December 1997 News

New Publications

David Kuchta The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinity: England 1550-1850. Accepted for publication by the University of California Press. David Kuchta is a Lecturer in Revelle Humanities.


  • To Linda Brodkey who was named as finalist in the competition for the seventeenth annual MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for an outstanding research publication in the field of teaching English language and literature. Her book, Writing Permitted in Designated Areas Only (University of Minnesota Press) was cited as a "gripping collection of essays that represent a wide-ranging investigation of issues of difference as they are manifest in the teaching of writing...."
  • To Wai-lim Yip whose recent book of poems for children, Mother Tree, was selected as one of the five best books of poems for grade-school students in Taiwan. The recommendation was made jointly by the Committee on Cultural Construction of the Executive Branch, The Min-Sheng Daily News, and The National Language Daily.


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  • Edward Baker, Professor of Spanish Literature, University of Florida; and Visiting Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD
    "Print Culture and Literary History: Three Spanish Cases" (presentation in English)
    Wednesday, December 3, 4:00 p.m.
    deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
  • Jessica Hagedorn, Regents' Lecturer, January 12-23, 1998. Poet, multimedia theater artist, novelist, and screenwriter, Jessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. in her teens. Her novel, Dogeaters (Pantheon and Penguin Books, 1990), was nominated for a National Book Award and has been translated into several languages. She is also the author of the novel, The Gangster of Love (Houghton Mifflin, 1996; Penguin, 1997) and Danger And Beauty (Penguin, 1993), a collection of poetry and prose. She is the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (Penguin, 1993), and her poems, prose and theater pieces, essays, and fiction have been anthologized widely. Ms. Hagedorn wrote the screenplay for Fresh Kill, an independent first feature film directed and produced by Shu Lea Cheang. Her multimedia theater pieces include Teenytown, The Art of War: Nine Situations and Holy Food. She is the recipient of the 1994 Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award and a 1995 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

    During her two-week visit to UCSD, Jessica Hagedorn will present a public lecture, visit classrooms, and hold office hours. Details will be announced in the January Newsletter.

  • Patricia Seed, Department of History, Rice University
    speaking on representations of indigenous peoples by early modern colonialist writers.
    Thursday, January 15, 4:00 p.m.
    Room TBA


The 1997 Modern Language Association Convention, scheduled this year in Toronto, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 27, and end at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30. The convention will take place at the Royal York Hotel/Metro Toronto Convention Centre (English Sessions); and the Sheraton Centre Toronto (Foreign Language Sessions, Job Information and Child Care). Exhibits will be located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 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 5. For further information see Barbara Saxon or Quinny.


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 cover sheet should be attached with the following information: 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 17, 1997.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

  • 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.
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Fellowships for 1998-99.
    1998-99 Residential Fellowships for Research Group Participation
    . HRI invites applications from UC faculty, postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students for residential fellowships to participate in one of the following research groups that will convene during 1998-99: "Interdisciplinary Queer Studies," Fall 1998, Convener, Robyn Wiegman, Women's Studies, UC Irvine; "Gender and Citizenship in Muslim Communities," Winter/Spring 1999, Convener, Suad Joseph, Anthropology, UC Davis; and "Microcosms: Objects of Knowledge," Winter/Spring 1999, Convener, E. Bruce Robertson, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara. The deadline for faculty applications is December 15, 1997; for graduate student applications, the deadline is February 1, 1998 (graduate student applicants must be advanced to candidacy by June 1998). Postdoctoral scholars (Ph.D. from the UC within the past two years or by June 15, 1998) must also apply by February 1, 1998. For further information contact the Fellowship Committee, University of California HRI, 307 Administration Bldg, Irvine CA 92697-3350; (714) 824-8177; or
  • Pacific Rim Research Program Grants for 1998-99. Proposals for Pacific Rim Research Program grants to be awarded July 1, 1998, must be submitted before January 7, 1998. There are four categories of awards: Research Projects for amounts up to $40,000 for one- or two-year projects; Planning Grants of up to $15,000 for research development, new collaborations and workshop funding, and mini-grants of up to $3,000 for planning purposes; Campus-Based Program Development Grants of up to $35,000 for start-up efforts leading to the establishment of an intercampus center or project that has a high probability of securing external funding; and Graduate Student Grants for preliminary field trips to assist in formulating full-scale Pacific Rim proposals as well as field work or research support (graduate students must have a faculty member serve as their principal investigator of record). Proposals may come from any discipline and should address questions which contribute to an understanding of the Pacific Rim region as a whole. If you are interested, please see Lucinda Rubio-Barrick for additional information.
  • UCSD Center for the Humanities Call for Program Proposals for the 1998- 99 Academic year.
    The Center will consider support in the following categories:
    1. Collaborative Group Research Planning Grants: provide initial support for group projects that have the potential of attracting outside support for projects seeking seed funds to develop applications for foundations or specific programs. Interdisciplinary research will be supported under this category. Maximum award $10,000.
    2. Conferences: provide funds, matching grants, and seed money for the organization of conferences on significant issues in the humanities that are of interest to the university and the community. Maximum award: $20,000.
    3. Humanities Faculty Fellow: supports research of faculty from the Division of Arts & Humanities by providing the opportunity for full-time research effort. Up to $5000 will be made available to the Fellow's home department to cover temporary teaching replacement needs. Faculty Fellows will remain in residence at UCSD and be asked to present their research at the Center's faculty luncheon series. Faculty are not eligible if, within the last two years, they have received a UC President's Fellowship in the Humanities or a major fellowship such as a Guggenheim or NEH that provided a leave of two quarters or more. At least six Faculty Fellows will be funded.
    4. Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship: supports dissertation research of graduate students from the Division of Arts and Humanities. Each department within the Division my submit two candidates for consideration. At least six awards of $4,000 each will be funded. (Students should see Quinny before proceeding with an application.)
    5. African-American Literature and History: supports research, conferences, and a lectureship in this area. Maximum award $10,000.
    6. Ethnic Literature and History: supports research, conferences, and a lectureship in this area. Maximum award $10,000.
    7. Community Outreach: supports events that involve the local community and community organizations and contribute to the interaction of UCSD faculty and the San Diego community. Maximum award $10,000.
    8. Humanities Research Institute (Irvine) Bridge Grants: provide support for proposals that have the potential of becoming Humanities Research Institute (HRI) resident research groups. The groups bring together scholars to work in collaboration on interdisciplinary topics of special significance (see above for a listing of the 1998-99 groups). The deadline for submitting proposals for Resident Research Group at HRI is December 15th of each year. A project submitted in 1998 would be for the residence period 2000-2001. Maximum award $5,000.

    ELIGIBILITY: Faculty--All members of the Academic Senate who are eligible for funds from the Committee on Research are eligible. Members of the Executive Committee of the UCSD Center for the Humanities are not eligible to apply during the time they serve on the Executive Committee. Graduate students--Full-time graduate students in the Division of Arts and Humanities in good standing are eligible for the dissertation awards. They may also serve as research fellows on research projects initiated by faculty. Undergraduate students--Undergraduate students are presently not eligible for support for their own projects. However, full-time undergraduate students in their Junior or Senior year, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, are eligible to serve as research fellows on research projects initiated by faculty.
    DEADLINE: Proposals should be submitted no later than Friday, January 14, 1998. Late proposals will not be considered. Please forward proposals to: UCSD Center for the Humanities, Mail Code 0406. Awards will be announced by February 16, 1998.

  • 1998-99 Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships. This fellowship program supports scholars and writers engaged in research on transnational social and cultural issues, non-Western cultures, and the diverse cultural heritage of the United States. For 1998-99, individuals can apply for resident fellowships at 28 host institutions, including, among others: CUNY Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies; Oral History Research Office, Columbia University; Center for the Study of Public Scholarship, Emory University; Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio; African Humanities Institute, Harvard University; Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library; Smithsonian Institution with the Inter University Program for Latino Research; Indigenous Research Center of the Americas, UC Davis; Womanist Studies Consortium, University of Georgia; and the Project for Critical Asian Studies, University of Washington. The fellowships are meant to serve scholars who are testing disciplinary boundaries or moving into newer fields of inquiry. Awards may not be used for the completion of graduate studies. Complete information about eligibility, stipends and application procedures for individual scholars is available directly from the host institutions. See Lucinda Rubio-Barrick for the full list of institutions and application deadlines, or contact Humanities Fellowships, Arts and Humanities Division, The Rockefeller Foundation, 420 Fifth Ave, New York NY 10018-2702.

Graduate Program Announcements

Mock Interview Workshop, with a panel of faculty and other participants.
Tuesday, December 2, 4:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Miscellaneous Announcements

Pier Review Toastmasters, the on-campus Toastmasters club, is actively recruiting new members. Whether you are an accomplished public speaker or scared to death to stand in front of an audience, we can help you learn to speak better. If you'd like more information about how we might be able to benefit you, please contact Dr. Catherine Woytowicz. If you'd like to check us out, please attend one of our meetings. We meet every Tuesday at 12:00 noon in the office of the Director at SIO. Come down to the beachfront and see what we're all about.