May 1999 News

New Publications

Stephen Cope, "'Daybook One,' 'Daybook Two,' and 'Daybook Three,' from George Oppen's Working Papers," edited with an Introduction by Stephen Cope. The Germ, 4, Santa Cruz: The Poetic Research Bloc (May 1999).

Review of Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word and Sound States: Innovative Poetics and Acoustical Technologies. Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, 4, St. Paul (April 1999).

Lisa Lowe, "Memories of Colonial Modernity: Dogeaters," Amerasia Journal, 24.3 (1998): 161-167.

Pasquale Verdicchio, Translation of Antonio Porta's Metropolis. Los Angeles: Green Integer, 1999.
"Post-emigrant Culture: thoughts on race, ethnicity and the politics of disappearance," The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, 13.3, ed. M. G. Vassanji.
Four Poems in The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, 13.3.

Wai-lim Yip, "For the Very Vivid, Virgin, and Vivacious Lifeworld," ArTop, 2 (Spring Issue, April 1999), published by Tainan National College of Arts.

Awards and Other Achievements

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.

Gema R. Guevara has accepted a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 1999-2000 academic year. She will be in residence at UC Irvine. She has also accepted an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Languages and Literature of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, beginning in August 2000.

Chanta Haywood-Roberts (Ph.D., English and American Literature, 1995) has received a distinguished teaching award at Florida State University.

Kim Hester-Williams has been appointed Assistant Professor of English at Sonoma State University.

Jorge Mariscal is the recipient of the 1999 UCSD Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Service to the University. Professor Mariscal is a leading figure in university relations with local, regional, state and national Latino communities, and is extraordinarily active in community outreach programs involving under-represented youth. His service to the campus and to the greater San Diego community is of a kind that deserves special recognition at a time when issues of diversity and multiculturalism are in the forefront of discussion among educators, government officials and business leaders concerning the future of public education in California. Professor Mariscal will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the UCSD Alumni Association Awards for Excellence Gala on June 12.

Between March l9 and 27, 1999, Wai-lim Yip brought together several internationally known avant-garde happening and performance artists--Allan Kaprow, Helen and Newton Harrison (from the U.S.), Jean-Jacques Lebel (from France) and Shozo Shimamoto (from Japan) to organize happenings, activities, and performances as well as lectures at the National Tainan College of Arts in Taiwan. Professor Yip, himself, provided a whole day of activities under the title of "Living Poetry," which included returning to the original moments of poetry, meditating poetry, dancing poetry, body sculptures and paintings in response to poetry, spring float, spring thaw, spring thunder (with Kaprow), and spring poetry-lanterns as well as a cooking ritual (poetry by Yip; cooking by Kaprow). In addition, Professor Yip presented two lectures: "Natural Ecology and Cultural Ecology: Reflections on the Arts and Nature in the Post-Industrial Age," and "The Daoist Project and the American Avant-garde."

New Arrivals
The Department of Literature is pleased to welcome the arrivals of Daniel Grubbs-Donovan on March 6, Avalon Perdriel-Arons on April 18, and Jordan Roberts, born in February. Our best wishes to their mothers, Katherine Grubbs, Wendy Arons, and Chanta Haywood-Roberts.


Jean Franco, Professor Emerita of Spanish, Columbia University, will present the Department of Literature's annual Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture. Her presentation, "Latin American Culture and the Cold War," is scheduled in the Deutz Conference Room, Copely International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Building Complex, on Thursday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Franco is one of today's most eminent authorities on literature, culture, and politics in Latin American. She has written extensively on nationalism, post-nationalism, and gender issues as they relate to elite and subaltern cultural production in the region. She was a pioneer in the study of popular culture and mass media in the Americas, collaborating and serving as an editorial board member of Tabloid, one of the first journals in the U.S. devoted to exploring the ideological content of mass culture. Professor Franco has authored, among other books, The Modern Culture of Latin America (Penguin, 1967), César Vallejo: The Dialectics of Poetry and Silence (Cambridge UP, 1976), and Plotting Women: Gender and Representation in Mexico (Columbia UP, 1989), as well as countless articles. Her most recent book, on Latin American feminism, Marcar diferencias, cruzar fronteras, was published in Chile in 1996. She is currently writing a book on Latin American culture and the Cold War.

Educated in England, Professor Franco has taught at King's College, London University, and the University of Essex. In the United States, she was Professor of Latin American literature at Stanford University and Columbia University. She has also served as president of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

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.

MIROSLAVA CHAVEZ, 1998-99 UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, will talk about her research on 19th century California Mexican women in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 18, 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building.

STEPHEN COX will speak at the UCSD Bookstore on Wednesday, May 19, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., on the subject of his new book The Titanic Story.

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


  • Kit Robinson  -- May 5: The author of numerous books of poetry, including the recently published Democracy Boulevard (Roof Books, 1998), Kit Robinson has been called by Kevin Killian "one of the most accomplished poets working in America today." He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Charles Bernstein -- May 12: (A lecture and reading taking place at the Seuss Room, Geisel Library, at 4:30 p.m.) Author of over two dozen books of poetry and criticism, Charles Bernstein is the 1999 recipient of the Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize - awarded biennially to an American poet/scholar. Among his recent publications is My Way: Speeches and Poems (U. of Chicago, 1999).
  • Lewis Warsh -- May 19: Editor and publisher of United Artists Books, Lewis Warsh is the author of two novels, A Free Man and Agnes & Sally, a book of stories, Money Under the Table, and numerous books of poems, including Information from the Surface of Venus and Avenue of Escape.
  • In Memoriam ~ Armand Schwerner -- May 26: A celebration of the life and work of the poet and performance artist Armand Schwerner, with a filmed performance of Schwerner reading from his master-work The Tablets. Guest appearances by David Antin, Eleanor Antin, Jerome Rothenberg, Quincy Troupe, Mark Weiss, and others.

All readings, except for that by Charles Bernstein, are on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space.


University of California, San Diego, May 8, 1999
This one-day conference, presented by the Program in Classics and the Department of Literature at UCSD, will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building.

  • Diskin Clay (Duke University), "The Island Utopias of the Hellenistic Age: Euhemeros' Panchaia and Iamboulos' Islands of the Sun"
  • Leslie Edwards (UCSD), "Isocrates' Athens: from Utopia to Dystopia"
  • Debora Shugar (UCLA), "The Rebel Codpiece of the State: Plato's Laws and the Politics of Sexual Repression"
  • Giulia Sissa (Johns Hopkins), "Anesthetic Utopias"

The conference is free and open to the public. For further information, contact William Fitzgerald.

Graduate Program Annoucements

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