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 served.
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.