October 1996 News

New Faculty:

Michael Murashige, Ph.D., UCLA--Assistant Professor of Ethnic American Literature and Cultural Studies: Marxist Theory and Political Economy; Urban Studies; Popular Culture.

Fall Quarter Visitors/Lecturers:

  • Will Alexander, poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, visual artist--Short Fiction, Experimental Writing

  • Jacki Apple, performance/installation artist, film maker, audio composer, radio playwright--Screen Writing

  • Marsanne Brammer, Ph.D., English and American Literature, UCSD--English Literature: Victorian Period

  • Cristina Enríquez de Salamanca, specialist in 19th- and 20th-c. Spanish Literature--Spanish Literature: 19th-c. Novel, Modern Hispanic Literature and Culture

  • David Lloyd, Professor of English, UC Berkeley--Cultural Studies: National Cultures

  • Darlene Muzquiz, Ph.D., Spanish Literature, UCSD--Spanish Literature: Golden Age Prose

  • Barbara Rodriguez, Ph.D., Spanish Literature, UCSD--General Literature: Latin American Literature in Translation

  • Gina Valdes, poet, fiction writer, instructor in Chicano literature and culture--General Literature: Contemporary Chicano Literature

Visiting Scholars:

  • David Clayton, Ph.D., UC San Diego-- research on exoticism in American movies of the 1930s; in residence until June 1997

  • Zhu Hui, Professor of Foreign Languages, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China--research in comparative literature; in residence through January 1997

  • Kyubong Kahng-Jeon, Ph.D., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea--research on Jane Austen; in residence through August 1997

  • Sae-a Oh, Professor of English, Chongju University, Chongju City, Korea--research on English literature and theater; in residence until mid-August 1997

  • Paula Sanmartin--comparison of African American novels by women writers of the Harlem Renaissance and Edith Wharton's novels of manners; in residence until mid-June 1997


New Publications:

  • Alain J.-J. Cohen, "L'instant de la mort: La Méduse du Caravaggio/La Jetée de Chris Marker. Chiasmes pour Louis Marin," Documents de Travail, Centro Internazionale di Semiotica e di Linguistica, Urbino, Hommages à Louis Marin, 243-244(B) (1995): 1-19.

  • Mel Freilicher, from "The Story of Wil's Death" (non-fiction), River Styx, 46, Special Family Issue (1996).

  • Rosemary Marangoly George, The Politics of Home: Postcolonial Relocations and Twentieth-Century Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

  • Susan Kirkpatrick, "Fantasy, Seduction, and the Woman Reader: The Novels of Rosalia de Castro,"Culture and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Spain, eds. Lou Charnon-Deutsch and Jo Labanyi. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995: 74-97.

  • Susan Kirkpatrick, "Gender and Difference in Fin de siglo Discourse,"Spain Today: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society, eds. J. Colmeiro, C. Duplaa, P. Greene, and J. Sabadell. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College, 1995: 95-102.

  • Masao Miyoshi, Introduction, Kenzaburo Oe, Two Novels: J [and] Seventeen. New York: Book of the Month Club, 1996: vii-xvii. Also, New York: Blue Moon Books, 1996: v-xvii.

  • Masao Miyoshi, "Outside Architecture,"with photographs, Anywise, ed. Cynthia Davidson. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1996: 40-47.

  • Masao Miyoshi, "Who Decides and Who Speaks?"anthologized in Recovering the Orient: Artists, Scholars, Appropriations, eds. Andrew Gerstle and Anthony Miller. Chur, Switzerland: Harwood Academic Publishers, 19[95]: 269-292.

  • Masao Miyoshi, "A Borderless World? From Colonialism to Transnationalism and the Decline of the Nation-State,"anthologized in Global/Local, eds. Rob Wilson and Wimal Dissanayake. Durham: Duke University Press, 1996: 78-106.

  • Masao Miyoshi, Off Center, translated into Japanese by Samata Hideki. Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1996.

  • Wanda Van Dusen, "Portrait of a National Fetish: Gertrude Stein's "Introduction to the Speeches of Marechal Petain," MODERNISM/modernity, 3.3 (September 1996): 69-96..

    Michael Davidson has provided the following comments on the posthumous publication of Wanda Van Dusen's essay: "When the department met on the sad occasion of Wanda Van Dusen's memorial service, I mentioned that I was attempting to place some of her critical work in journals. The first result of that endeavor is now out in the form of [the above essay]. A copy of this essay [has been] placed in the department library.... Wanda's work on Gertrude Stein is the result of archival work that she was doing at the Columbia University Library where she uncovered an unpublished introduction to the collected speeches of the Vichy President, Marechal Petain. Wanda's commentary on this introduction provides the basis for an important interrogation of Stein's late work, particularly in the light of her presence in occupied France during WW II.

    This essay was to be part of Wanda Van Dusen's dissertation. At the time of her death she was well on her way to completing her thesis, a project that involved the gender of modernism as seen through the optic of three authors: Irmgard Keun, Michel Leiris and Gertrude Stein. The exceptional qualities of this dissertation can be seen in the essay which follows the Stein introduction. Wanda's work on Stein is particularly important since it deals with the thorny issues of the author's relationship to the German occupation of France as well as her own attitudes towards race, national identity and anti-semitism. Wanda's use of unpublished manuscript materials as well as her judicious use of critical theory (feminism, psychoanalysis, film theory) creates a cultural context for reading Stein that will serve as a model for subsequent readings of modernism in general.";


Lectures/Exhibitions/Events:

  • Anthony J. Cascardi, UC Berkeley
    "The Sociogenesis of Taste: The Case of Baltasar Gracian,"a lecture on the 17th-c. Spanish writer, Baltasar Gracian, and his development of a theory of literary "taste"that is grounded in social practice.
    Thursday, October 3, 4:00 p.m.
    deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

  • Naples Napoli, Photographs, 1925-1995. The San Diego/Napoli Sister City Society is presenting a photography exhibition through October 21 at the Framemaker, 2215 India Street, in Little Italy. The exhibit was designed to evoke not only the rich history of Naples and its links to the Italian American community, but also to emphasize its new interest in international relations and openness to economic, commercial, and cultural exchanges. Pasquale Verdicchio is one of the exhibit organizers.

  • Neil Gotanda, Professor, Western State University College of Law
    "Failure of the Color-Blind Vision: Prop. 209 and the Culture Wars";
    Thursday, October 24, 4:00 p.m.
    Cross Cultural Center
    Sponsored by the UCSD Office of the Associate Chancellor for Affirmative Action; an important lecture, please announce and plan to attend.


NEW WRITING SERIES, FALL QUARTER 1996:

All readings (except the one on October 24) 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.

  • Wednesday, October 16
    David Meltzer
    , author of many books of poetry, editor of important anthologies of Jewish mysticism, of birth and death, of San Francisco Renaissance poetry, of "reading jazz.";

  • Wednesday, October 23
    Jayne Cortez
    , one of the greatest poet performers who has worked for many years on a precise and highly performative poetry of global dimensions and on experiments with multimedia and music.

  • Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m., Cross-Cultural Center
    Yehuda Amichai
    , internationally celebrated poet who was a key figure in the creation of a new Hebrew poetry and language in the aftermath of WW II. Cosponsored by Judaic Studies and Hillel San Diego, under arrangement with B'nai B'rith Lecture Bureau. Reception to follow.

  • 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:

  • The Powers of Poetry in Spanish, Latin American and Latino/a Cultures, University of Oregon, October 24-27, 1996. Susan Kirkpatrick will be one of the two keynote speakers; her talk is entitled "The Uses of Poetry: Feminine Subjects in Modern Spanish Culture." Monica Szurmuk (Ph.D., UCSD, 1995) is one of the conference organizers; and Christopher Conway (Ph.D., UCSD, 1996) and Gema Guevara (Ph.D. candidate) will be presenting papers.

  • 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.

  • 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; http://dssadmin.ucsd.edu/ethnic.


Competitions:

  • 1996 Walker Cowen Manuscript Prize Competition. The Walker Cowen prize is awarded biennially to the author of a scholarly, book-length manuscript in 18th-c. studies in history, literature, philosophy, or the arts. The $3,000 award and publication of the manuscript by the University Press of Virginia honors the late Walker Cowen, the second Director of the Press. Manuscripts must be submitted no later than November 1, 1996, to be considered for the 1996 award. Contact (804) 924-3468 or upressva@virginia.edu for details.

  • 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:

  • Research Grants. Academic Senate members who would like to apply for research support for 1996-97 must submit a Research Grant Application to the Committee on Research, Academic Senate Office, 0002, by 2:00 p.m., October 18, 1996. Applications received after this date will be returned. Grants generally do not exceed $6,000. Priority is given to junior and new faculty with no extramural support and to new projects that will lead to extramural support. Second applications in the same fiscal year will receive low priority. Funds may be awarded for supplies, field work, assistance, travel for research purposes and equipment. Limited funds are available to support the final preparation of manuscripts for submission to publishers. Additional information and application forms are available from Linda Lewis.

  • Travel to Scholarly Meetings. Academic Senate members may apply for travel expenses (airfare, not per diem) to conferences or symposia of professional societies at which they will present papers on their research or preside over one or more sessions. Invitations to participate in conferences organized by universities, departments or institutes cannot be supported. Only one trip per fiscal year for any Senate member will be awarded. The deadline for submission of applications is 2:00 p.m., October 18, 1996 (please note that applications can no longer be submitted at any time). Applications received after this date will be reviewed in January 1997. Awards are made for the lowest published air coach fare for domestic trips, with ceilings of $500 for the Eastern, $350 for Central, and $250 for Mountain/Pacific time zones. Foreign travel may be funded at 75% of the lowest APEX fare, up to $1,000, or the actual fare, whichever is lower. A copy of the letter inviting the paper, acceptance of the paper on the program or a copy of the program must accompany the request for funds. Application forms are available from Linda Lewis.

  • 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.

  • UC President's 1997-98 Research Fellowship in the Humanities. These fellowships, which provide salary support to UC faculty conducting research in the humanities, are awarded in an annual competition modeled on that of the NEH. Active ladder-rank faculty are eligible to apply, and junior faculty will be given special consideration, but not for work which involves revision of the dissertation. The maximum award is $25,000, but combined funding from all sources may not exceed the fellow's regular salary. Fellows must have accrued a minimum of two years of sabbatical leave credit; the accumulated sabbatical credit (up to a maximum of four years) must be used in conjunction with the fellowship; and the fellowship must be used in the academic year following the year the fellowship is announced. All applicants, except junior faculty, must also apply to appropriate extramural agencies that offer funding in their research fields; junior faculty are encouraged, but not required, to do so. Applications are available from Greg Llacer at OGSR (534-3556) and must be postmarked by October 7, 1996.

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

    • 1997-98 Conference Proposals. HRI's Advisory Committee will consider conference proposals for the 1997-98 academic year at its fall meeting. Proposed conferences should foster an intellectual community among UC scholars, across campus and disciplinary boundaries. National and international participation of scholars is also encouraged. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 (rarely exceeding $10,000) and require at least 50% in matching funds from campus or other sources. Proposals must be postmarked by October 15, 1996.

    • 1997-98 Seminar Proposals. The seminar program supports events smaller in scale, usually one or two days in length, focussing on a research problem within a discipline. An interdisciplinary discussion on a seminar scale would also be appropriate. Grants range from $3,000 to $5,000, with the expectation of a 50% match from other sources. Proposals must be postmarked by October 15, 1996.

    • 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 PATRICIA O'BRIEN, DIRECTOR, HRI, 307 ADMINISTRATION, IRVINE CA 92717-3350; (714) 824-8177; pobrien@uci.edu; or see Lucinda Rubio-Barrick.

  • 1997-98 UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program was established to improve the quality and diversity of university faculty and to encourage outstanding minority and women Ph.D. degree holders to pursue academic careers at the UC. Fellowships are awarded through annual competitions open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States. Applications from all qualified persons are accepted and reviewed without regard to race, gender, or ethnicity. Applications are encouraged from African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Filipino Americans, Latinos, Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans, and from women in physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Only those who anticipate completion of their Ph.D. degrees by July 1, 1997, should apply. 20 one-year awards will be granted, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, each including a stipend of $27,000 to $29,000, health benefits, and up to $4,000 for supplemental and research-related travel expenses. The application deadline is December 1, 1996. For additional information, contact THE PRESIDENT'S POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, 300 LAKESIDE DR 18TH FL, OAKLAND CA 94612-3550; (510) 987-9500.

  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 1997-98 Research Fellowships. The Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin will offer approximately 25 fellowships to scholars who wish to engage in post-doctoral or equivalent research requiring substantial on-site use of the Center's collections of rare books and manuscripts. The Center is noted for its British, American and French literary materials and its additional strengths in photography, music, film, and theater arts (see http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/HRC/HRHRC/). For 1997-98, a small number of fellowships have been designated for researchers whose work focuses on literary biography. Funding for one-month fellowships ($1,500 each) is available in the following areas: 18th-c. American literature, culture or history; British literary, cultural, and historical subjects; 20th-c. art, journalism, women's studies, and general literature and culture; the area of publishing and literary studies with special emphasis on Knopf authors; illustrated rare books; research in the Pforzheimer collection (English Literature, 1475-1700) and general Renaissance studies; and the relationship between literature and science. A limited number of two- to four-month fellowships ($2,000 per month) are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Travel stipends ($500-$750) are available for scholars with research projects that do not require a 30-day residency. The application deadline is February 1, 1997. For detailed information, see Lucinda Rubio-Barrick; contact fellowships@hrc.utexas.edu; or write to THE HARRY RANSOM HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, P O BOX 7219, AUSTIN TX 78713-7219.


Graduate Program Notices:

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 taking Portuguese this quarter, either at IR/PS or in an individualized instruction class offered by Linguistics (LIPO 19).

Information on Graduate Programs. Each Fall Quarter, the department receives numerous flyers and brochures describing graduate programs in Literature and related fields. These materials, organized by discipline, are available for review in the Undergraduate Office (see Davon Brown).

Laser Printing at Campus Computer Labs. High quality laser printing is available at campus computer labs for only $.08 per page. While the Literature computer room is most convenient, there may be times-- such as after business hours or when the department's printers need servicing--when printing elsewhere becomes a necessity. Most MAC labs are open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekends. For more information, contact the Accounts Office at Academic Computing Services, 4-4060.