November 1998 News

New Publications

Stephen Cox, Review of Dr. Strangelove's America: Society and Culture in the Atomic Age, by Margot Henriksen. The Independent Review, 3 (Fall 1998): 289-294.

Judith Halberstam, Female Masculinity. Duke University Press, 1998.

Susan Kirkpatrick, "La tradición femenina de poesía romántica," in Breve historia feminista de la literatura española (en lengua castellana), Vol. V: La literatura escrita por mujer (Del s. XIX a la actualidad), ed. Iris Zavala. Barcelona: Editorial Anthropos.

Jennifer Tuttle "Rewriting the West Cure: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Owen Wister, and The Sexual Politics of Neurasthenia," in The Mixed Legacy of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, eds. Catherine Golden and Joanna Zangrando. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1999.
"S. Weir Mitchell, Medicine Man: Race, Gener, and Medical Authority in Mitchell's West Cure," Research Report in Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 (1997-98).


Eric Cazdyn has been appointed Assistant Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon.

At the June 1998 ALA meeting, Jennifer Tuttle was elected editor of The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Newsletter, published by the Gilman Society.

Christine Norris -- Celebration of Life

Celebration of Life, Dr. Christine Norris, Sunday, November 22, 1998, 1:00 p.m., Stonehenge (La Jolla Project)
The Revelle Humanities Program invites the campus community to a celebration of the life of Dr. Christine Norris, Lecturer in the Revelle Humanities Program, who passed away on September 24, 1998. The celebration will include memories from campus colleagues, Humanities faculty members, and former students, and, as a celebration, will include refreshments and music.

A Revelle Humanities Scholarship has been established in Dr. Norris' name. If you wish to contribute, please make checks payable to "UC San Diego Foundation in Memory of Christine Norris," and mail or deliver to the Humanities Office, UCSD, Revelle Commons, T100, Room 101, 9500 Gilman Dr 0306, La Jolla CA 92093-0306.

The Humanities Program is also soliciting contributions of memories of Christine Norris, in order to preserve the many ways she touched the lives of people on the UCSD campus. The collected remembrances will be given to Dr. Norris' family. Should you wish to record your own memories, please send them to the above address and specify if you prefer to remain anonymous.

For additional information, see the Humanities Program website,

  • SATURDAY WORKSHOPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS, November 7, 1998 Literature Building

    • COFFEE AND WELCOME, 9:30-10:00 a.m. (Room 155)

    • WORKSHOPS, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
      Robert Cancel, "Teaching African Literature" (Room 155)
      Anthony Edwards, "Classical Rhetoric and Composition" (Room 3355)
      Louis A. Montrose, "Recent Trends in the Teaching of Shakespeare" (Room 3437)
      Linda Brodkey, "Recent Trends in Composition" (Room 3455)
    • LUNCH, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    • PLENARY SESSION, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Room 155)
      "Preparing High School Students for University Humanities Courses"
      Facilitator: Don E. Wayne

    A free event, but registration is required. Please call (619) 534-4618 for additional information.

  • ALFRED ARTEAGA, Ethnic Studies Program, UC Berkeley, will give a lecture titled "House With Blue Bed: Theory Through Poetry," Thursday, November 5, 4:00 p.m. , in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. A scholar as well as a poet, Alfred Arteaga has published three books of poetry and an acclaimed book of criticism, and he is also the editor of An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands. His House With a Blue Bed--a book of personal and poetic essays--was published by Mercury House in 1997.
  • IRA LIVINGSTON, Professor, Department of English, SUNY Stony Brook, will speak on "The Return to the Great Chain Of Being," Monday, November 9, 4:00 p.m., 3005 Humanities and Social Sciences Building. His visit is co-sponsored by Science Studies and the Department of Literature.

  • "COURTESANS OF BOMBAY: a Film Presentation and Discussion," at the Women's Center, Tuesday, November 10, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. The 1983 film (73 minutes), directed by Merchant and Ivory, is a mix of documentary and fiction that explores the lives of Indian women who support themselves through performing and prostitution. Anu Taranath will facilitate the discussion.

  • The Spruce St. Forum presents AZTLAN AND VIET NAM: CHICANO AND CHICANA EXPERIENCES OF THE WAR, a reading by Gina Valdes and Jorge Mariscal, Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 p.m., at the Spruce St. Forum, 301 Spruce St., in Hillcrest (619-295-0301). The documentary "March in the Rain," on the February 28, 1970, Chicano anti-war moratorium demonstration in Los Angeles, will also be shown. $5 general admission ($3 students). Part of the proceeds will go to Project YANO (Youth and Non-military Opportunities).

  • TERESA EBERT, Associate Professor of English, SUNY Albany, will lecture on "Left Politics after the Post: Concrete Pleasures, Local Bodies and Dialectics," at 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 16, in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Professor Ebert is the author of Ludic Feminism and After: Critical Perspectives on Women and Gender (University of Michigan Press, 1996).

    All readings take place on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Performance Space. They are free and open to the public.

    • Alfred Arteaga:  November 4
    • Graduate Student Reading:  November 11
    • John Yau:  November 18

    The New Writing Series is sponsored by the University Events Office, the Department of Literature, the Archive for New Poetry, and the Division of Arts and Humanities.

    The Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Los Angeles, the Italian Community Center of San Diego, and UCSD are pleased to present The Silent Duchess: an evening in the company of Italian author Dacia Mariani, Sunday, November 22, Porter Troupe Gallery, 301 Spruce St. in Hillcrest (619-291-9096). One of the most critically acclaimed women writers of contemporary Italy, Dacia Maraini is an extremely prolific author (she has published more than fifty books) and an eclectic intellectual. Born in Florence, raised in Japan and Sicily, she currently lives in Rome. She has written for newspapers and magazines, edited a literary journal, founded a women's theater company, and directed films and plays. The Silent Duchess is the 1990 winner of the prestigious Premio Campiello and the Book of the Year award.

    • 4:30 p.m. Book presentation (in English): The Silent Duchess (original title: La Lunga vita di Marianna Ucria), published by The Feminist Press
    • 5:30 p.m. Book signing (refreshments will follow)
    • 6:30 p.m. Screening of the film Marianna Ucria (in Italian with English subtitles), directed by Roberto Faenza (1996)

    Admission is free. For directions or additional information, please call the ICC at (619) 237-0601.


Coolbrith/Poet Laureate Poetry Competitions
The Department of Literature is accepting submissions for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and the Poet Laureate Awards. The Coolbrith competition was established by friends of the late Ina Coolbrith, former Poet Laureate of California. $400 is available annually for prizes, to be apportioned by the judges. Awards are made for the best unpublished poem or group of poems by an undergraduate student at the UC campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, the University of Santa Clara, or St. Mary's College. The Poet Laureate competition was established by the Ina Coolbrith Circle. Four prizes ($100; $75; $50; $25) are awarded for the best poetry submissions from graduate or undergraduate students at any of the UC campuses.

Manuscripts must be typewritten or clearly printed. A duplicate should be kept, as manuscripts cannot be returned. A cover sheet should be attached with the following information: name, local address, telephone number, email address, permanent address, social security number, U.S. citizen (yes or no), major, student status (graduate or undergraduate), title of entry, and name of contest (Coolbrith or Poet Laureate). Students may enter both contests, but not with the same poems.

A faculty judge from the Department of Literature will select three finalists for each contest from the UCSD submissions. These entries will be forwarded, via the Committee on Prizes at UC Berkeley, to a panel of judges who will select the winners. UCSD entries must be submitted to the Undergraduate Office, Room 110 Literature Building, by no later than Wednesday, December 16, 1998.


American Studies and the Question of Empire: Histories, Cultures and Practices
The annual meeting of the American Studies Association will take place November 19-22, 1998, at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel and Towers. The conference presentations address national identity, citizenship and sexuality, and empire and history. A listing of sessions is available at

1998 Modern Language Association Convention
Scheduled this year in San Francisco, the convention will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, and end at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30. It will take place at the San Francisco Hilton and Towers (English Sessions, Exhibits and Childcare); the Fairmont (Foreign Language Sessions); and the Westin St. Francis (Job Information Center). All MLA members and others involved in the study or teaching of language and literature must register in order to attend or participate in meetings, visit the exhibit hall, take part in the job service, or reserve hotel rooms at special MLA rates. Preregistration fees and housing requests must be received by December 4. Please note that hotels are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and that late housing requests will not be processed. For further information see Barbara Saxon or Quinny.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

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 (Senate members) invited to UCSD from other UC campuses for the purpose of research consultation 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.

New Berlin fellowships available from the UC Education Abroad Program
The EAP and the UC Center for German and European Studies have inaugurated six systemwide fellowships for pre-doctoral study in Berlin beginning in 1999-2000. Fellowships cover round-trip airfare, private rooms at the International Student Centre in Charlottenburg, and a stipend of DM 1500/month (approximately $900/month). The grants are open to social science and humanities proposals with social content. ("Purely literary" proposals have been discouraged, whereas proposals dealing with "women's studies or social issues in film, art, and literature" are encouraged.) Two years of college-level German or equivalent are required. Applications are available at the UCSD EAP Office at the International Center; the deadline is November 30, 1998.

UC Humanities Research Institute Call for Fellowships Applications for 1999-2000 Resident Research Groups
HRI invites applications from UC faculty, postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students for residential fellowships to participate in one of the following research groups that will convene during 1999-2000: "Feminist Crossings: Using Difference," Fall 1999, Convener, Marguerite Waller, Women's Studies, UC Riverside; "Muslim Identities in North America," Fall 1999, Convener, Karen Leonard, Anthropology, UC Irvine; "Islamic Modernities in an Era of Globalization: Discourses, Movements, and Diasporas," Winter 2000, Convener, Paul Lubeck, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz; "Rain Forests, Singular and Plural," Winter-Spring 2000, Convener, Candace Slater, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley; and "Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex," Spring 2000, Convener, Angela Davis, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz . The deadline for faculty applications is December 15, 1998; for graduate student applications, the deadline is February 1, 1999 (graduate student applicants must be advanced to candidacy by the time of application). Postdoctoral scholars (Ph.D. from the UC within the past two years or by June 15, 1999) must also apply by February 1, 1999. For further information contact the Fellowship Committee, University of California HRI, 307 Administration Bldg, Irvine CA 92697-3350; (949) 824-8177; or

1999-2000 Winterthur Fellowships
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, located near Wilmington, Delaware, offers opportunities for scholars to conduct advanced interdisciplinary study of U.S. artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history. Three types of fellowships are available to support research in the library and museum collections. National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships (four to twelve months' duration and up to $30,000) are available to scholars pursuing advanced research. Winterthur Research Fellowships (one to six months @ $1,500/month) are available to academic and independent scholars and to support dissertation research. Lois McNeil Dissertation Fellowships (one or two semesters @ $6,500/semester) are available to doctoral candidates. Additional information is available from the Research Fellowship Program Advanced Studies Office, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur DE 19735; (302) 888-4649; . Applications must be received by January 15, 1999.

1999-2000 Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships
This fellowship program supports scholars and writers engaged in research on global social and cultural issues relating to diversity, sustainability and civil society. For 1999-2000, individuals can apply for resident fellowships at 28 host institutions, including, among others: Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York (Citizenship and Sexualities: Transcultural Constructions); American Studies Program, New York University (The Privatization of Culture Project); Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library; Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Department of Ethnic Studies, UCSD; and the University of Washington (Project for Critical Asian Studies). The fellowships are meant to serve scholars who are testing disciplinary boundaries or moving into newer fields of inquiry. Awards may not be used for the completion of graduate studies. Complete information about eligibility, stipends and application procedures is available directly from the host institutions. See Lucinda Rubio-Barrick for the full list of institutions and application deadlines.

Institutional applications are also encouraged, especially ones which address the social construction of race, gender, ethnicity and religion; the consequences of diasporas, migration and new forms of citizenship; or the resilience of social systems and how cultures regenerate themselves. A brief letter describing the focus of the proposal must be submitted by December 1, 1998, and completed proposals by February 1, 1999. For more information on institutional applications, contact Humanities Fellowships, Arts and Humanities Division, The Rockefeller Foundation, 420 Fifth Ave, New York NY 10018-2702.

Benefits/Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment notices, which explain the 1999 benefit plan changes, were mailed at the end of October to employees' home addresses. Open Enrollment will be from November 2 through November 23, 1998, and actions taken during Open Enrollment are generally effective January 1, 1999. A "Benefits Information Day" is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m in the Price Center ballroom. Representatives from health, welfare, and financial benefits programs will be available to answer questions. Extensive information about UC benefits is available via bencom.fone (1-800-888-8267) or at http//

Updating Alumni Records
The UCSD Office of the Vice Chancellor-External Relations has launched a renewed effort to locate "lost" alumni. Three new mechanisms are available to alumni, faculty and staff for updating university alumni records with address, employment information, etc.: a toll-free telephone number (888-827-3785); an email address ; and an on-line web form