May 1998 News

New Department Chair

Rosaura Sánchez will step down from her position as Chair of the Department of Literature when Lisa Lowe assumes the chairship on July 1, 1998. Michael Davidson will serve as Vice Chair of the Department also effective July 1. The department is most grateful to Professor Sánchez for her dedicated leadership during the past three years and to Kathryn Shevelow for her service as Vice Chair.

New Publications
  • Stephen Cox, review of Ian Watt, Myths of Modern Individualism. Reason Papers: A Journal of Inter-disciplinary Normative Studies, (U.K., Fall 1997): 164-166.
  • Stephen Cox, "Mysteriet Titanic" ["Mysteries of the Titanic," U.S. publication, 1997], trans. Sune Karlsson, Smedjan: Den Liberala Scenen i Svensk Debatt [Forge: The Liberal Scene in Swedish Debate] (March 1998).
  • Fanny Howe, poems in Lingo, The Progressive, Fence, Fourteen Hills and Five Fingers Review; poems in the anthology Moving Borders (Talisman).
  • Fanny Howe, review of Lynne Tillman's No Lease on Life in Bookforum.
  • Fanny Howe, "Fairies," essay in the anthology Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (Anchor/Doubleday).
  • Masao Miyoshi, "Radical Art at documenta X," Visions, New Left Review, 228 (March/April 1998): 151-161.
  • Masao Miyoshi, "Disciplining Boundaries After the Cold War" [Reisen go ni okeru kyokai no chitsujoka ni tsuite], trans. Katsuhiko Endo, Critical Space [Hihyo kukan], II.17 (1998): 47-74.
  • Masao Miyoshi, "Rekishi to shiko no bunmyaku to sakka: Oe Kenzaburo no hanashi aite" [Genealogy and Author: Who Talks with Oe?], Oe Kenzaburo, eds. Fujii Sadakazu et al. Tokyo: Wakakusa Shobo, 1998: 22-29.
  • Don E. Wayne, "'A More Safe Survey': Social-Property Relations, Hegemony, and the Rhetoric of Country Life," in Soundings of Things Done: Essays in Early Modern Literature in Honor of S.K. Heninger, Jr., eds. Peter E. Medine and Joseph Wittreich. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1997.

In early April, graduate students Richard Anthony, Holly Bauer, Kate Burns, Carlton Floyd, Katherine Grubbs and Carrie Wastal, along with Professor Linda Brodkey, conducted an all-day workshop, Auto-ethnographies of Writers and Writing, at the national Conference on College Composition and Communication in Chicago. At the same conference, Katherine Grubbs presented a paper on using autoethnographies in first-year college writing classes, and Richard Anthony and Linda Brodkey gave papers on "whiteness" on a panel called "Off White Papers."

  • To Maria del Mar Alberca-Garcia who has been awarded a 1998 Field Research Grant from the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies.
  • To Ann duCille who has received a 1997 Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America for Skin Trade. The Center, named after Gustavus Myers, the author of History of Bigotry in the United States, identifies, awards, and publicizes outstanding books on the subject of intolerance in North America.
  • Each year, it asks publishers to nominate books published the preceding year. The winners are announced on December 10, Human Rights Day
  • And to Chloe Rutter-Jensen who has been selected by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies to receive a 1998-99 Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowship.
    Presenters include Professors Michael Davidson and Shelley Streeby and graduate students Abbie Cory and Demian Pritchard
    Monday, May 4, 4:15 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
    Sponsored by the Department of Literature's Graduate Studies Committee.
  • TEACHING WHAT YOU'RE NOT: THE POLITICS OF AUTHORITY, AUTHENTICITY AND ESSENTIALISM IN THE CLASSROOM, second and third parts to a three-part workshop on gender, race, sexuality and class--and their intersections in the classroom between and among the teaching assistants, professors, students, and course material.
    Wednesday, May 6, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Women's Center, Jorge Mariscal and Lisa Yoneyama, discussion leaders.
    Friday, May 22, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Cross-Cultural Center, discussion led by undergraduate students.
    Address questions to Demian Pritchard
    • John Woods & Jerome Rothenberg Wednesday, May 6, 4:30 p.m., Visual Arts Performance Space, presented in cooperation with PEN American Center's National Translation Month.
      John Woods, who has done many award-winning translations from German authors, will read from his ongoing translations of Arno Schmidt. Jerome Rothenberg will perform translations from Pablo Picasso, Vitezslav Nezval, Kurt Schwitters, Federico García Lorca, and traditional American Indian poetry.
    • Sarah Schulman Tuesday, May 12, 5;30 p.m., Visual Arts Studio 451
      Sarah Schulman, Spring Quarter resident at UCSD, is the author of seven novels, including Shimmer (forthcoming from Avon), RAT Bohemia, Empathy, People in Trouble (Gregory Kolovakos Memorial Prize for AIDS fiction) and After Delores (American Library Association Book Award).
    • John Cayley and Yang Lian Friday, May 22, 4:30 p.m., Visual Arts Performance Space
      Spring Quarter resident at UCSD, John Cayley is an innovator with hypertext and web-based poetry and an important translator of new Chinese poetry. Yang Lian, a key figure among the post-Mao "misty poets," has expanded his writing while living outside of China and is today a postmodern experimentalist of genuine international stature.

    The New Writing Series is sponsored by University Events, the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Archive for New Poetry, and the Department of Literature.

  • JORGE MOREIRA, Washington University, St. Louis; and Lecturer, Spring Quarter 1998, Department of Literature
    "Nation, Race, Gender and Social Class in Brazilian Cultural Discourses: José de Alencar, Machado de Assis, Jorge Amado and Antonio Callado" (presentation will be in Spanish)
    Thursday, May 7, 4:00 p.m.
    de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building
  • "CITY OF DOGS", film screening presented by the Committee on World Democracy
    Friday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. , Solis Hall
    A discussion on militarism and society will follow with Jorge Mariscal and Rick Jahnkow of Project YANO, an anti-militarism organization working in San Diego.
  • "DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES" Abe Osheroff will present his award-winning documentary film about his experiences in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).
    Wednesday, May 13, 4:30 p.m. , Seuss Room, Geisel Library
    Abe Osheroff, a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, has been a social activist all his life. He is both a piece of living history and an example of unwavering life-time commitment.
  • BLACK WOMEN WRITERS AND THE 'HIGH ART' OF AFRO-AMERICAN LETTERS, May 15-17, 1998, a three-day conference honoring the work of Sherley Anne Williams and other black women writers and critics. The conference will open with a keynote address by Angela Davis at the Price Center Theater at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15 (registration and ticket required). Friday evening activities include a poetry/prose/music fest featuring Quincy Troupe, Sherley Anne Williams, Ruth Forman, Angela Boyce, Anthony Davis, George Lewis and Cecil Lytle. On Saturday morning, Frances Smith Foster will present the opening remarks, followed by a full slate of panel discussions with Katherine Bassard, Herman Beavers, Gabrielle Foreman, Marlowe Miller, Sylvia Wynter, Herman Gray, Farah Griffin, Phyllis Jackson, Cheryl Wall, Jennifer Brody, Barbara Christian, JoAnne Cornwell, Sharon Holland, Hazel Carby, Jonathan Holloway, Ashraf Rushdy and Jane Rhodes. On Saturday evening, UCSD Theatre students will perform a staged reading from Dessa Rose, directed by Floyd Gaffney, and Zeinabu Davis will screen her film "Early African American Women Filmmakers." On Sunday, Lisa Lowe, Indira Karamcheti, George Lipsitz, Michael Murashige, Lindon Barrett, Sandra Dijkstra, Tisha Hooks, Joseph Skerrett, Ruth Forman, Harryette Mullen, Anna Small-Roseboro, Demetrice Davis, and Kate Rushin will participate in workshops on teaching and professional development, followed by a roundtable discussion on future directions with Mae Henderson, Patricia Liggins Hill, Shirley Weber, Rosemary George, Marta Sánchez, and Wendy Walters. Ann duCille will present the closing remarks. The conference is sponsored by the Literature Department, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, UCHRI, the Marshall College Provost's Office, and the generous support of Marianne McDonald.

    Advance registration (registration is free) will be accepted until May 8; registration-in-person will also be welcome from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, at the Price Center Theater. Optional Saturday evening BBQ/Picnic ($15) and Sunday boxed lunch ($7) require payment (checks to the "UC Regents") by May 8; no late orders can be accepted. Because of space limitations, only registered individuals will receive tickets for the opening session with keynote speaker Angela Davis. For a complete schedule and registration form, contact Lucinda Rubio-Barrick at the Department of Literature (534-3216 or 534-4618).

  • ANTHONY L. GEIST, Department of Romance Languages, University or Washington; and Visiting Professor, Spring Quarter 1998, Department of Literature
    "La Musa Democrática: Modernism and Post-Modernism in Recent Spanish Poetry"
    Monday, May 18, 4:00 p.m. , Seuss Room, Geisel Library
  • LAUREN BERLANT, Department of English, University of Chicago
    Professor Berlant is the author of The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship as well as The Anatomy of National Fantasy: Hawthorne, Utopia and Everyday Life.
    Wednesday, May 20, 3:00 p.m. , Women's Center
    For more information, contact Judith Halberstam, 534-8699.
  • STEWART PRIZE IN LITERATURE/SPRING CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS. As part of the annual UCSD Spring Celebration of the Arts, the Literature Department is sponsoring a student reading at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21 in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. The winner of the Stewart Prize in Literature will be announced and presented with a $200 cash prize. The event will conclude with a reception in the Reinhard Lettau Faculty/Staff Commons, 3138 Literature Building. All students are invited and faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend.
    Professor, The Literature Program, Duke University,
    and Visiting Professor, Department of Literature
    "The Brick and the Balloon: Culture and Land Speculation"
    Wednesday, May 27, 4:00 p.m.
    Cross-Cultural Center
Research/Fellowship Opportunities
  • Travel to Scholarly Meetings that take place before July 1, 1999. Academic Senate members may apply for travel expenses (airfare, not per diem) to well-established conferences or symposia, such as those sponsored by professional societies, at which they will present papers on their research or preside over one or more sessions. Invitations to participate in a departmental symposium or in a locally organized workshop/conference with a fairly small attendance 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., May 29, 1998. Applications received after this date will be reviewed in September 1998. Awards are made for the lowest published air coach fare for domestic trips, with ceilings of $500 for 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 or on the Web at
  • Harvard University Society of Fellows Three-Year Junior Fellowships. The Society is seeking truly extraordinary scholars, from any field of study and at an early stage of their scholarly careers, for fellowships (eight total) beginning July 1, 1999. Most Junior Fellows have recently received or are candidates for the Ph.D., and it is thus expected that candidates will be far along in the dissertation stage and able to submit samples of independent work. The fellowships provide scholars with an opportunity to pursue their studies in any department of the University, free from formal requirements. The 1998/99 stipend for Junior Fellows in their first year is $43,000. Candidates are usually nominated by those under whom they have studied. Although the deadline for nominations is September 9, 1998, an early nomination will allow time for submission of work and letters of reference. For additional information, see Quinny or Lucinda Rubio-Barrick, or contact the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, 78 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138; (617) 495-2485; a href="">
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Call for Program Proposals.
    • 1999-2000 Conference Proposals. HRI's Advisory Committee will consider conference proposals for the 1999-2000 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, 1998.
    • 1999-2000 Seminar Proposals. The seminar program supports events smaller in scale, usually one or two days in length, focusing 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, 1998.
    • 2000-2001 Research Group Proposals. HRI is currently seeking proposals for research groups to be in residence in Irvine during 2000-2001. 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, 1998. During Fall 1999, applications will be solicited from UC faculty to work in the research groups selected.

      For further information contact (714) 824-8177 or Potential organizers are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas both with Patricia O'Brien, the HRI Director, and with their campus representatives on the Advisory Committee.

Graduate Program Annoucements

Fredric R. Jameson--Spring Quarter 1998 Mini-Seminar: Professor Jameson's two-unit mini-seminar (LTTH 297) is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, Thursday, May 28, and Tuesday, June 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Readings include Gilles Deleuze, Cinema I: The Movement Image (Chapters 1-4 and 12) and Cinema II: The Time Image (Chapters 1 and 4-6).

Commencement. The 1998 Graduate Studies Commencement will be held on Sunday, June 14, 1:30 p.m., in the Price Center Ballroom.

Miscellaneous Announcements

UC Health Benefits for Same-Sex Domestic Partners and Adult Dependent Relatives. The UC is expanding eligibility for health plan coverage. During a special enrollment period--May 4 through May 22--employees and annuitants will have the opportunity to enroll these newly eligible family members for coverage effective July 1, 1998: an adult dependent relative (instead of a legal spouse, if any); or a same-sex domestic partner and/or a domestic partner's child or grandchild. The criteria for eligibility are explained in a booklet, "Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans Special Enrollment for Newly Eligible Family Members," which was mailed to the home addresses of all benefit-eligible employees during the last week of April. If you did not receive the mailing or need additional information, contact Sheila Bliss, Benefits Representative, Department of Literature.