January 1999 News

New Publications

Alain J.-J. Cohen, "Some Like It Hot. Billy Wilder's virtuoso strategies of laughter and play," Interdigitations. Essays for I. Rauch, eds. G. F. Carr, W. Harbert, and L. Zhang. Bern: Peter Lang, 1998: 667-680.

Lisa Lowe, "Work, Immigration, Gender: New Subjects of Cultural Politics," Social Justice, 25.3 (Issue 73, Fall 1998): 31-49.

Pasquale Verdicchio "Italian Canadian Cultural Politics: The Contradictions of Representation," ALTREITALIE: International Journal of Studies on the Peoples of Italian Origin in the World, Agnelli Foundation, 17 (Jan-June, 1998).
With Antonio D'Alfonso, Duologue: On Culture and Identity. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 1998.
"A Disappearing Countenance," Painting Moments: Art, AIDS and Nick Palazzo, ed. Mary Melfi. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 1998.


Fanny Howe has been selected to receive the 1998-99 Chancellor's Associates Excellence in the Arts Award "in recognition of her artistic achievements as an internationally renowned poet and writer; [her] success in challenging the conventional aesthetics of contemporary American writing; [and her] vision and leadership in shaping the Department of Literature's writing program into a lively and popular center for the written word." A citation and an honorarium of $2,500 will be presented to her at the Associates' Winter Quarter meeting on February 16.

Exams and Defenses

The following graduate students successfully completed qualifying examinations, comprehensive examinations or defenses during Fall Quarter 1998:

  • Brian Gollnick, Ph.D. Defense; Dissertation: "The Bleeding Horizon: Subaltern Representations in Mexico's Lacandon Jungle"
  • Jerry R. Jenkins, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Carl Jubran, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Douglas Pinto, Ph.D. Defense; Dissertation: "Rene Char's Archipelagic Speech"
  • Randall Williams, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
Winter Quarter Visiting Instructors

Sonia Ghattas-Soliman, Lecturer
Ph.D. in French Literature, UC Irvine; has taught French and Arabic languages and literatures at Cal-Tech, UC Irvine, Grossmont College, and UCSD; and has published numerous articles on French, Arab and North African literatures. LTWL 160--Women in Literature: Arab Women/North African Literature.

Samantha Goldstein, Associate in Literature
Ph.D. Candidate in Literatures in English, UCSD; completing her dissertation in American Literature of the early 20th century (humor in the Catskill community). LTCS 110--Popular Culture.

Grace Hong, Associate in Literature
Ph.D. Candidate in Literatures in English, UCSD; completing her dissertation in American Literature (the history of race, gender and property). LTEN 60--Topics in Ethnic American Literature.

Sunny Jung, Lecturer
Ed.D. , U.S. International University; has taught Korean language and literature at USC, UC Irvine, and UCSD. LTKO 1B--First-Year Korean: Fundamentals of Korean; and LTKO 2B--Intermediate Korean: Second Year.

Dennis Lynch, Visiting Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Rhetoric, UC Berkeley; Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Director of Writing Programs at Michigan Technological University; has published award-winning articles on rhetoric and composition. LTWR 125--Persuasion: Argument and Deliberation in Democratic Societies; and LTWR 278--Topics in Rhetoric: Rhetorics and Philosophies.

Anthony Navarrete, Lecturer
Ph.D. Candidate in Literatures in English, UCSD; completing his dissertation in American and Chicano/a Literature (representation of gay men). LTEN 178--Comparative Ethnic Literature.

Vanita Sharma, Associate in Literature
Ph.D. Candidate in Literatures in English, UCSD; completing her dissertation on the history of colonialism in India and the Caribbean (British abolitionist discourse/British colonial practices). LTEN 181--Asian American Literature: American Locations, Colonial Dislocations: South Asian Literature of the Americas.

John Solt, Lecturer
Ph.D. in Japanese Literature, Harvard University; Associate in Research, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University; has published works on Kitasono Katue, avant-garde poetry and art, and Edo-period literature. LTCS 170--Visual Culture: Traditional, Avant-Garde, and Popular Culture in 20th c. Japan; and LTEA 136--Special Topics in Japanese Literature: Seminal 20th c. Japanese Novels and Short Stories.

Jennifer Tuttle, Lecturer
Ph.D. in Literatures in English, UCSD; specializes in 19th c. U.S. Literature and Culture, Gender Studies, Literature and Medicine, and Composition; and has taught at USD and UCSD. LTEN 149--Themes in English and American Literature: The Slave Narrative.


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 (LTEN 297, 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:

  • José David Saldívar, "Looking Awry at 1898: Roosevelt, Marti, Montejo"

Wednesday, January 13, 4:30 p.m. deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

  • Amy Kaplan, "Birth of an Empire: War, Domesticity, and Early American Cinema"

Wednesday, January 20, 4:30 p.m. deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

HENRY ABELOVE, Professor of English, Wesleyan University, will be speaking Thursday, January 14, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., on "Queer Politics, Queer Poetry," in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Professor Abelove is the co-editor of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader.

ROBERT HILL, Department of History, UCLA, will speak on C.L.R. James and The Black Jacobins, Wednesday, January 27, 1:30 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. After his talk, Professor Hill will engage in discussion with graduate students in the seminar on Caribbean Literature and Cultural Politics (LT/CS 250). A reception will follow. All members of the UCSD community are welcome. Professor Hill's visit is sponsored by the Departments of Literature, Ethnic Studies, and Sociology, and the Program in Third World Studies.

SUSANA CHAVEZ SILVERMAN, Pomona College, will present a lecture on "Chicanas in Love: Sandra Cisneros and Alicia Gaspar de Alba," Wednesday, January 27, 4:00 p.m. at the Cross-Cultural Center. Professor Chavez Silverman is co-editor of Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad (1997).


"On Edge," Meeting of the California American Studies Association, April 30-May 2, 1999
The 1999 meeting of CASA will be held at UC Santa Cruz, "which lies on the edge of the continent and the edge of academic inquiry, an ideal site for an interdisciplinary conference with edges as its theme." The program committee seeks proposals on American culture, past and present, from graduate students, faculty and independent scholars. A 250 word-abstract and one-page vita should be mailed by February 1, 1999, to Renny Christopher, CASA Program Chair, English Dept, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock CA 95382;  (209) 667-3294.

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).

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

Research Grants
Academic Senate members who would like to apply for research support for the remainder of 1998-99 must submit a Research Grant Application to the Committee on Research, Academic Senate Office, 0002, by 2:00 p.m., January 18 , 1999. Applications received after this date will be returned. Grants generally do not exceed $7,000. 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, research or general 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 Nancy Ho-Wu, or electronically at http://www-senate.ucsd.edu

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 Nancy Ho-Wu for an application.

UCSD Center for the Humanities Call for Program Proposals for the 1999-2000 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 or 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. Applications should include a description of the project and a short list of recent publications. Maximum award: $5,000.

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. Maximum award: $4,000. (Students should see Quinny before January 11 regarding the application process.)

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. Conference Attendance: supports travel to a conference in which the faculty member is presenting his/her research. Submission of abstract and invitation required.

9. Humanities Research Institute (Irvine) Bridge Grants: provide support of 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. The deadline for submitting proposals for Resident Research Groups at HRI is December 15th of each year. A project submitted in 1999 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 their time of service; recipients of a Humanities Center Award are not eligible to apply for a period of three years. 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.

DEADLINE: Proposals should be submitted no later than Wednesday, January 27, 1999. Late proposals will not be considered. Please forward proposals to: UCSD Center for the Humanities 0406. Awards will be announced by the end of February.

HRI California Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships

The UC Humanities Research Institute invites applications from postdoctoral scholars for a 1999-2000 fellowship in California studies. Funded by the UC Office of the President, in cooperation with the California State Library and the UC Press, the 12-month residential fellowship provides a stipend of $29,000, a housing allowance, health insurance and a research and travel budget up to $3,000. Eligible applicants must not have received their Ph.D. before 1996 or must file by June 15, 1999. The application deadline is February 1, 1999. For additional information, contact UCHRI, uchri@uci.edu or (949) 824-8180.