February 1999 News

New Publications

Michael Davidson, The Arcades. Oakland: O Books (94 pp).

Mel Freilicher, "Classical Disunities: Dis/p(a)lace," RAMPIKE, 10.1 (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada). Special issue on (techno-)environments.

Don Wayne "'Pox on Your Distinction': Humanist Reformation and Deformations of the Everyday in The Staple of News," Renaissance Culture and the Everyday, eds. Patricia Fumerton and Simon Hunt. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999: 67-91.
"Mediation and Contestation: English Classicism from Sidney to Jonson," reprinted in Renaissance Poetry, ed. Cristina Malcolmson. Longman Critical Readers Series. London and New York: Longman, 1998: 178-202.

Donald Wesling "Scottish Narrative Since 1979: Monologism and the Contradictions of a Stateless Nation," Scotlands, 4.2 (Edinburgh, 1997): 81-98.
"Constructivist Theory and the Literary Canon," Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 3.1 (Debrecen, Hungary, 1997): 139-148.
"Moral Sentiment from Adam Smith to Robert Burns," Studies in Scottish Literature, 30 (Columbia, SC, 1998): 147-155.

Awards and Other Achievements

Kate Burns, Ph.D. student, was elected to serve on the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association as a delegate for the Western U.S. and Canada (1999-2001).

Stephen W. Potts delivered a paper, entitled "A Tale of Two Cultures: Science and Critique," on January 17, 1999, at the J. Lloyd Eaton Conference at UC Riverside. 


Richard S. Cohen, Ph.D., Program in Buddhist Studies, University of Michigan; Lecturer, Department of History, UCSD; "Why Study Indian Buddhism?" Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Daphne Brooks, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley and Assistant Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD (as of July 1, 1999), "Facing the New Negro: (Dis)Figurement and Reinvention in the Crisis Photojournalism of the 1910s," Thursday, February 4, 12:00 noon, Cross Cultural Center Lecture Room, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Ethnic Studies Department

Jyotsna Singh, Department of English, Michigan State University, "Who Speaks for the Nation? Trading National Identity in Early Modern England," Thursday, February 4, 1999, 4:30 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building, sponsored by the Department of Literature

Jyotsna Singh is the author of Colonial Narratives/ Cultural Dialogues: "Discoveries" of India in the Language of Colonialism (Routledge, 1996), and coeditor of The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics (Blackwell, 1994). She is one of a new group of feminist scholars combining postcolonial theory with early modern studies, and she has published work on postcolonial African rewritings of Othello.

Rhythm is the Cure, a concert by I Giullari di Piazza, a traditional Italian folk music, theater and dance company, presented by the Italian Community Center of San Diego, Sunday, February 7, 6:00 p.m., San Diego Center for the Moving Arts, 3255 Fifth Avenue (between Spruce and Thorn), $15 general admission, $12 students. For further information, call the ICC at 237-0601.

Literature Colloquium: Nationalism, Literacy, and the Literary, with Linda Brodkey, Stephanie Jed, Marta Sánchez, Oumelbanine Zhiri, Holly Bauer, Teresa Fiore, Carlton Floyd, and Carrie Wastal, Tuesday, February 9, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. on UCSD-TV, Jorge Mariscal welcomes archeologist Larry Felton for a conversation about the McCoy House and other findings from the Mexican and American periods at Old Town in San Diego. Learn about the on-going work of recreating historic environments so visitors can "experience life as it was" between 1821 and 1872, as proposed by the Department of Parks and Recreation under the General Development Plan for Old Town.

Stephen C. Berkwitz, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, Tuesday, February 16, 4:00 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building (topic TBA)

Maria R. Hibbets, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University, Thursday, February 18, 4:00 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building (topic TBA)

Friday, February 19 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on UCSD-TV, Fanny Howe presents her latest video project, a teleplay produced in conjunction with Black History Month, followed by a discussion with the cast and musicians.

Julie Gifford, joint Ph.D. Candidate, History of Religions, Divinity School, and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building (topic TBA)

Tatyana Voronchenko, Professor and Chair, Russian and World Literature Department, Zabaikalsky State Pedagogical University (Trans-Baikal Siberia) and Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Department of Literature, UCSD "The Golden Age of Russian Poetry: Alexander Pushkin," Thursday, February 25, 4:00 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building, sponsored by the Department of Literature
"On the Crossroads of the Worlds: Mexican-American Phenomenon in American Literature (View from Siberia)," Thursday, March 4, 12:00 noon, Cross Cultural Center Lecture Room, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Ethnic Studies Department

Jennifer Burton, Ph.D. in English and American Literature, Harvard University, and Visiting Scholar, Department of Literature, UCSD, Monday, March 1, 4:30 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building (topic TBA)


UC Riverside, February 25-27, 1999

Jorge Mariscal, "Don Quixote in Aztlan: Reinventing Spanish Studies in California," Friday, February 26, 10:30 a.m.
Brian Gollnick, "The Maya Region: Between National and Ethnic History," Saturday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.

For additional program information, call (909) 787-3746, Ext. 1461.

UCSD, Seuss Room, Geisel Library, March 5-6, 1999

Friday, March 5

4:00-5:00 p.m., Reception and Welcome by Rae Armantrout

5:45 - 7:15 p.m., A Little History (1960-1980), with Michael Davidson, Harryettte Mullen, Kathleen Fraser, Patricia Dienstfrey, and Simone Fattal

Saturday, March 6

8:30 - 10:00 a.m., Poetics and Such, with Myung Mi Kim, Brenda Hillman, Martha Ronk, and Lyn Hejinian

10:30 - 12:00 noon, How to Survive the Canon, with Mary Margaret Sloan, Maureen Owen, Cristanne Miller, Lynn Keller, Carla Harryman, and Aldon Nielsen

1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Mrs. Poetry: The Work of Bernadette Mayer, with Stephen Cope, Leslie Scalapino, Lee Ann Brown, and Juliana Spahr

3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Guess What's Next?, with Marjorie Perloff, Dodie Bellamy, Laura Moriarty, Renee Gladman, and Pamela Lu

4:30 - 5:30 p.m., General Discussion

8:00 - 9:00 p.m., Poetry Readings by Bernadette Mayer and Maureen Owen (at the Faculty Club)

All sessions are free and open to the public. The presses will be on display in the library. For additional information, contact Lucinda Rubio at 534-3216 or lrubio@ucsd.edu. Sponsored by the Department of Literature, The Chancellor's Associates, Center for the Humanities at UCSD, Mandeville Special Collections Library and Friends of the UCSD Libraries.

BEYOND BABEL: COMMON LANGUAGE, COMMON DIFFERENCES, COMMON GROUND Western Humanities Alliance, 18th Annual Conference, UCSD, October 14, 15, 16, 1999
In recent decades the humanities and the social sciences have made a remarkable effort to question their own centrality and the hegemony of their own culture. Today the intellectual aim is no longer about how to go from the center to the periphery, but to understand how margins touch margins, differences meet differences. We have to think in terms of open multiplicity and a virtually unlimited network of local relations; by doing so we necessarily presuppose or produce a common language and a common ground.

The colloquium will focus more specifically on the following four areas of investigation: (1) Hybridization of Cultures/Cultures of Hybridization; (2) Crossing of Disciplines and of Models of Knowledge; (3) Mixtures of Artistic Forms; and (4) Integration of Cognitive Processes. Proposals (300-400 words maximum) should be submitted by February 28, 1999, to Marcel Hénaff, UCSD - 0410, La Jolla CA 92093-0410. Please indicate in which of the four areas, listed above, you would like to present your paper. This call for papers is addressed only to members of the Western Humanities Alliance (includes UCSD).