News Release| Kubal Lecture; Cal State L.A.


An editor’s insight into literary study
in the 21st century

2010 Kubal Lecture at Cal State L.A. Thursday. Jan. 28

Los Angeles, CA – Has the study of literary art evolved along with the latest developments in information and communication technology? On Thursday, Jan. 28, distinguished editor Susan Green will present A Publisher’s Quandary: Literary Study in the Age of Information.

Green, director of the Huntington Library Press and editor of the Huntington Library Quarterly, will present this year’s David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture at Cal State L.A. The lecture, to begin 6:30 p.m. in Cal State L.A.’s Golden Eagle Ballroom, is free to the public.

According to Green, “Many of those writing about literary subjects have recently felt that they have lost their audience… Literary scholarship, meanwhile, has often reacted in a way that seeks to bring the security of fact and information to a discipline that can seem all too preoccupied with interpretation, defenseless in institutional and pedagogical environments that require documentable benefits. …Printing history is a burgeoning field, and literary scholars have embraced historical investigations of many varieties. How have these pursuits shaped the questions we ask in the study of literary art?”

Green grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended UCLA and UC Santa Cruz. She pursued graduate study in literature at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and at the University of Washington.

She began her editorial training at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library of UCLA. Since 1993, she has been editor of the Huntington Library Quarterly, an interdisciplinary journal of early modern studies, and of book projects derived from it, including John Dryden: A Tercentenary Miscellany (2002) and Studies in the Cultural History of Letter Writing (forthcoming).

Since 2007, she has also been director of the Huntington Library Press, which publishes books on Anglo-American literature, history and culture, including Western American History, as well as exhibit catalogues on subjects ranging from the Gold Rush to ancient Chinese art.

Honoring the late David L. Kubal, a member of the Cal State L.A. English Department faculty from 1968 to 1981, the lecture series brings distinguished writers, scholars and critics to the CSULA campus. Past lecturers included Renaissance scholar Arthur F. Kinney, cognitive scientist and linguist Mark Turner, literary theorist J. Hillis Miller, culture critic Geoffrey Hartman, and literary editor Adolf Wood. For more about the David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture Series at Cal State L.A., go to /academic/english/dkubal.php


What & Who:

The 28th Annual David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture Series at Cal State L.A. will present A Publisher’s Quandary: Literary Study in the Age of informationby Huntington Library Press Director Susan Green.


Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

(A reception will follow immediately after the lecture.)


Golden Eagle Ballroom, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of 10 and 710 Freeways. Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lot 7 or upper level Parking Structure C.


Free to the public. For more information, call the CSULA English Department at (323) 343-4140.




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