“Pierce, Bout, and Tie: Music, Choice, and Reason in ‘L’Allegro’ and ‘Il Penseroso,’” The Eleventh International Milton Symposium, Exeter, UK, July 2015.
“Sealed with Blood: Some Questions Concerning a Female Faustus,” Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, January 2013. Roundtable session sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Revised version also delivered at The Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, New Orleans, October 2014.
Looking Back: Lyric Repetition and Relation in “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso.” The Conference on John Milton, Murfreesboro, TN, October 200
“Too Much Conceiving:” On the Reproductive Imagery of Milton’s “On Shakespeare.” The Conference on John Milton, Murfreesboro, TN, October 2005.
Lycidas’ Tears: Milton and Inconsolation. Eighth International Milton Symposium, Grenoble, France, June 7-12, 2005.
“Hutching the Ore:” The Hidden Logic of the Reproductive Imagery in the Ludlow Masque. Seventh International Milton Symposium, Beaufort S.C., June 4-8, 2002.
“What was that Gorgon Shield?:” Obstetric Anxiety and Sexual Coercion in Milton’s Ludlow Masque. Renaissance Society of America, Tempe Arizona, May 2002.
“Literary Connections.” Host of session, Virginia Humanities Conference, March 2001.
The “Womb of waters” and the “Firm Opacous Globe:” Some Speculations on the Function of Reproductive Imagery in Milton’s Descriptions of the Outer Spheres of the Created Universe. The Conference on John Milton. Murfreesboro, Tennessee, October, 1999.
“Abortive Gulf:” Speculations on the Relationship Between Obstetric Anxiety and the Representation of Chaos in Paradise Lost. Sixth International Milton Symposium, University of York, England, 19-23 July 1999.
“Scarce-well-lighted Flame”: Milton’s “Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester” and the Representation of Maternal Mortality in the Seventeenth-Century Epitaph. The Conference on John Milton. Murfreesboro, Tennessee, October 27-9, 1995
“Abortive Gulf”: Pregnancy, Will, and The Ontology of Allegory in Paradise Lost. Patristic Medieval and Renaissance Conference. Villanova University, October 7-9, 1994.
“Conscious Terrors”: Seventeenth-Century Obstetrics and the Allegory of Sin and Death in Paradise Lost. Second Southeastern Conference on John Milton. Murfreesboro, Tennessee, October 21-3, 1993.
“She Whom I Loved”: Childbed Death and Masculine Guilt in Donne’s and Milton’s Elegaic Sonnets. Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Norman, Oklahoma, October 8-10, 1993. With Elizabeth Hodgson, Furman University.
“A Growing Burden”: Childbirth and the Ontology of Allegory in Paradise Lost. Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, October 22-24, 1992. Chair and Organizer of Session: “The Discourse of Childbirth in Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century Poetry.”
“Spot of child-bed taint”: Seventeenth-Century Obstetrics in Milton’s Sonnet XXIII and Paradise Lost VIII:462-78. Central Renaissance Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska, April 23-5, 1992.
“Lycidas’ Tears.” Paper delivered as part of the Conference Plenary Panel Session on Stanley Fish’s How Milton Works at the Conference on John Milton, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, October 2003. Stephen Dobranski (Georgia State), moderator. Also on the panel: Laura L. Knoppers (Pennsylvania State) and Joseph Wittreich (CUNY). Stanley Fish, respondent.
An Introduction to Milton Criticism: Sonnet 23. A Lecture to English Honors Students at St Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA. Yearly, 2003-2010.
Literature and Critical Thinking: What English Professors Wish Their Freshmen Didn’t Know. Virginia Catholic Education Association Conference, Richmond, Virginia, March 22nd, 1991. With Terryl Givens.
Wyatt, Shakespeare, Milton and Proto-Romantic Subjectivity. State University of New York at Albany, Spring 1988.