June 1999 News

New Publications

Alain J.-J. Cohen, "The Passion for Gossip and the Power of Convention. Tarantino and Flaubert," Versus. Quaderni di Studi Semiotici (U. Eco, Director) Gossip and Rumors (eds. P. Fabbri and I. Pezzini), 79 (1998): 79-94.

Michael Davidson, "Phantasmagorias of Modern Writing," The Recovery of the Public World: Essays on Poetics in Honour of Robin Blaser, eds. Charles Watts and Edward Byrne. Burnaby, British Columbia: Talonbooks, 1999.
"Strange Blood: Hemophobia and the Unexplored Boundaries of Queer Nation," Beyond the Binary: Reconstructing Cultural Identity in a Multicultural Context, ed. Timothy Powell. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999.

Todd Kontje, "Passing for German: Politics and Patriarchy in Kleist, Körner, and Fischer," German Studies Review, 32 (1999): 67-84.

Mark Slouka, review of W.D. Wetherell, One River More, and Bill Barich, Crazy for Rivers, San Francisco Chronicle (forthcoming).

Wai-lim Yip, "Thank You, Paul," A Community of Writers: Paul Engle and the Iowa Writer's Workshop, ed. Robert Dana. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, l999.
"In and Out of Check Points," Outsiders: Poems About Rebels, Exiles, and Renegades, ed. Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Milkweed Editions, l999.

Awards and Other Achievements

Demian Pritchard has been awarded a 1999-2000 CILAS Field Research Fellowship in support of her doctoral research on contemporary U.S.-Mexico border literatures.

Jill Holslin was awarded a one-year dissertation fellowship plus travel and research funding from the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation for the 1999-2000 academic year. During the year, she will participate in the IGCC Working Group on Global, National, and Ethnic Citizenship Rights and the Transformation of Political Space, directed by UCSD Sociology Professor Gershon Shafir. In addition to this fellowship, she was selected as an alternate for the 1999-2000 American Fellowships Program of the American Association of University Women, and she was awarded a one-quarter dissertation fellowship from the Literature Department.

Mark Slouka's Lost Lake has been selected as New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 1998; and his "Hitler's Couch" (Harper's Magazine) has been selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays of 1998, ed. Richard Atawan.

Wendy Walters has been appointed Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of American Multicultural and African-American Literature at Emerson College, Boston, beginning Fall 1999.

Kristi M. Wilson's essay, "Nietzsche, Euripides, Philosophy and Philology in the Age of Graecomania," has been awarded the Horst Frenz Prize for the best paper by a graduate student delivered at the 1999 American Comparative Literature Association Conference.

Exams and Defenses
The following graduate students successfully completed qualifying examinations, comprehensive examinations or defenses to date during Spring Quarter 1999:

  • Holly Bauer, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Karishma Jagtiani, M.A. Thesis: "A New and Different Indian Woman: Realism versus Myth and Male-Female Interaction in Anita Desai's Novels"
  • Yi-Li Kao, M.A. Thesis: "The Aesthetics of Energy: The Chinese Concept of Ch'i and the Western Arts"
  • Melisa Klimaszewski, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Rosemary Malcolm, M.A. Thesis: "Nationhood in Lady Morgan's The Wild Irish Girl"
  • Laura Ruberto, Ph.D. Defense; Dissertation: "Producing Culture: Representations of Italian and Italian American Women at Work"

Additional names will follow in the October 1999 Newsletter.

On behalf of the Literature Department, I wish the best to our colleague Ann duCille, as she returns to Wesleyan University. I want to thank her for out-standing service to the department and to the larger university community, and for the scholarly example she has provided to faculty and students. Her collegiality and friendship have been crucial mainstays for all of us.

When Ann duCille joined the department in January 1996, she was already a distinguished senior scholar of American and African American literature and cultural studies, and the author of The Coupling Convention: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women's Fiction (Oxford University Press, 1993) and many influential essays that have defined the field of African American letters. During her time here, her book of essays on race and gender in American culture, Skin Trade (Harvard University Press, 1996), was published. Ann was the principal organizer of the "Black Women Writers and the 'High Art' of Afro-American Letters" Conference, which took place May 15-17, 1998, marking the twelfth anniversary of the publication of Sherley Anne Williams' critically acclaimed historical novel Dessa Rose (1986).

Although Ann will no longer hold an official appointment in the department, we hope to maintain our ties to her as both friend and colleague.

Lisa Lowe, Chair

Mark Slouka, who has worked as a lecturer in the Eleanor Roosevelt College Writing Program for the past nine years, has accepted an assistant professorship in the Graduate Writing Division at Columbia University. He has been an immensely popular teacher in ERC's core course, Making of the Modern World, having received the College's Outstanding Teaching Award in 1994. During his years at UCSD, Mark also published a number of essays and short fiction in such venues as Harper's, Esquire, GQ, Epoch, Story, and Georgia Review. In 1995, he published a book entitled War of the Worlds: Cyberspace and the High-Tech Assault of Reality (Basic Books). A reviewer for the New York Times Book Review characterized the fictions collected in his most recent book, Lost Lake (Knopf, 1998), as "beautiful and mysterious," "darkly vivid, [and] inexplicably captivating."

We wish Mark and his family all the best success in their new home and jobs.

Nicole Tonkovich
former Director, ERC Writing Program


with Robert Cancel, Michael Davidson, Anthony Edwards, Lisa Lowe, and Kristi Wilson
Tuesday, June 1, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Ph.D., English and American Literature, UCSD, 1975; Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Thursday, June 10, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Reinhard Lettau Room, 3138 Literature Building

Carol Becker has been selected by the UCSD Alumni Association as the 1999 Distinguished Alumna of the year. Professor Becker received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from UCSD in 1975. Since that time, she has had a very distinguished career in writing, teaching and administration, and she is currently Dean of Faculty and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the years, she has taken her academic training in the humanities into a new environment, the art world, where she has used that training coupled with her own imaginative powers to design curriculum and to oversee a school governed by her vision of the artist's place in society. She has been an important exponent, nationally and internationally, of the view that artists have a critical role to play in democratic societies. And she has also served the world's art communities as a voice for the empowerment of artists in society. Dr. Becker will receive her award at the annual Awards for Excellence Gala on Saturday, June 12, at the UCSD Price Center Pavilion and Ballroom.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

UC President's 2000-2001 Research Fellowships in the Humanities
The fellowships, awarded in an annual competition modeled on that of the NEH, provide salary support to approximately 16 UC faculty per year who are conducting research in the Humanities. Active ladder-rank faculty are eligible to apply, and Assistant Professors will be given special consideration. The maximum award is $25,000, but combined funding from all sources may not exceed the fellow's regular salary. The fellowship must be used in the academic year following the year the fellowship is awarded. All applicants, except junior faculty, must also apply to appropriate extramural agencies that offer funding for their research fields; junior faculty are encouraged, but not required, to do so. Applications are available from Greg Llacer at OGSR (534-3556) and must be post- marked by October 8, 1999. Additional information is available at http://www.ucop.edu/research/prfh/

University of California Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Call for Program Proposals

2000-2001 Conference Proposals. HRI's Advisory Committee will award conference grants for the 2000-2001 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 received by October 15, 1999.

2000-2001 Seminar Proposals. The seminar program supports events smaller in scale, 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 received by October 15, 1999.

2001-2002 Research Group Proposals. HRI is currently inviting proposals for research groups to be in residence in Irvine during 2001-2002. Research groups bring together scholars to work in collaboration on interdisciplinary topics of special significance. Proposals must be received by December 15, 1999. HRI will host a research group proposal development workshop on October 22, 1999, that all interested UC faculty are eligible to attend. Space limitations restrict the workshop to the first 25 faculty to fax (949-824-2115) their reservation.

For further information contact (949) 824-8177, uchri@uci.edu. Proposers are encouraged to discuss their ideas both with the HRI Director and with their campus representatives on the Advisory Committee.

Graduate Program Announcements


The 1999 Graduate Studies Commencement will be held on Sunday, June 13, 12:00 noon, in the Price Center Ballroom.