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Susan Green, editor of the Huntington library Press and the Huntington
Library Quarterly
, will deliver the David L. Kubal
Memorial Lecture
on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 6:30pm in the
Golden Eagle Ballroom #1, located on the third floor of the Golden
Eagle. (Click here for a map to this event.) Refreshments will be

The title of Ms. Green's talk is "A Publisher's Quandary: Literary
Study in the Age of Information." She offers the following as prelude:

Many of those writing about literary subjects have recently felt
that they have lost their audience. Publishers have no doubt
contributed to this predicament by greatly reducing their offerings
in literary studies. 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. Both the
articles and books that cross my desk are increasingly engaged by aspects
of what used to be called "reception history"—study of the circumstances
surrounding the original publication of literary works. 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?

About the Speaker

Susan Green grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended college
at 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, and since 1993 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 California
and western American history, as well as exhibit catalogues
on subjects ranging from the gold rush to ancient Chinese art.

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

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