reid. Michael Palmquist Publishers, 2010.

"'The secret of my mother's madness'": Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Gothic Instability." from Demons of the Body and Mind: Essays on Disability in Gothic Literature. Ed. Ruth Anolik. McFarland, 2010."Diana Holman-Hunt." Twentieth Century British Humorists. Ed. Paul Matthew St. Pierre. Bruccoli Clark Layman/Gale Research Group, 2010."Buffy at the Fin de Siecle"(2004), from Vampires: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil.

"Family, Slivovitz, and the Burden of Narrative." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. (Fall 2003): 29-33

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Conference Presentations

“’Why Could I not Cough Myself Out of This World?”: Love and Death in Rhoda Broughten’s Cometh Up Like A Flower. Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), Kansas City, November 2018.

“How to Direct a Minor? Being Creative in Times of Crisis.” Conference of the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU), Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. October 2018.

“Reassessing the Necessary in Detective Fiction: J.D. Robb and the Genre Mashup.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Baltimore. March 2017.

 “Dorothy L. Sayers and Children's Literature: Questions of Style and Voice.” Minor Voices? When Major Literary Authors Write for Children, Bordeaux, France. March 2016

 “Why Can’t Technical Writing Be Creative?” EAPSU, California University of Pennsylvania. October 2014.

“Computers in the Victorian Literature Classroom.” Roundtable presentation. NeMLA, Harrisburg, PA. April 2014.

“J.S. LeFanu and the Motherless Girl in Gothic Fiction.” NeMLA, Harrisburg, PA. April 2014.

“Incorporating the Writing Fellow Model into Basic Writing Classes.” Workshop for Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association, California University of Pennsylvania. April, 2013. Co-presenter with Dr. Karen Johnson and Dr. Laurie Cella.

"Anti-Catholicism and Metaphor in Charlotte Bronte's Villette." EAPSU, Shippensburg University. October 2009.

"Of Death Note and Dying." The John Taylor Douglas Conference 2008: The Iconography of Death. McMasters University, Hamilton, Ontario. October 2008.

"Working Workshops." Poster presentation. Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators Conference. Hershey, PA. April 2007.

"Women Police and the Female Detective: Tracing the Relationship after World War I." Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), Cleveland, OH. November 2007.

“Female Detectives of the Early 1900s”. Reading from Creating the Fictional Female Detective.  English Department Professional Development Committee Reading. Shippensburg University. September 2006.

"Of Madness and Epilepsy: Gendering of Illness in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret and Thou Art the Man." NeMLA, Philadelphia, PA. March 2006.

"Writing as Struggle in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Thou Art the Man." EAPSU, Erie, PA. October 2005.

"Female Detectives: At Home, In the World." NeMLA, Boston, MA. April 2005.

"Narrative Irrelevancy: Power and Orality in Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White." English Department Professional Development Committee Reading. Shippensburg University. March 2004.

"Fears and Femininity at the Fin de Siecle: Of Vampires and Vampire Slayers." The First Global Conference of Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil, Budapest, Hungary. May 2003.

"Community Across Disciplines: The Technical/Professional Communications Minor at Shippensburg University." EAPSU, West Chester University. October 2003.

"Discovering the Outside World--One Technical Writing Assignment." EAPSU, Kutztown University. October 2001.

"'I Want to Know if What I Saw in One Newspaper Is True:' Women Writers, Female Detectives, and Print Culture in Early Women's Detective Fiction." North American British Studies Conference, Toronto, Ontario. November 2001.

"Women's Literary Authority and the 1890s Female Detective: The Case of Elizabeth York Miller's 'Valeska." Virginia Humanities Conference: "Anticipating the End: Experiencing the Nineties." Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA. March 1999.

"Teaching Women's Detective Fiction." Canonizing Crime Conference, University of Reading, England. July 1998.
"Feminism and the ESL Class: How Do We Teach It?" NeMLA, Philadelphia, PA. April 1997.

"Effective Writing: Expectations, Standards, and Strategies." Panel moderator. Educational Support Services of CWRU, Annual Conference of Teaching and Learning, Cleveland, OH. January 1994.


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