My research primarily focuses on the intersections of science, technology, and global modernism. My dissertation, “The Science of Sound: The Impact of Sound Recording on Vanguard Narrative Form,” is a comparative study of Irish and Latin American modernisms and the literary responses to the advent of recorded sound. I focus on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman, Leopoldo Lugones’s short stories “La fuerza omega” and “Yzur,” and Jaime Torres Bodet’s novel Proserpina rescatada. I examine each author’s grapplings with the dislocation of the human voice from the body, made possible through new recording technology. This selection of texts displays a range of engagements with this technology, from a critique of rising positivism and machines in the early twentieth century, to experiments with aural metaphors in the wake of sounded film, and finally to the 1930s, when sound recording becomes an arm of government surveillance against its citizens. In each instance, the circulation of sound technology causes a shift in modes of representation that require new definitions of what it means to be human in an increasingly mechanized world.
“Translation and Transnational Agents in Little Magazines,” Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference, 2016, Bucknell University.
“Digital Humanities and its Publics,” Plenary Address, NFAIS Digital Humanities Roundtable, 2016, Emory University.
“Literature and Media Change: Historical Perspectives from Europe and the Americas,” Roundtable, Modern Language Association 2016.
“Sound and Body in Jaime Torres Bodet’s Proserpina rescatada.” – Modernist Studies Association Conference, Nov. 2015.
“Models of Student Engagement in DH” – Bucknell Digital Initiatives Conference, Nov. 2015.
“Doing Digital Humanities as a CLIR Fellow,” HASTAC 2015
“Satirizing the Security State: Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman and the Politics of Listening,” Modernist Studies Association Conference 2014
“Networks of Modernism” Panel Chair. Modernist Studies Association. Oct. 2014
“Sounds Like Modernism: Confluence and Division in the Field of Modernist Sound Studies” Seminar participant. Modernist Studies Association. Oct. 2014
“Scholarly Editing and the Publication of Handcrafted Editions in the Age of Mass Digitization.” Round Table. Text Encoding Initiative Conference 2014
“Narrating Sound and Body in Jaime Torres Bodet’s ‘Parálisis’” – Listen Up! Conference 2013
“Reading Phonocentrism in the Education of Deaf Children” – MLA 2009