October 1998 News

Greeting from the Chair

I would like to welcome Literature colleagues, students, and staff as we begin the academic year 1998-99. For those of us in the Humanities, this is a time of great challenge and unique opportunity. I look forward to working together as we continue to consolidate the meanings of international comparative literature study at a new century’s beginning.

Lisa Lowe

New Publications

Rae Armantrout
True (book). Berkeley: Atelos Press, 1998
Poems in Poems for the Millennium, Volume 2 (anthology). Berkeley: UC Press, 1998.
Poems in Moving Borders (anthology). New Jersey: Talisman Press, 1998.
Poems in recent (1998) issues of the journals Conjunctions, Fence, New American Writing, Talisman, and Poetry Daily.

Alain J.-J. Cohen and J. Menier, Russell Forester. Forty Years of Art, a 58-minute film documentary broadcast several times on UCSD-TV, beginning July 31, 1998.

Michael Davidson
"From Margin to Mainstream: Postwar Poetry and the Politics of Containment," American Literary History, 10.2 (Summer 1998): 266-290.
Seven Poems, Poetics Journal, 10 (June 1998): 55-62.

Cristina Farronato
"Holbein's Dead Christ and the Horror of the Broken Narrative," Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis, 3.1 (Spring 1998): 121-140.

Richard Elliott Friedman
The Hidden Book in the Bible. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1998. Also to be included in Book-of-the-Month Club; History Book Club; Quality Paperbacks Book Club.
Who Wrote the Bible?, second edition, has been published in French hardbound and paperback editions (Paris: Editions Exergue, 1998).
The Disappearance of God has been published in a Japanese edition (Japan: Shoeisha, 1998) and has been accepted for publication in a Hebrew edition (Tel Aviv: Zmora Bitan).

Marcel Hénaff, "The Naked Terror," Substance, 27.2 (Fall 1998): 5-33. Special issue, "Reading Violence," eds. D. Bell and L. Schehr.

Todd Kontje, Women, the Novel, and the German Nation 1771-1871: Domestic Fiction in the Fatherland. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Lisa Lowe, "The Power of Culture," Journal of Asian American Studies, 1.1 (February 1998): 5-29.

Masao Miyoshi, The Cultures of Globalization, co-edited with Fredric Jameson. Duke University Press, 1998. Also contains two articles by Professor Miyoshi.

Laura E. Ruberto
Book review, "Giuseppe De Santis and Postwar Italian Cinema: by Antonio Vitti," Film Criticism, 22.3 (Spring 1998).
"La contadina si ribella: Gendered Resistance in L'Agnese va a morire," Romance Languages Annual, 9 (1997).

Mark Slouka
"The Angels Come to Panorama Heights" (fiction), Esquire Magazine, forthcoming.
"The Sounds of Silence: A Brief Anatomy of Absence," Harper's Magazine, forthcoming.
"The Rodmaker's Art," G.Q., forthcoming.
War of the Worlds, Indonesian Edition (Mizan Publications), Chinese Edition (Yuan-Liou Publishing, Beijing), Czech Edition (Prostor Press, Prague), all forthcoming.

Wai-lim Yip
"Glacier Bay Meditation" (long Chinese poem), Epoch Poetry Quarterly, 114, Taipei, Taiwan (Spring 1998).
"Poems for City-dwellers in Cherry-blossom Season," China Times Literary Page, May 12, 1998 (Taipei, Taiwan).
"Daoist Aesthetics," in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. Michael Kelly. Oxford University Press, 1998.


Christine Norris

I am deeply saddened to report that Christine Norris passed away on September 24, 1998, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. On behalf of the department, I wish to express our sincere sympathy to her husband Eliot Wirshbo and their daughter Natalie.

Dr. Christine Norris was Assistant Director of the Revelle College Humanities Program. She influenced greatly and permanently the shape of education at Revelle College. Dr. Norris received her Ph.D. from the Department of Literature at UCSD in 1982. As a Lecturer in Revelle Humanities since 1982, Dr. Norris affected her students profoundly through both her accomplished command of the western Humanities tradition and the inspiration of her person. Her energy, rigor, and excellence will always be remembered.

My deepest sympathy to the colleagues, friends, and loved ones of Christine Norris.

Lisa Lowe, Chair



Rae Armantrout was recently the subject of an essay in The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 193: Poets After WWII.

Rosemary George, Max Parra and Lisa Yoneyama have been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and Todd Kontje to Full Professor--all effective July 1, 1998.

Fanny Howe has received a Chancellor's Associates Faculty Grant in support of her proposal for a two-day conference during Winter Quarter 1999 on "Women and Poetry at the End of the 20th Century."

Christine Norris was awarded the 1998 Revelle College Outstanding Teaching Award in the Humanities.

Demian Pritchard has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Texas, Arlington, for the Fall Semester 1998. She is teaching a graduate course in Chicana/o Literatures.

Mark Slouka's short story "Feather and Bone" (Harper's Magazine, October 1997) was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.

Shelley Streeby has been awarded a 1998 Hellman Faculty Fellowship to support her research project, "The (Re)Production of the Native: Empire, Amnesia, and the U.S.-Mexican War."

Wai-lim Yip was invited in May 1998 by Beijing University to deliver the inaugural lecture, "Taoist Aesthetics and the Postmodern," for a newly established lecture series in celebration of the university's 100th anniversary. Professor Yip's book of poems for children, Mother Tree, won the Best Reading for Children Award among all books published for children in 1997. The award was issued by the joint committee of Min-sheng News, Kuo-yu Daily News, and The Young Lion Youth Monthly under the charge of the Cultural Branch of the Executive Yuan, Taiwan. Professor Yip's translation of a Zi Ye poem (from his Chinese Poetry: an Anthology of Major Modes and Genres) was featured as the main motif on a poster for the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Waterloo, New Jersey, September 24-27, 1998; and he was invited to read his poetry and Zi Ye translations at the festival.

Exams and Defenses

The following graduate students successfully completed qualifying examinations, comprehensive examinations or defenses:

During Spring 1998

  • Julie Barry, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
  • Octavia Davis, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
  • Patrick Durkee, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
  • Jaquelin Dutson, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Melanie Jennings, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Paula Powers, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
  • Ona Russell, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
  • Ami Silber, M.A. Thesis Defense
  • Roberto Strongman, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination

During Summer 1998

  • Eric Cazdyn, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
  • Abelardo Hernando, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
  • Sandra Logan, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Ruben Murillo, M.A. Thesis Defense

1998 Stewart Prize
The winner of the 1998 Stewart Prize is Julian Kudritzki, selected for a prose piece titled "There's No Sickness in Lakebrook." Julian graduated in June 1998 with a B.A. in Literature/Writing. This annual student competition is sponsored by the Department of Literature for the UCSD Spring Celebration of the Arts.

1998 Burckhardt Prize
Michelle Kessler, a Literature/Writing major who graduated Spring 1998, and Richard Scott, a Literature/English major, were selected to receive the Literature Department's 1998 Burckhardt Prize. The award was in recognition of their respective Honors theses, "Protecting the Waters: Pollution, Environmentalism, and Power in the San Diego Bay," and "Specularity, Commodities, and Agency in Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie," and their overall outstanding participation in the Honors Program. The Burckhardt Prize is awarded at commencement each year in memory of Sigurd Burckhardt, a renowned and founding member of the department who died in 1966.

1998 Dr. Milton H. Saier, Sr. Memorial Awards
The department is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual Saier Awards in Fiction and Poetry. Summer Andrecht McStravick, an English/Writing major who graduated in June, received the fiction award for an excerpt from her book-length fictional memoir Ally Peche, which "details the odd childhood of a girl...growing up in the back country of San Diego in the late 1970s." Richard Scott received the poetry award for "Poem," which "makes use of a familiar resurrection figure, Lazarus, as a means for calling into attention the making of new poetry." Dr. Milton H. Saier, Sr. was a physician in Northern California who had interests in research, literature, music, theater and education in general. His family supports the mission of the university through numerous contributions.

Faculty Departmental Administrative Appointments
Chair Lisa Lowe
Vice Chair Michael Davidson
Director of Graduate Studies Todd Kontje
Director of Undergraduate Studies Anthony Edwards
Section Heads
Comparative Literature  William Fitzgerald
Cultural Studies  appointment pending
Literatures in English Louis Montrose
Literatures in French Oumelbanine Zhiri
Literatures in German William O'Brien
Literatures in Spanish Max Parra
Literatures of World Stephanie Jed (F), Cynthia Walk (W, S)
Writing Sherley Anne Williams
Program Advisors
Classics William Fitzgerald (F), Page duBois (W, S)
Hebrew Richard Friedman
Italian Stephanie Jed
Russian Steven Cassedy
Fall Quarter Visitors/Lecturers

Sophie Halvin, Agrégation (France)--LTFR 2C, Com-position, Conversation, Culture.

Sunny Jung, Ed.D., U.S. International University: Korean language and literature--LTKO 1A, First-Year Korean; LTKO 2A, Intermediate Korean.

Mark C. Konecny, Ph.D., University of Southern California: poetry and culture of early 20th Century Russia--LTRU 110C, Survey of Russian and Soviet Literature in Translation: 1917-Present; cross-listed with LTEU 150C.

Patrick J. Ledden, Provost, Muir College--LTEN 190, Seminar on James Joyce: Ulysses.

Monika Treut, Ph.D., Marburg (Germany); film maker of international acclaim (Seduction: The Cruel Woman; Virgin Machine)--LTWR 110, Screen Writing.

Postdoctoral Fellows/Visiting Scholars

Sara Blasina, Visiting Scholar from Sassari (Italy), October 1998 through May 1999, under the sponsorship of Michael Davidson (appointment pending).

Jennifer S. Burton, Visiting Scholar through February 1999, under the sponsorship of Christine Norris. Dr. Burton was a 1997-98 DuBois Fellow at Harvard University, and she received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard in 1997.

Gayatri Gopinath, 1998-99 UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow under the sponsorship of Lisa Lowe. Dr. Gopinath received a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in June 1998. Her dissertation, "Queer Diasporas: Gender, Sexuality and Migration in Contemporary South Asian Literature and Cultural Production," examined the literary, performance, and cultural practices of South Asians in Canada, Britain, the U.S., the Caribbean and South Asia. Her current research focuses on sexuality, culture, and migration in relation to the uneven processes of globalization.

Michele Habell-Pallan's UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship has been renewed for the 1998-99 academic year, under the mentorship of Lisa Lowe. Dr. Habell-Pallan will continue her research on 20th-century Chicana/o cultural politics within the international contexts of its production and reception.

Hiromi Ito, Visiting Scholar through November 1998, under the sponsorship of Jerome Rothenberg. Ms. Ito, a well known Japanese poet, essayist and journalist, is conducting research on contemporary U.S. poetry and translating into Japanese innovative U.S. poetry dating from the end of the Second World War to the present.

Kyubong Kahng-Jeon, Postdoctoral Scholar through August 1999, under the sponsorship of Anthony Edwards. Dr. Kahng-Jeon received her Ph.D. from Yonsei University in 1996, where her research focused on the question of romanticism and Jane Austen.

Ana S. Moya, Visiting Scholar through June 2000, under the sponsorship of Rosaura Sánchez. Dr. Moya, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Barcelona, is conducting research on colonial and post-colonial fiction in English.

Sae-a Oh, Visiting Scholar through February 1999, under the sponsorship of Rosaura Sánchez. Ms. Oh, a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Chongju University, is conducting research on English literature and theater.

Tatyana Voronchenko, Visiting Fulbright Scholar through February 1999, under the sponsorship of Rosaura Sánchez. Dr. Voronchenko is Professor and Chair of the Russian and World Literature Department at Zabaikalsky (Trans-Baikal Siberia) State Pedagogical University. Her research project, "Facing Multicultural Phenomenon: Establishing Bridges," includes the study of minority cultural situations in the U.S. today, with a focus on Mexican Americans.

New Administrative Staff

Nancy Ho-Wu, the department's new Financial Manager, is in charge of departmental accounting activities, including those involving honoraria, travel, purchasing, payroll, research and travel grants, and miscellaneous reimbursements. She brings with her an extensive background in accounting, including three years as a Budget Assistant in the UCSD Department of Pharmacology, experience as a Senior Accounting Assistant at Wells Fargo Bank, and a B.S. in Accounting from SDSU.

Teresa Cain, who is just now joining the Undergraduate Office staff to assist the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, advises students about major and minor requirements and forms processing, schedules classes, collects grade reports, and administers course evaluations. She has a B.A. in Literatures in English from UCSD, where she was an Honors Program participant (1993-94), and she most recently worked in the UCSD Registrar's Office in the scheduling area.


JESSICA HAGEDORN'S DOGEATERS: World Premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse
Dogeaters, by celebrated Filipina writer Jessica Hagedorn, is playing through October 11 at the La Jolla Playhouse. Directed by Michael Greif, this theatrical adaptation of her 1990 epic novel about the Philippines features a widely disparate group of characters, including revolutionaries, movie stars and drag queens. UCSD faculty and staff may purchase tickets at a 10% discount except for Friday and Saturday evening performances. Those 25 years or younger may purchase $10 tickets (cash only) at the playhouse box office beginning each Monday for that week's performances. For additional information call 550-1010. Jessica Hagedorn visited UCSD as a Regents' Lecturer in January 1998.

Advice on how to write a job letter and construct a curriculum vitae With Professors Milos Kokotovic and Nicole Tonkovich For all graduate students thinking about going on the market this fall Tuesday, October 6, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. A second job market workshop, focusing on the interview, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., with Professors Winnie Woodhull and Kathryn Shevelow.

A series of four colloquia are scheduled for the year: one each in Fall and Winter Quarters and two in Spring. Tuesday, October 13, 4:00 p.m., Poetry and the Public Sphere, deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

  • Winter Quarter--Nationalism and Literature
  • Spring Quarter-- Comparative European Studies
  • Spring Quarter--The Humanities at Century's Beginning; or the New University

As a follow-up to the highly successful Saturday Workshop for High School Teachers held last Spring, I am organizing another event for Saturday, November 7. We plan to have a morning session with three faculty-led workshops, an afternoon session with three workshops, and a concluding session on "How to prepare students for humanities courses at UCSD" (to be chaired by Don Wayne) which may be attended by all participants.

Each workshop is scheduled for one and a half hours and consists of an informal description of the research area, pedagogical strategies, recent bibliography, and questions from the teachers. Lunch will be provided. If you are a ladder-rank UCSD Literature faculty member and interested in participating in this important outreach effort, please contact me by e-mail.

Jorge Mariscal

IRA LIVINGSTON, Professor, Department of English, SUNY Stony Brook, will speak on "Queer Science," Monday, November 9 (place and time TBA). His visit is co-sponsored by Science Studies and the Department of Literature.

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).


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.

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

Research Grants
Academic Senate members who would like to apply for research support for 1998-99 must submit a Research Grant Application to the Committee on Research, Academic Senate Office, 0002, by 2:00 p.m., October 19, 1998. 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 and 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 on the Web (http://www.senate.ucsd.edu/) or from Nancy Ho-Wu.

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.

UC President's 1999-2000 Research Fellowships in the Humanities
The fellowships, awarded in an annual competition modeled on that of the NEH, provide salary support to approximately 18 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. As a condition of eligibility, the applicant must have accrued a minimum of two quarters of sabbatical leave credit by June 30 in the year in which the fellowship awards are announced; and 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, available from Greg Llacer at OGSR (534-3556), must be postmarked by October 13, 1998. More information is available at http://www.ucop.edu/research/prfh.html

1999-2000 National Humanities Center Fellowships
35-40 residential fellowships will be awarded to scholars of demonstrated achievement and to promising younger scholars who are engaged in work beyond the subject of their doctoral dissertations. Three or four of the 1999-2000 awards will be Lilly Fellowships in Religion and the Humanities for the study of religion by humanistic scholars from fields other than religion and theology. The center, located near Chapel Hill, NC, offers private studies, a reference library, editorial and software assistance, and support for information technology. Stipends are individually determined, and applicants are expected to supplement them with sabbatical salaries or grants from other sources. Travel expenses for fellows and dependents are provided. Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 1998. For additional information, contact The Fellowship Program, National Humanities Center, P O Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2256; or http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us.

1999-2000 Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society
Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate may apply for this fellowship which provides the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the AAS library collections and programmatic scope--American history and culture through 1876--is eligible for consideration. The fellow must give first refusal on the resulting manuscript to a new book series published jointly by Cambridge University Press and AAS. The fellowship provides a 12-month $30,000 stipend. The application deadline is October 15, 1998. Address inquiries to Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowships, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634; (508) 752-5813; cfs@mwa.org.

Open Society Institute (New York, NY)--Project on Death in America: Transforming the Culture and Experience of Dying in America--Program Initiatives in the Humanities and the Arts
The mission of the project is to understand and transform the culture and experience of dying in America through initiatives in research, scholarship, the humanities and the arts which will foster innovations in the provision of care, public education, professional education, and public policy.

  1. One-Year Fellowship in the Humanities in the amount of $35,000 for junior scholars (Instructor or Assistant Professor levels) and $50,000 for senior scholars (Associate or Full Professor levels). Applicants must be well enough along in their work to be able to complete their project(s) within the designated fellowship year.
  2. One-Year Fellowship in the Fine Arts or Performing Arts (same amounts as indicated above). The work should be substantially complete, but in need of support for final completion and presentation before a wider public.
  3. Interdisciplinary Institute on the Culture of Death in America. The project is inviting grant applications to conduct a two-week interdisciplinary institute which brings together those in the humanities and arts, including, where appropriate, graduate students. Applicants may request up to $55,000 in one-to-one matching funds.

Deadlines: For Cycle I, proposals are due October 15, 1998, with funding beginning December 15, 1998. For Cycle II, proposals are due January 15, 1999, with funding beginning June 1, 1999.

1999 Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities
Approximately 50 Predoctoral Fellowships and 29 Dissertation Fellowships will be awarded to applicants in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences and life sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals who are members of one of the following ethnic minority groups: Native American Indian; Alaskan Native (Eskimo or Aleut); Black/African American; Mexican American/Chicana/Chicano; Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian); Puerto Rican. Predoctoral applicants must be at or near the beginning of study toward the doctorate. Awards include an annual stipend of $14,000 and an institutional allowance of $7,500 in lieu of tuition and fees for three years. Dissertation applicants must have completed by February 14, 1999, all requirements for the Ph.D. except the writing and defense of the dissertation. Awards consist of a one-year stipend of $21,500. The application deadline for both fellowship programs is November 14, 1998. For additional information/ applications, contact the Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave, Washington DC 20418; (202) 334-2872; infofell@nas.edu; or http://fellowships.nas.edu

1999 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities
Approximately 25 Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to provide a year of continued study and research to members of the following ethnic minority groups: Native American Indian; Alaskan Native (Eskimo or Aleut); Black/ African American; Mexican American/Chicana/ Chicano; Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian); Puerto Rican. The program is open to U.S. citizens or nationals who are engaged in teaching and research careers or who plan such careers. Applicants must have completed the doctorate no earlier than January 4, 1992, and no later than March 3, 1999. Fellowships provide a stipend of $30,000, plus allowances for travel ($3,000) and cost-of-research ($2,000). The deadline for submission of applications is January 4, 1999. For additional information/ applications, contact the Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave, Washington DC 20418; (202) 334-2872 ; infofell@nas.edu; or http://fellowships.nas.edu

1999-2000 UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The program awards approximately 20 postdoctoral fellowships annually to outstanding scholars to enhance their competitiveness for academic appointments at the UC and other research universities. Recipients conduct research under faculty sponsorship at any of the UC's nine campuses or three laboratories. The 12-month awards ($28,000 stipend, health benefits, and up to $4,000 for research-related travel) are renewable for a second year, pending satisfactory progress. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and should anticipate completion of their Ph.D. by July 1, 1999. Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 1998. For further information, contact (510) 987-9500 or jane.gonzalez@ucop.edu.

UC Pacific Rim Research Program Call for Proposals
The Pacific Rim Research Program supports collaborative research by UC faculty and their colleagues at other institutions throughout the Pacific Rim region. Proposals, which may be from any discipline, should address questions which contribute to an understanding of the region as a whole. UC academic appointees eligible for principal investigator status and graduate students may apply. Campus review of proposals is required prior to transmittal to the Office of the President for final selection. The UCSD deadline for campus review is January 8, 1999. Guidelines and applications are available from Greg Llacer, OGSR, 534-3556.

1999-2000 John Carter Brown Library Research Fellowships
The John Carter Brown Library is an independently funded and administered institution for advanced research in history and the humanities located at Brown University. It will award approximately 20 research fellowships for 1999-2000 to scholars whose work centers on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of the European, African, and Native American involvement. Short-term fellowships (two to four months @ $1,100/month) are open to pre- or postdoctoral scholars, but only postdoctoral scholars and beyond are eligible for long-term fellowships (five to ten months @ $2,800/month). Applications must be postmarked by January 15, 1999, and are available from the Director, John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Providence, RI 02912.

Chateaubriand Scholarship Program for Doctoral Research in France
Applicants must be U.S. citizens working towards the Ph.D. in a graduate program at an American university. Funding (9 months @ 9,000 francs/month, health insurance, round-trip ticket) is for research in France in French literature, cinema, the humanities, the arts, history, philosophy, etc. in association with a French research institution. For application forms and information, contact new-york.culture@diplomatie.fr; or The French Cultural Service, 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021. Applications must be received before January 15, 1999

Miscellaneous Annoucements

Each Fall Quarter, the department receives numerous flyers and brochures describing graduate programs at other institutions in Literature and related fields. These materials, organized by discipline, are available for review in the Undergraduate Office (see Tiffany Larsen). Undergraduates interested in graduate studies in Literature at UCSD should see Susie Melad.

Benefits/Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment notices, which explain the 1999 benefit plan changes, will be 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 2:30 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//www.ucop.edu/bencom

Library Express Delivery Cutbacks
As of September 1, 1998, books requested through Library Express are no longer delivered to faculty and graduate student offices. Instead, books are delivered to any of the UCSD libraries, with the actual library drop point specified by the individual at the time the delivery service is requested. The Library anticipates savings of approximately $65,000 per year--money that will be permanently reallocated to the Library's collections budget.