February/March 1997 News

New Publications

  • Alain J.-J. Cohen, “Blade Runner: Aesthetics of Agonistics and the Law of Response,” il cannocchiale. rivista di studi filosofici “Sulla Responsabilità, 3 (1996): 43-59.
  • Page duBois, paperback edition of her most recent book, Sappho is Burning (University of Chicago Press, 1995) to appear in March 1997.
  • Donald Wesling, The Scissors of Meter: Grammetrics and Reading. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996.
  • Lisa Yoneyama, “Kioku no benshôhô - Hiroshima” (The Dialectics of Memory - Hiroshima), Shisô, 866 (August 1996): 5-29.

Congratulations

  • To Page duBois who has been invited to spend 1998 as one of twelve scholars in residence at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities. The theme for 1998 is “Representing the Passions.”

  • To Lisa Lowe who has been elected by the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association to a three-year term on the Board of Editors of American Literature.

  • To Liza Nelligan who successfully completed the Ph.D. qualifying examination during Fall Quarter 1996. Her name was inadvertently omitted from the last Newsletter.

  • To Stephen Potts who received an instructional improvement grant in response to his proposal, “Tuning In: Electronic Culture in the 60's.” The award is to support experimental teaching efforts in his Winter Quarter course, LTGN 174--The Culture of the Sixties.


Lectures/Events

  • Chizuko Ueno, Professor of Sociology, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo, will speak on “The Nation-State and Gender: Feminist Participation in Japan’s Ultra-Nationalism,” on Wednesday, March 5, 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Her talk is sponsored by the Program in Japanese Studies, the Cross-Cultural Center, the Dialogic Analysis Project, the Department of Literature, the Project in Culture and Society, the Department of Sociology, and the Women’s Studies Program.

  • Juan Gelman, Argentina’s leading poet, will read from his latest book on Wednesday, March 12, 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. A reception will follow in the Faculty/Staff Commons, Room 3138. The themes of Juan Gelman’s poetry--family, exile, Argentina, his Jewish heritage, the tango--celebrate life while confronting the heartache and loss he suffered at the hands of the Argentine military.

  • Manuel Vazquez Montalban, poet, journalist and perhaps Spain’s most celebrated contemporary novelist, will be visiting the Department of Literature as a Regents Lecturer from April 14 through April 25. As a journalist, Vazquez Montalban is well known for his socio-political analysis of the late years of the Franco dictatorship and as a cultural critic of the post-Franco era. He has also produced a steady stream of fiction since the 1960s, which ranges from a highly popular detective series to experimental fiction. He will present a public lecture, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. A panel discussion will be scheduled during the second week of his visit. More details will follow in the next Newsletter.

  • Fredric R. Jameson, Professor, The Literature Program, Duke University; and Visiting Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD, will present his annual public lecture, tentatively titled “Culture and Finance Capital,” on Monday, April 28, 4:00 p.m. at CRCA (408 University Center).


Research Funds/Fellowships/Competitions

  • Intercampus Exchange Opportunity Fund Grants. Airfare is provided to Academic Senate members and registered graduate students for travel to other UC campuses and/or facilities for study and research, and to faculty invited to UCSD from other UC campuses for the purpose of research consultations which will benefit UCSD faculty. See Linda Lewis for an application. (Graduate students who wish to participate in the Intercampus Exchange Program for the purpose of taking courses at another UC campus, should see Quinny. The program described above is for travel grants only.)

  • Modern Language Association Book Prizes:

    • 1996 MLA Prize for a First Book--for an outstanding literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an important work, or a critical biography (must be published in 1996). Open to MLA members only. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1996 MLA Prize for Independent Scholars--for a distinguished scholarly book (published in 1996) in the field of English or another modern language or literature. The author must not have been enrolled in a degree program nor have held a tenured or tenure-track position at the time of publication. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1996-97 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work--for an outstanding translation into English of a book-length literary work (must be published during the two preceding years). Awarded each even-numbered year. Deadline: April 1, 1998.

    • 1995-96 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature--for a translation of a book-length work of literary history, literary criticism, philology or literary theory (must be published during the two preceding years). Awarded each odd-numbered year. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1996 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies--for an outstanding scholarly work (published in 1996) in comparative literary studies involving at least two literatures. Open to MLA members only. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1996 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies--for an outstanding scholarly work (published in 1996) in French or francophone linguistic or literary studies. Open to MLA members only. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1996-97 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures--for an outstanding scholarly work (published in 1996 or 1997) on the linguistics or literatures of the Germanic languages (Danish, Dutch, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Yiddish). Open to MLA Members only. Awarded each even-numbered year. Deadline: May 1, 1998.

    • 1996 Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize--for an outstanding book published (in 1996) in English in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1995-96 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures--for an outstanding scholarly work (published in 1995 or 1996) on the linguistics or literatures of Slavic languages. Awarded each odd-numbered year. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1995-96 Morton N. Cohen Award--for a distinguished edition of letters, of which at least one volume was published in 1995 or 1996. Awarded each odd-numbered year. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1995-96 MLA Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition--for a distinguished scholarly edition of a text, of which at least one volume must be published in 1995 or 1996. Awarded each odd-numbered year. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1996-97 Howard R. Marraro Prize and 1996-97 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Literary Studies--for an outstanding scholarly study of book or essay length (published in 1996 or 1997) on any phase of Italian literature or comparative literature involving Italian; eligible books compete simultaneously for both prizes. Open to MLA members only. Awarded each even-numbered year. Deadline: May 1, 1998.

    • 1996 Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize--for a research publication (book or article, published in 1996) in the field of teaching foreign languages and literatures. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

    • 1996 Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize--for a research publication (book or article, published in 1996) in the field of teaching English language, literature, rhetoric, and composition. Deadline: May 1, 1997.

      For detailed information about specific prizes, including application procedures, write, call, or e-mail the Office of Special Projects, MLA, 10 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003-6981; (212) 614-6406; awards@mla.org.


Graduate Program Announcements

Fredric R. Jameson--Spring Quarter 1997 Mini-Seminar: Professor Jameson's two-unit mini-seminar (LTTH 297) will take place in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building, on the following dates: Friday, April 25, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional copies of the reading list (already distributed) are available in the Graduate Office.