November 1996 News

New Publications

  • Alain J.-J. Cohen, "Freud's Paradox of Temporality: A Semiotic Perspective. (Zerlina's Desire, Freud's Nachträglichkeit, Lacan's Schema 'R')," Interdisciplinary Journal of Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis, 1.1 (1996): 21-40.

  • Ann duCille, Skin Trade. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.

  • Alicia Estrada, "Interview with Eduardo: One of the Voces from the Barrio," Fiction International, 29 (Fall 1996).

  • Mel Freilicher, was contributing editor of Fiction International, 29 (Fall 1996), an issue on the theme of pain, in which appears his article, "Media Matters: Endeavor: Live Voices from Death Row USA/POZ/Whorezine."

  • Marcel Hénaff was guest editor of SubStance 80: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, 25.2 (1996) Special Issue: "Politics on Stage," for which he wrote the Introduction and in which appears his article, "The Stage of Power," translated by Jean-Louis Morhange and Marie-Line Allen.

  • Melanie Jennings, "Husk Girl" (poem), The Mid-Valley Review (December 1996).

  • Lisa Lowe, Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics. Durham: Duke University Press, 1996.

  • Louis Montrose, "Shakespeare, the Stage, and the State," SubStance 80: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, 25.2 (1996).

  • Stephen Potts, "IBMortality: Putting the Ghost in the Machine," Immortal Engines: Life Extension and Immortality in Science Fiction, eds. George Slusser, Eric S. Rabkin, et al. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1996: 102-110.

  • Stephen Potts, "'We Keep Playing the Same Record': A Conversation with Octavia E. Butler," Science-Fiction Studies, 23.3 (November 1996): 331-338.

  • Oumelbanine Zhiri, Les sillages de Jean Léon l'Africain, du XVI e au XXe siècle. Casablanca: Wallada, 1996.


  • BOB PERELMAN, University of Pennsylvania, "Speech Effects: The Talk as a Genre"
    Friday, November 1, 3:00 p.m.
    deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

  • ROBERT CHANG, Associate Professor of Law, California Western School of Law, "Dreaming in Black and White: 'The Birth of A Nation,' 'The Cheat,' and 'Who Killed Vincent Chin?'"
    Thursday, November 7, 4:00 p.m.
    deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

    Friday, November 22, 1:00 p.m.
    Peterson Hall 110
    Learn more about the historic proposal to build a high school on the UCSD campus. Find out how students can participate and earn course credit by tutoring at the charter high school. A fifteen minute presentation followed by a public question and answer session.

  • FALL 1996 LITERATURE DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIUM. All sessions take place on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building.

    • November 12
      Archival Research II: “American” Studies
      The Pleasures and Dangers of Archival Research
      The discussion will focus on research locations and topics relevant to the West and Southwest. Participants Kate Burns, Beatrice Pita, Shelley Streeby, Rosaura Sánchez, and Nicole Tonkovich will consider how to identify archives that have promising material, how to approach great masses of material, theoretical approaches, newspaper archives, photographic archives, and the relevance of such research to contemporary issues in literary and cultural studies.

    • November 19
      Working with Oral Sources
      Bob Cancel, "Dynamics of Orality in Performance"
      Michael Davidson, "Surveillance Culture"

    • November 26
      Perspectives on the Canon
      Donald Wesling, "Everyone Does Everything"
      Ann duCille and Graduate Students

    • December 3
      Movement, Migration and Multiculturalism
      Rosemary George
      and Graduate Students from LTEN 256: Diaspora Culture

  • NEW WRITING SERIES, FALL QUARTER 1996. All readings take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space. The series is sponsored by University Events, the Literature Department, the Archive for New Poetry, and the Division of Arts and Humanities. For additional information, call Special Collections, 4-1276.

    • Friday, November 1
      Bob Perelman, author of ten books of poetry--most recently Virtual Reality, and two critical volumes--The Trouble with Genius and The Marginalization of Poetry.

    • Wednesday, November 6
      Will Alexander, a link to diverse movements (Surrealism, Negritude), whose writings include novels, poems, essays, tales, aphorisms, and indeterminate forms, mixed between essay and poem.

    • Wednesday, November 13
      Susan Howe, here to accept the Roy Harvey Pearce Prize for a distinguished poet/scholar, author of many books of poetry and the influential critical work, My Emily Dickinson.

    • Wednesday, November 20
      Myung Mi Kim, Korean American and Californian, whose third book of poetry, Dura, is forthcoming from Sun and Moon Press.

Conferences/Calls for Papers

  • Tina Modotti International Conference, November 7-9, 1996, and Exhibitions: Tina Modotti: Selected Photographs; and Dear Vocio...Photographs by Tina Modotti, November 8, 1996 - January 11, 1997. The University Art Gallery, the UCSD Center for the Humanities and the Department of Literature are sponsoring the three-day conference at UCSD featuring renowned scholars and critics in the fields of art history, history, cultural studies, literature, film, women's studies, political science, and journalism. Included will be lectures, panel discussions, and films, all pertaining to the life and art of Tina Modotti. The conference, convened by Pasquale Verdicchio, is the first international meeting on Tina Modotti to take place in North America. The opening of the exhibitions of Tina Modotti's photography will take place on Thursday, November 7, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the University Art Gallery, preceded by a slide and video lecture in Mandeville Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. For details, please contact the University Art Gallery, 4-0419.

  • Southern California Regional Conference: Connecting Histories, Forging Solidarities; UCSD; November 23, 1996. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Ethnic Studies Department, the conference begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Price Center Theatre. The schedule includes a keynote address by Gail Nomura, University of Michigan; sessions on immigrant communities, rethinking war narratives, histories of colonialism, multiracial identities, and cross-group labor organizing; a closing address by Michael Omi, UC Berkeley; and a reception in the Theatre Lobby. For more information, call 4-3276.

  • The 1996 Modern Language Association Convention, scheduled this year in Washington, D.C., will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 27, and end at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 30. The convention will take place at the Sheraton Washington (English Sessions, Exhibits), Washington Hilton (Foreign Language Sessions) and the Omni Shoreham (Job Information Center and Child Care). All MLA members and others involved in the study or teaching of language and literature must register in order to attend or participate in meetings, visit the exhibit hall, take part in the job service, or reserve hotel rooms at special MLA rates. Regular and nonmembers will receive a discount if they pay registration fees before December 6. For further information see Barbara Saxon or Quinny. Plane fares to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport are, at present, approximately half the cost of flying into the National or Dulles Airports. BWI is a 35-minute shuttle ride from downtown. Please see Linda Lewis for details.

  • Crítica: A Journal of Critical Essays, Call for Papers on Cultural Studies Issues. Suggested topics include Chicano, Latino and Latin American film, music, and graphic arts. The deadline for the next issue is December 15, 1996. Please submit essays to Crítica, c/o ETHNIC STUDIES DEPARTMENT, 0522; 4-3276;

  • Call for Papers, The Letter of the Law: Law, Literature and Culture; Annual Graduate Student Conference, Department of English, USC; February 28 - March 1, 1997. This conference will explore the intersection, contestation, contradictions, and collusions of letters and laws, and the ways these two fields inform one another. Graduate students, faculty and independent scholars are invited to apply. Abstracts of papers and proposals for panels, media presentations, etc. are due December 2, 1996. For additional information, contact VALERIE KARNO, DEPT OF ENGLISH, USC, LOS ANGELES CA 90089-03.

  • "Disciplining the Humanities: The Role of Humanities Studies in Society," Fourth Annual UCR Graduate Student Conference, UC Riverside, January 31-February 1, 1997. This conference, sponsored by the UCR English Graduate Student Association, will explore the interaction between scholarship and society. Abstracts are due November 29, 1996, to GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE 1997, ENGLISH DEPT, UC RIVERSIDE, RIVERSIDE CA 92515-0118.


Coolbrith/Poet Laureate Poetry Competitions. The Department of Literature is accepting submissions for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and the Poet Laureate Awards. The Coolbrith competition was established by friends of the late Ina Coolbrith, former Poet Laureate of California. $400 is available annually for prizes, to be apportioned by the judges. Awards are made for the best unpublished poem or group of poems by an undergraduate student at the UC campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, the University of Santa Clara, or St. Mary's College. The Poet Laureate competition was established by the Ina Coolbrith Circle. Four prizes ($100; $75; $50; $25) are awarded for the best poetry submissions from graduate or undergraduate students at any of the UC campuses. Manuscripts must be typewritten or clearly printed. A duplicate should be kept, as manuscripts cannot be returned. A 4x6 index card with the following information should be attached: name, local address, telephone number, permanent address, social security number, U.S. citizen (yes or no), major, student status (graduate or undergraduate), title of entry, and name of contest (Coolbrith or Poet Laureate). Students may enter both contests, but not with the same poems. A faculty judge from the Department of Literature will select three finalists for each contest from the UCSD submissions. These entries will be forwarded, via the Committee on Prizes at UC Berkeley, to a panel of judges who will select the winners. UCSD entries must be submitted to the Undergraduate Office, Room 110 Literature Building, by no later than Wednesday, December 18, 1996.

Research Funds/Fellowships

  • 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. These funds may not be used for travel to attend conferences that happen to take place at UC facilities. Awards are made for the lowest published airfare not to exceed $250 (or mileage in lieu of airfare), but not per diem. See Linda Lewis for an application.

  • 1997-98 UC President's and UCSD Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships. Fellows (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) are selected for their potential to become faculty members at research universities. Each fellow has a faculty mentor who serves as research advisor and provides career guidance. The fellowships provide a stipend, health insurance, and research and travel expenses. To apply for both awards, candidates should apply to the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, designating a UCSD faculty member as their mentor. They will then be automatically considered for the Chancellor's Fellowship. Applications are available from Greg Llacer, OGSR, 4-3556; or from THE PRESIDENT'S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, 300 LAKESIDE DR 18TH FL, OAKLAND CA 94612-3550; (510) 987-9503. The deadline for submission of applications is December 1, 1996.

  • University of California Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Call for Program Proposals.

    • 1997-87 Residential Fellowships for Research Group Participation. HRI invites applications from all UC faculty, postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students for residential fellowships to participate in one of the following research groups that will convene during 1997-98: "Jewish Identity in the Diaspora," Fall 1997, Convener, Howard Wettstein, Department of Philosophy, UC Riverside; "The Culture of the Americas and the Narratives of Globalization," Winter/Spring 1998, Convener, Gwen Kirkpatrick, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley; and "Multiculturalism(s) in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand: Legal and Pedagogical Implications," Winter/Spring 1998, Convener, Brook Thomas, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine. The deadline for faculty applications is December 15, 1996; for graduate student applications the deadline is February 1, 1997 (graduate student applicants must be advanced to candidacy by June 1997). Postdoctoral scholars (Ph.D. from the UC within the past two years or by June 15, 1997) must also apply by February 1, 1997.

    • 1998-99 Research Group Proposals. HRI is currently seeking proposals for research groups to be in residence in Irvine for from one to three quarters during 1998-99. Research groups bring together scholars to work in collaboration on interdisciplinary topics which advance the Institute's commitment to promote new and exciting scholarship in the humanities. Proposals must be postmarked by December 15, 1996. During 1997-98, applications will be solicited from UC faculty to work in the research groups selected. For further information contact THE FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HRI, 307 ADMINISTRATION, IRVINE CA 92697-3350; (714) 824-8177; or see Lucinda Rubio-Barrick.

  • University of Colorado at Boulder Chancellor's Postdotoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity. This program offers postdoctoral research fellowships to members of groups underrepresented on faculties of U.S. universities--especially racial and ethnic minorities or women in engineering, computer sciences, mathematics, or physical sciences--who show promise for tenure-track appointments on the CU-Boulder campus. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have received a doctorate within two years of the start of the appointment on or after August 1, 1997. Applications must be postmarked by December 9, 1996. Inquiries should be directed to Barbara Kraus, Assistant to the Dean, (303) 492-5773.

  • 1997-98 UC Pacific Rim Research Program Grants. Proposals may come from any discipline and should address questions which contribute to an understanding of the Pacific Rim region as a whole. Applications are now being solicited for the following categories of grants: Research Projects for amounts up to $30,000 for one- to two-year projects; Planning Grants of up to $15,000 for research development, new collaborations and workshop funding; and Campus-Based Program Development of up to $35,000 for start-up efforts leading to the establishment of an intercampus center or project. Graduate Student Grants for preliminary field trips to assist in formulating full-scale Pacific Rim proposals, as well as field work or research support, are also available. Application materials may be obtained from Greg Llacer at OGSR, 4-3556. The campus deadline for submission of applications is January 6, 1997.

  • 1997-98 Newberry Library Fellowships. The Newberry Library announces the following fellowships for research projects related to the library's collections which concern the civilizations of western Europe and the Americas from the late Middle Ages to the early 20th century:

    • National Endowments for the Humanities Fellowships (up to $30,000)

    • Lloyd Lewis Fellowships in American History (up to $40,000);

    • American Society for 18th-Century Studies Fellowships ($800/month)'

    • Newberry-British Academy Fellowship for Study in Great Britain (30/day);

    • Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women ($12,500);

    • Short-Term Resident Fellowships for Individual Research ($800/month);

    • Joint Fellowships with the American Antiquarian Society ($800/month); and

    • The Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowship (medieval or Renaissance topics; up to $3,000).

    For information on the library collections, fellowship eligibility requirements and deadlines, and additional Newberry Library fellowships, contact THE COMMITTEE ON AWARDS, THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY, 60 WEST WALTON ST, CHICAGO IL 60610-3380; or see

Graduate Program Notices

  • 1996-97 Graduate Studies Committee
    Student Representatives
    Desiree Henderson, English
    Melanie Jennings, English
    Kristi Wilson, Comparative and GSA
    Demian Pritchard, Cultural Studies
    Filemon Zamora-Suchilt, Spanish
    Carl Jubran, French
    Katherine Grubbs, Composition
    Vanita Sharma, Executive Committee
    Jill Holslin, Alternate, Executive Committee

  • Courses in Brazilian Literature, Winter Quarter 1996. Two upper-division courses in Brazilian literature, LTGN 136--Brazilian Literature (in translation) and LTPO 130-- Brazilian Literature (in Portuguese), will be offered by Jorge Moreira, who has been appointed lecturer for Winter Quarter. Graduate students interested in using Portuguese as their second or third language should consider enrolling in these courses.