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 Note to Editors: V. A. Kolve is available by appointment for interviews. To schedule an interview, call the CSULA Public Affairs office at (323) 343-3050.

‘Christ as Gardener’ tracks scripture through visual art

Kubal lecture by Chaucer scholar at Cal State L.A. Jan. 22

Los Angeles, CA – Internationally renowned Chaucer scholar V. A. Kolve will present Christ as Gardener in Medieval Art and Drama at the 2009 David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., in Cal State L.A.’s Golden Eagle Ballroom.

Kolve, a distinguished professor emeritus of English at UCLA, will discuss the common depiction of Jesus as a gardener in medieval art work and theatrical literature.

Kolve taught at Stanford University and the University of Virginia before becoming the first holder of the UCLA Foundation Chair in English in 1986. He is an eminent scholar and teacher of medieval English literature and medieval art history.

Kolve’s books include The Play Called Corpus Christi (Stanford University Press), and Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative (Stanford University Press). He is the longtime editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The Canterbury Tales. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous honors, including UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He also served as president of the Medieval Academy for 1993-1994, and president of the International New Chaucer Society for 1994-1996.

For details about the David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture Series at Cal State L.A., go to /academic/english/dkubal.php

What & Who:

The 27th Annual David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture Series will present “Christ as Gardener in Medieval Art and Drama” by internationally renowned Chaucer scholar V. A. Kolve.


Thursday, January 22, 2009, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

(A reception will follow immediately after the lecture.)


Golden Eagle Ballroom, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of 10 and 710 Freeways. Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lots 2 and 7 or upper level Parking Structure C.


Free to the public. For details, call the CSULA English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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