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David Lee Rubin, Principal

David Lee Rubin edited his first scholarly text in 1963, when — as a Fulbright Fellow in Paris — he guided a friend’s successful revision of a twice-rejected master’s thesis.

After receiving a Ph.D. in French literature (Illinois, 1967; Woodrow Wilson Fellow), Rubin co-edited La Cohérence intérieure (1977) then organized and directed a collaborative anthology, La Poésie française du premier 17e siècle (1986).

In 1987 Rubin founded and, until 1993, edited a themed, refereed annual, Continuum: Problems in French Literature from the Early Renaissance to the Late Enlightenment. He also organized a volume of Folger Library conference proceedings, Sun King (1991) in addition to co-editing Convergences (1989), The Ladder of High Designs (1991), and The Fulbright Difference (1993).

At Rookwood Press, which he launched in 1992, Rubin published and edited or co-edited the first eight volumes of EMF: Studies in Early Modern France (short-listed in 1995, 1996, and 1997 for the Best New Journal Award of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals). He simultaneously initiated a book series, EMF Critiques, working with a team of colleagues to acquire, edit, and publish more than two dozen monographs, works of synthesis, and collective volumes.

During the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, he served on the editorial board of American, British, French, and German journals as well as Purdue University Studies in Romance Literatures. He also acted as an adviser to Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press, and Yale University Press, among others.

Rubin has written three volumes of criticism: Higher, Hidden Order (1972), The Knot of Artifice (1981), and (as a Guggenheim Fellow), A Pact with Silence (1991). His articles have appeared in such publications as Yale French Studies and Comparative Literature; and he has contributed to two revisions of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. In addition to the Folger Institute, where he was a seminar director in 1989, Rubin has lectured on his research at many institutions, including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London, Chicago and California (Berkeley and Los Angeles).

Since retirement from the University of Virginia, Rubin has taught basic and critical argumentation in first-year seminars and the academic writing program.

His current pro bono project, The Themis Argumentation Forum, sponsored by UVa’s pre-law association, is designed to enhance participants’ readiness for the LSAT.

For his work as a teacher, scholar, and editor he received an homage volume, The Shape of Change… Studies in Honor of David Lee Rubin (2002).