David L. Kubal (1936-1982) was raised in Chicago, attended Marmion Military Academy, and received his B.A. in English from the University of Notre
Northwestern University and returned to his
Politics. He then devoted himself to our graduate program in English, and from his efforts to strengthen and formalize the postgraduate teaching of literature he was inspired to read and think with increasing depth and breadth in the entire Western literary tradition. This resulted in his teaching a series of seminars on the nineteenth-century novel and Victorian culture, and in his publishing articles in journals such as
The Yale Review and The Kenyon Review. The thought and writing of these years culminated in
The Consoling Intelligence: Responses to Literary Modernism, a collection of essays published posthumously in 1982.
mater for a Ph.D. After teaching at Michigan State University, he
came to Cal State L.A. in 1968, where he taught until his untimely
death in January 1982.
In 1972, Prof. Kubal published Outside the Whale: George Orwell's Art and
In his teaching, in his scholarship, in his friendships with students and colleagues, in the daily responsibilities of his professional life, David L. Kubal embodied the highest academic ideas. In January of 1983, Dr. Peter Brier established the annual lecture series as a memorial tribute to his exemplary colleague.
As part of the Kubal Lecture, every year CSULA students are invited to submit essays on a literary or cultural
topic. The author of the best essay is awarded the department's David L. Kubal Memorial Essay Prize.
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the Kubal Essay contest.
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List of Speakers
José E. Muñoz, New York University
Douglas Mao, Johns Hopkins University
Alan Liu, UC Santa Barbara
Green, The Huntington Library, "A Publisher's Quandary: Literary
Study in the Age of Information"
A. Kolve, UCLA
Brewer, Caltech, "Taste
and Modernity: sentiment, spectacle and the sublime in
N. Watson, UCLA, "Humanities, Ecology, and 17th-Century Art."
Arthur F. Kinney, University of Massachusetts,
||Estela Alicia Lopez Lomas, author,
and Dr. Moira Fradinger, Yale University, translator,
Reading and Translation of The
Blaze Behind the Mirror (El
fuego tras el espejo, 2002)
||X. J. Kennedy,
"Catastrophe in Daily Life"
||Peter Brier, California State University,
"Walter Benjamin: Critic or Theorist?"
|| Gregory Maertz, St. Johns
University, "Nazi Art: The Secret Postwar
||Dick Davis, Ohio State University, "'All
my Soul is There': Translation and
the Rhetoric of English Poetry"
||Maria Herrera-Sobek, University of California, Santa Barbara,
Matters: Ecological Feminist Theory and Chicana
Literary and Artistic Expressions"
||James Engell, Harvard University,
"Coleridge Against Slavery: The Anachronism of
'Liberal' and 'Conservative'"
||Emory Elliott, University of California, Riverside,
"Aesthetics and Cultural Difference: Our New
||Adolf Wood, Times Literary Supplement,
"A Mirror of the Times: The Times Literary
Supplement in the 20th Century"
||Helen Vendler, Harvard University,
"Shakespeare's Sonnets: Ideas into Forms"
||Sacvan Bercovitch, Harvard University,
"A Literary Approach to Cultural Studies"
||Frederick Crews, University of California, Berkeley,
"The End of the Poststructuralist Era"|
||Mark Turner, University of Maryland,
"The Literary Mind"
||Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University,
"How it Means: Making Poetic Sense in a Media
||Don E. Wayne, University of California, San Diego,
"English, Ethnicity and Cultural Exchange"
||Geoffrey Hartman, Yale University,
"Culture Wars Between the Wars—With an Excursus
to the Present"
||J. Hillis Miller, University of California, Irvine,
"Ideology and Criticism"
||Harry Stone, California State University, Northridge,
"Dickens and the Supernatural"
||Paul M. Zall, California State University, Los Angeles
||Ruth Roberts, University of California, Riverside,
"Victorians and Moderns: A Unified Field"
||Judson Rosengrant, University of Southern California,
"The Cultural Dimensions of Translation"
||Peter Stansky, Stanford University,
"George Orwell: The Man and his Novel"
||Norman Fruman, University of Minnesota