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John Brewer, an internationally recognized history and literature scholar and the Eli and Edye Broad Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, will deliver the David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture on January 31, 2008 at 6:30pm in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. 

Professor Brewer will speak on "Taste and Modernity: sentiment, spectacle and the sublime in Georgian England."

picture of Anthony Arthur

 

The Cambridge educated historian has spent much of his professional life in the United States, holding appointments at Yale, Harvard, UCLA, the University of Chicago, and currently at Caltech. He also served as director of the William Andrews Clark Library at UCLA, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Professor Brewer has published several dozen articles on topics ranging from Eighteenth century British political figures and politics to the relationship between art, publishing, and consumer culture. He has also written and edited many books on Eighteenth century British culture. The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century, his study of the emergence of high culture in the age of consumerism, was awarded the Wolfson Prize in History and was a National Book Critics Nominee in Criticism. His most recent book, A Sentimental Murder: Love and Madness in the Eighteenth Century, uses a sensational 1779 murder to "explore the relations between history and fiction, story telling and fact, past and present." 

For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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