CSULA Department of English | Events

Dr. Douglas Mao of Johns
Hopkins University will deliver the David
L. Kubal Memorial Lecture
on Thursday, May 17, 2012
at 6:15pm in the Los Angeles Room, located on the
third floor of the University-Student Union. (Click
here for a map to this event
.) Refreshments will be

Professor Mao's talk, "The Vortex of
Celebrity," will begin with Wyndham Lewis' transformation
from literary celebrity to soldier in the Great War. It
will then explore relationships between the scene of war
and fantasies of celebrity life in multiple nineteenth-
and twentieth-century contexts. 

image of Douglas Mao

About the Speaker 

(from Johns Hopkins University website)

Douglas Mao received his Ph.D. from Yale University in
1993 and taught in the English departments at Princeton,
Harvard, and Cornell before coming to Johns Hopkins in 2007.

A specialist in modernist fiction and poetry of Britain,
Ireland, and the United States, he is the author of Solid
Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production

(Princeton, 1998) and Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic
Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature 1860-1960

(Princeton, 2008). He is also the co-editor, with Rebecca
Walkowitz, of Bad Modernisms (Duke, 2006) and the
editor of the Longman Cultural Edition of E. M. Forster's Howards

He has been president of the Modernist Studies
Association and held a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; he
currently serves on the editorial boards of Textual
and Modernism/modernity. His courses
have treated a wide range of topics in late nineteenth- and
early twentieth-century literature, from gender in modern
writing to the aftermath of literary naturalism, from
narratives of utopia to social organization in poetic texts.


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

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