Recent Lectures
(for lectures post-2008 I refer you to my VBN activities page)

Road Signs: Route 66 & Cadillacs as Global Cultural Texts
ISSEI 11, Helsinki, July 27 - August 2, 2008

Little Magazines before and after the Web: Evergreen Review & The Case of Robert Gibbons
ESSE-9, Aarhus, August 22-26, 2008

Post 9-11 Fiction as Trauma Narrative: Safran Foer
ICLP 25, Lisbon, July 2-7, 2008

Icons of Transgression: Patty Hearst and Charles Manson
EAAS, Oslo, May 9-12, 2008

The Cadillac as Cultural Text
12th Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference, Renvall Institute, Helsinki, May 5-7, 2008

The Cultural Kernel and the Transnational Subject: Meena Alexander
The Cultural Kernel, Reims, March 15, 2008

Difference and Otherness in Nella Larsen's Life and Work
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, December 3, 2007

Ekphrasis in Reverse: The Use and Abuse of Poetry in Popular Films
High Culture, Low Culture: Reprises, Recycling, Recuperations, Strasbourg, France, November 23-25, 2007

Beat Dreams? Jack Kerouac’s Book of Dreams
24. International Literature & Psychology Conference, Belgrade, July 4-9, 2007

Fallen Astronaut – Violence, Bodies, and Moon Art
NAAS 2007, Tampere, Finland, May 24-26, 2007

The Beats as Cultural Others / Exotics in Recent Memoirs by Exile Poets
BAAS 2007, Leicester, April 19-22, 2007

Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell’s Post-AIDS Lyrics: Canadi­an Cultural Critiques?
Poetry and Politics, Stirling, July 16, 2006

The Ambiguous Valorization of Madness in Beat Literature
23. International Literature & Psychology Conference, Helsinki, July 1, 2006

Representations of Big Sur in Late Modernist and Early Postmodern­ist American Writing
Space, Haunting, Discourse, Karlstad, June 16, 2006

Countercultural Icon-work: Adversarial and Collaborative Uses of “Uncle Sam”
Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference, Helsinki, May 17, 2006

Portraits of Blacks: Nella Larsen and Early 20th C. Danish Paintings
Black Atlantic, KU, May 5, 2006

The Spools and Loops of Jack Kerouac and A.R. Ammons: Towards a Poetics of Non-Conformism
EAAS, Cyprus, April 8, 2006

Constructing and Deconstructing Racism in Conrad
The Plurality of Interpretation, Reims, March 11, 2006

The Beats as Cultural Others/Exotics in Recent Memoirs by Exile Poets
20th Century Literature, Louisville, February 24, 2006

Narratives of Disorder - Disorders of Narrative
IPSA, University of Florida, Gainesville, February 21, 2006

Tourette as Reconstructions of Joy and Pain in Fiction: Lethem, Lefcourt, Hecht, Rubio, Byalick
HASE 6, The National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, October 23, 2005

Beat Dreams? The Books of Dreams of Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs
Dream Writing, University of Kent, Canterbury, October 15, 2005

The Spools, Loops and Patches of Jack Kerouac and A.R. Ammons
AAU Lecture, September 5, 2005

Tourette in Fiction: Lethem, Lefcourt, Hecht, Rubio, Byalick
22. International Literature & Psychology Conference, Cordoba, Spain, July 3, 2005

Poetics and Materiality: The Spools, Loops and Patches of A.R. Ammons and Jack Kerouac
NAAS 2005, Växjö, Sweden, May 26, 2005

Sacred and profane icon-work: Jane Fonda and Elvis Presley
Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland, April 22, 2005

“Let us Space”: The Horror of the Iconic Page: Prose Icons, Chaos and Order in M. Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves
Iconicity in Language and Literature 5, Krakow, Poland, March 19, 2005

“Let us Space”: Chaos and Order in M. Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves
L'ordre et le chaos / Chaos and Order, Reims, March 12, 2005

Tales, Titles, Tails: Negotiations of Genre in the Short Fiction of Alasdair Gray
AAU Lecture, February 7, 2005

Negotiations of Genre in the Short Fiction of Alasdair Gray
Alcalá de Henares, October 31, 2004

Forgiving Derrida for Dying
AAU Lecture, October 18, 2004

Better Than Text?
AAU Lecture, September 20, 2004

Disorders of the Mind in Literature and Film
ESSE-7, Zaragoza, September 11, 2004

Bret Easton Ellis’s The Informers as Postmodern Gothic and Juvenalian/Menippean Satire
ESSE-7, Zaragoza, September 11, 2004

Physicists in the Field of Fiction
Invention, BCLA Conference, Leeds, July 13, 2004

Better Than Text? - Textuality as Sexuality in Postmodern North American Prose Poems
Poetry & Sexuality Conference, Stirling, July 4, 2004

Future and Past Memory in Raymond Federman’s The Two-fold Vibration
Memory, Haunting, Discourse - Karlstad, June 19, 2004

Jewishness and Identity in Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn
NAES, Aarhus, May 27, 2004

Some remarks on lexical fragments and Romanian echoes in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land
14th Conference for British and American Studies, Timisoara, May 14, 2004

The Celtic Ray: Representations of Diaspora Identities in Van Morrison Lyrics
10th Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference: The Celtic Connection, Helsinki, May 7, 2004

Images of Europe in Generational Novels: From Bohemia to Eurotrash
BAAS Conference, Manchester, April 16, 2004

Katabasis in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian
EAAS  Conference, Prague, April 3, 2004

Theorizing Belonging: The Short Story Sequences of Salinger, Updike and Coupland
Short Fiction Conference, Salamanca , March 26, 2004

Negotiating Differences: Personal Identity and Othering in Nella Larsen
ACT 11, Lisbon - Invited Plenary Lecture, March 16, 2004

Icon-work: Elvis, Jesus, Barbarella, and Little Girl Jane
AAU Open House Lecture, March 3, 2004

The Tic’ing Detective
Louisville 20th Century Lit. Conference, February 28, 2004

Cultural and Individual Memory in Raymond Federman's The Two-fold Vibration
Cultures of Memory, Cyprus Conference, February 21, 2004

An On & Off Again Beat
AAU Lecture, February 16, 2004

Sacred and profane icon-work: Jane Fonda and Elvis Presley
AAU Lecture, February 2, 2004