December 1998 News

New Publications

Bram Dijkstra, Georgia O'Keeffe and the Eros of Place. Princeton University Press, 1998.

Mel Freilicher, 120 Days in the FBI: My Untold Story by Jane Eyre (chapbook). Standing Stones Press, October 1998.

Lisa Lowe, "The International within the National," Cultural Critique, 40 (Fall 1998): 29-47.


Wendy Arons
Dr. Arons' dissertation, "Sophie Goes to the Theatre: Performances of Gender and Identity in Eighteenth-Century German Women's Writing" was awarded Honorable Mention in the 1998 Women in German Dissertation Competition.

Dr. Arons has also been appointed Lecturer in Theatre at the UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance for the Winter and Spring Quarters of 1999, where she will teach a graduate seminar and an upper-division undergraduate seminar on the topic of "Feminist Theatre."

Richard Elliott Friedman's The Hidden Book in the Bible was named by Publisher's Weekly in the Best Books of 1998.



  • How to prepare for an MLA interview;
  • How to prepare for an on-campus interview;
  • and more useful advice for graduate students venturing on the job market this fall;

with Professors Winnie Woodhull and Kathryn Shevelow, Tuesday, December 1, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building.

UCSD-TV presents UCSD Guestbook, Tuesday, December 1, 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Tune in as JORGE MARISCAL welcomes Chicana author NORMA ELIA CANTU for a conversation on growing up on the border, the Chicano literary style, and Ms. Cantu's prize winning book, Canícula: Snapshots of a Girl en la Frontera. (UCSD-TV is UHF Channel 35, Cox Communications Ch. 76 in San Diego and Ch. 58 in North County, Time Warner Cable Ch. 18, Coronado Cable Ch. 18, and Del Mar TV 3.)

RICHARD ELLIOTT FRIEDMAN will speak on his new book, The Hidden Book in the Bible: The Discovery of the First Prose Masterpiece (HarperCollins, 1998) at the UCSD Bookstore (1st Floor), Thursday, December 3, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

GAYATRI GOPINATH, Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; and 1998-99 UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCSD Department of Literature, will speak on "Houses of Difference: Queer Homes and Migrations in Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean Literature," Thursday, January 7, 4:30 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building.

Amy Kaplan, Professor, Department of English, Mt. Holyoke College, and José David Saldívar, Professor, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, will co-teach a graduate mini-seminar (cc: 331525-A00) on "Empire, Modernity, and American Cultures." The four meetings of the seminar will be:

  • Tuesday, January 12 (Kaplan and Saldívar);
  • Thursday, January 14 (Kaplan and Saldívar);
  • Tuesday, January 19 (Kaplan);
  • Thursday, January 21 (Kaplan);

all 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building.

The course will start by considering the multiple meanings of 1898. Was 1898 a date and space of historical beginning and/or a date of historical rupture? What kind of event of globalization was 1898? But the course will move beyond the reification of 1898 by considering other transnational transfigurations such as Pan-Africanism and Latinamericanism. It will consider how imperialism maps the relation of the "domestic" and the "foreign" in gendered terms. Readings will include Roosevelt, Marti, DuBois, Hopkins, Perez, and Montejo.

Professor Kaplan is at the forefront of American literary and cultural studies. She is the author of The Social Construction of American Realism (University of Chicago Press, 1988) and co-editor, with Donald Pease, of The Cultures of United States Imperialism (Duke University Press, 1993).

Professor Saldívar is an internationally known specialist on American, Latino and Latin American, and Caribbean literature and culture; and the author of several books, including Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies (UC Press, 1997) and The Dialectics of Our America: Genealogy, Cultural Critique, and Literary History (Duke University Press, 1991).

Professors Kaplan and Saldívar will also each present a public lecture (dates and times TBA):

  • Amy Kaplan, "Birth of an Empire: War, Domesticity, and Early American Cinema"
  • José David Saldívar, "Looking Awry at 1898: Roosevelt, Marti, Montejo"

HENRY ABELOVE, Professor of English, Wesleyan University, will be speaking Thursday, January 14, on "Queer Politics, Queer Poetry" (time and place TBA). Professor Abelove is the co-editor of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader.

Did you like Dead Poets' Society? If you're interested in intelligent discussion of Literature and would like a forum to read your work as well as hear the work of others, then check out the Written Revival Literary Club. We meet every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. For more information, call 270-1821or drop by the Literature Department Undergraduate Office.