March 1999 News

New Publications

Arthur J. Droge, "Conversion as a Native Category," Ancient and Modern Perspectives on the Bible and Culture, ed. A. Collins. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1998.

Awards and other Achievements

Sherley Anne Williams was the first featured speaker of the inaugural "Book Review and Lecture Forum" at the Malcolm X Performing Arts and Culture Center of the Valencia Branch of the San Diego Public Library. The free, monthly program promotes discussions, education and debate about books, current events and topical issues. Professor Williams' January 31 presentation, on Toni Morrison's Beloved, was titled "Ghosts of the Middle Passage."


Jennifer S. Burton, Visiting Scholar, Department of Literature; and DuBois Fellow, Harvard University
"The Street as the Geography of Hope: Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Monday, March 1, 4:30 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Ann duCille, Professor of American and African American Literature, UCSD, will discuss the wide ranging effects of Barbie dolls on notions of role models, female sexuality and ethnic stereotypes, Tuesday, March 2, 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., on UCSD-TV.

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, will present "On the Crossroads of the Worlds: Mexican-American Phenomenon in American Literature (View from Siberia)," Thursday, March 4, 12:00 noon, at the Cross Cultural Center. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Ethnic Studies Department.

Jane Smiley will read her fiction at Scripps Ranch Library, as part of the great American Writers Series, Tuesday, March 9, 8:00 and 10:00 p.m., on UCSD-TV.

Ancient Greek Aristocrats and Modern Mafiosi
This colloquium (by teleconference) is presented by the UC Tri-Campus Graduate Program in Classics (UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego) and will take place Wednesday, March 10, 3:15 p.m., in the Distance Learning Center of UCSD's Geisel Library, Room 1021A.

  • Introductory Remarks
    Thomas F. Scanlon, Professor of Classics and Chair, Department of Languages and Literature, UC Riverside; Tri-Campus Program Director
  • "Megara's Mafiosi. Timocracy and Violence in Theognis"
    Hans van Wees, Lecturer in History, University College London
  • Responses
    Anthony T. Edwards
    , Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, UC San Diego; Walter Donlan, Professor of Classics, Department of Classics, UC Irvine

This event was made possible by a grant from the UC Irvine Humanities Council, with additional support from the Department of Classics, UCI, the Department of Languages and Literature, UCR, and the Department of Literature, UCSD.

Regents' Lecturer Pratibha Parmar
Internationally acclaimed British-Indian film maker Pratibha Parmar will visit UCSD as a Regents' Lecturer April 5 through 9. Ms. Parmar's works include "Righteous Babes" (a documentary about popular culture, feminism and rock music), "Brimful of Asia" (a documentary about the explosion of second generation Asian talent in the U.K.), and "Warrior Marks" (in collaboration with Alice Walker). She has received awards from film groups as diverse as San Francisco's gay and lesbian distributor Frameline, the National Black Programming Consortium, and the Paris Lesbian Film Festival. Ms. Parmar will present a screening and lecture Thursday, April 8, 4:00 p.m., at the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space.

Literature Colloquium
"Comparative European Studies" with Susan Kirkpatrick, Todd Kontje, and Winifred Woodhull
Tuesday, April 13, 4:15 - 6:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

M. Jacqui Alexander will visit the Department of Literature Tuesday, April 20 through Friday, April 23, and is scheduled to give a presentation Wednesday, April 21, 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Professor Alexander is Director of Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut and coauthor, with Chandra Talpade Mohanty, of Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures (Routledge, 1997).

Dipesh Chakrabarty will visit the Department of Literature Monday, April 26 to Sunday, May 2. Professor Chakrabarty teaches in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. He is a founding member of the Subaltern Studies Group, and the author of Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal, 1890-1940 (Princeton UP, 1989), and the forthcoming Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference.

Fredric R. Jameson, Professor, The Literature Program, Duke University, and Visiting Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD, will present his annual public lecture, this year titled "Myths of Modernity," Wednesday, April 28, 4:30 p.m., at the Cross-Cultural Center. Professor Jameson is a literary critic of world renown. His work on critical theory, on European and American literature, and on film, architecture, and popular culture has had an enormous impact on the current shape of studies in the humanities and social sciences in the U.S. and abroad.

Jean Franco, Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture
Jean Franco, Professor Emerita of Spanish, Columbia University, will present the Department of Literature's annual Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture in the Deutz Conference Room, Copely International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Building Complex, Thursday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. The Elliott Memorial
Lecture series was established in the honor of Robert C. Elliott, a founding member of the Department of Literature who died in 1981. The Department of Literature is grateful to the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies for their assistance with the organization of this year's event.

Literature Colloquium "The Humanities at Century's Beginning"
with Robert Cancel, Michael Davidson, Anthony Edwards, Lisa Lowe, Don Wayne, and Kristi Wilson.
Tuesday, June 1, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building


Page Mothers: Women Poets, Their Presses, Their Poetics
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 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.

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference, San Diego Marriott and Marina Hotel, March 31-April 3, 1999 Chicano/a Experiences of the Viet Nam War
Readings by authors Norma Elia Cantu, Leroy Quintana, Gina Valdes, and Daniel Cano
Chair, Jorge Mariscal
Saturday, April 3, 10:30 a.m.
For conference information, call (419) 372-7861.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

UC Multicampus Research Groups in the Humanities
The UC Office of the President announces the availability of funds to support up to three new Multicampus Research Groups (MRGs) that promote and advance humanistic research and study and foster inquiry from multiple perspectives and disciplines. MRGs draw together faculty from different UC campuses to form a critical mass of scholars in a given field or subfield. Three MRGs are currently supported by the OP: the All UC Group in Economic History, the Dickens Project, and the Shakespeare Forum. Academic Senate faculty are eligible to apply, and at least four campuses must have significant faculty involvement. Awards will be up to $35,000 per year for a five-year period (from September 1, 1999 to June 30, 2004) with the possibility of renewal. Details and application procedures are available from Barbara Saxon. Proposals must be submitted to Dean Deak's office by no later than May 21, 1999

Graduate Program Annoucements

Fredric R. Jameson Spring Quarter 1999 Mini-Seminar
Professor Jameson's two-unit mini-seminar (LTTH 297) on "Allegory and Dialectics" is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, Tuesday, May 4, and Thursday, May 6, 12:45 - 3:35 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. A reading list and enrollment information are available in the Graduate Program Office.