April/May 2000 News
Mel Freilicher, "Andrew Cunanan
Redux" (essay), American Book Review, 21.3 (March-April 2000).
Fanny Howe, Selected Poems.
Berkeley: University of California Press.
"Ivory Tower in Escrow," boundary 2, a special issue on the university,
27.1 (Spring 2000): 7-50.
"Der versilberte Elfenbeinturm, Globale Wissensindustrie, akademischer
Kapitalismus," Lettre International [Berlin], 48: 70-80. German translation
of "Ivory Tower in Escrow."
"Dokoni itemo anzen dewanai. Todo heizu yoru genko to risku no shikatsu bunka,"
trans. Kawamura Ichiro, The Logic of Sensation, special issue of Gendai
shisou [Contemporary Thought] (Sept. 1999): 161-77. Japanese translation of
"Unsafe at Any Distance: Todd Haynes' Visual Culture of Health and Risk" (Film
Quarterly, 51.3 ).
Translation of Ukai Satoshi,"Postcolonialism Recounted to Japanese Children," Review
of Japanese Culture and Society (December 1998): 1-10.
Wai-lim Yip, "Globalization: Thinking
Natural and Cultural Ecology," in four installments in United Daily News,
Literary Page, March 7-10, 2000, Taipei, Taiwan.
"Habits of Knowing Cultural Differences: Chrysanthemum and the Sword in the
U.S. Liberal Multiculturalism," Topoi, 18 (1999): 71-80.
"Reading Against the Bourgeois and National Bodies: Transcultural Body-Politics in Yu
Miri's Textual Representations," Koreans in Japan: Critical Voices from the
Margin, ed. Sonia Ryang. London: Routledge, 2000: 103-118.
Daphne A. Brooks has been awarded a UCSD Faculty Career Development
Program grant for Fall Quarter 2000, in support of her project to chart the convergence of
African-American travel, theater, and political activism in trans-Atlantic culture from
Stephen Cox has been selected by the
Committee on Distinguished Teaching as the recipient of a Year 2000 Academic Senate
Distinguished Teaching Award for his "truly outstanding commitment to teaching and
for the inspiration [he has] brought to the education and lives of [UCSD] students."
Professor Cox will be honored at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 31, 2000.
Judith Halberstam has been awarded a
2000/2001 UCSD Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship to provide her with some
release time for research while in residence at UCSD.
Jerry Rafiki Jenkins has received a
2000/2001 UCSD Center for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship to support research
and completion of his doctoral dissertation.
Saundra Liggins has accepted a tenure-track
assistant professorship as an African Americanist in the Department of English at SUNY
College at Fredonia, beginning in 2000-2001.
Exams and Defenses
The following graduate students successfully completed qualifying examinations,
comprehensive examinations or defenses during Winter Quarter 2000:
- Elisabeth (Bloomfield) Arnould, Ph.D. Defense; dissertation:
"L'extase de la poésie: non-savoir et littérature dans l'expérience intérieure de
- Grace Kyungwon Hong, Ph.D. Defense; dissertation: "The Histories
of the Propertyless: The Literatures of U.S. Women of Color"
Juan Manuel Sánchez, M.A. Comprehensive Examination
- Shigeki Sekiyama, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
- Filemon Zamora-Suchilt, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
Lauren Berlant, Visiting Professor
Professor of American Literature and Director, Center for Gender Studies, University of
Chicago. LTEN 297--mini-seminar, "After Great Pain: From Sentimentality to Trauma in
U.S. Liberal Tradition" (see "Graduate Program Announcements," below).
Marsanne Brammer, Lecturer
Ph.D., English and American Literature, UCSD; science and literature; 19th and
20th c. British literature and culture. LTTH 150--Topics in Critical Theory:
Theories of Literature and Science.
Oscar Campomanes, Lecturer
Ph.D., American Civilization, Brown University; literature emerging from U.S. encounter
with the Philippines; literature of the Philippine diaspora; U.S.-Philippines cultural
relations. LTCS 140--Subaltern Studies in Context: Imagining the American Asia-Pacific;
LTEN 181--Asian American Literature: War and Asian Americans; LTWL 172--Special Topics:
Filipino American Culture.
Diane D'Andrade, Lecturer
Former Executive Editor, Harcourt Brace and Co., Publishers; editor of numerous award-winning
children's books. LTWR 109--Writing and Publishing Children's Literature.
Catherine Davies, Visiting Professor
Professor and Head, Department of Spanish, University of Manchester; Spanish language and
19th and 20th c. Spanish and Latin American literature; women's
writing in Spain and Latin America. LTSP 128--Modern Poetry.
Rogelio Escudero, Visiting Professor
Professor, Department of Spanish, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras; Ph.D., Spanish
Literature, UCSD; Puerto Rican, Latin American, and Caribbean literature. LTSP
137--Caribbean Literature: La explotación en el cañaveral y otros temas claves de la
literatura del Caribe Antillano; LTSP 171--Studies in Literature and Society: Las crisis
de la identidad nacional en la literatura Puertorriqueña del siglo XX.
Jeffrey Geoghegan, Lecturer
Ph.D., Ancient History, UCSD; ancient Israelite history, literature and religion; ancient
Near Eastern history, literature and religion; ancient Greek and Roman history, literature
and religion. Revelle Humanities Sequence.
Glen Gold, Lecturer
M.F.A., Screen Writing, UC Irvine; screenwriter and journalist; has taught at UC Irvine.
Fredric Jameson, Visiting Professor
Professor, Literature Program, Duke University; cultural theorist and literary critic.
LTTH 297--mini-seminar on Science Fiction and Utopia (see "Graduate
Program Announcements," below).
Sunny Jung, Lecturer
Ed.D. , U.S. International University; has taught Korean language and literature at USC,
UC Irvine, and UCSD. LTKO 1C--First-Year Korean.
Liu Lu, Associate
Ph.D. candidate, History, UCSD; modern Chinese history. LTEA 120D--Filming Chinese
Literature: Late 20th c. Fiction and Film.
Stephen-Paul Martin, Lecturer
Ph.D., English Literature, New York University; author of numerous books of poetry and
prose; editor at American Book Review; Lecturer, SDSU. LTWR 100--Short Fiction.
John Carlos Rowe, Visiting Professor
Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine. LTTH 210--Major
Periods and Movements: U.S. Modernisms.
Malise Ruthven, Lecturer
Lecturer, Department of Divinity with Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen; author of
numerous publications on religious studies and Islamic religion. LTWL 142--Islam: Origins
and Spread of a World Religion; LTWL 143--Fundamentalism in Comparative Perspective.
Randall Williams, Associate
Ph.D. candidate, Cultural Studies, Department of Literature, UCSD; prison literature. LTEN
60--Topics in Ethnic American Literature: Prison Autobiographies and Social Movements.
Kristi M. Wilson, Lecturer
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, UCSD; analysis of ancient cultures in the context of
contemporary philosophy and literary theories. Making of the Modern World, Eleanor
KIM STANLEY ROBINSON,
UCSD Regents' Lecturer, will speak on "UCSD and Permaculture: A Science Fiction
Story," Monday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., in the Price Center Theatre.
Dr. Robinson, who received both his B.A. (1974) and Ph.D. (1982) in English and American
Literature from UCSD, is a highly acclaimed writer of science fiction and science fiction
criticism, the recipient of numerous major literary awards, and the author of 14 books
(novels, short stories, criticism) including his multiple prize-winning trilogy Red
Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars. This event, sponsored by the
Department of Literature, is free and open to the public.
HANS CHRISTOPH BUCH,
Berlin, will present a lecture, "Slaughterhouse 2000: a German fiction writer's
experience of war in the nineties, from Bosnia and Chechnya to Rwanda and East
Timor," Thursday, April 20, 4:00 p.m., deCerteau Room, 155
Literature Building. His talk is sponsored by the Department of Literature and German
"Masquerade and the Female Spectator: The Action Films of Vijayashanti"
ASHISH RAJADHYAKSHA, "Cyber-Democracy
and the New Public"
Monday, April 24, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Tejaswini Niranjana and Ashish Rajadhyaksha are the Co-Directors of the Centre for the
Study of Culture and Society in Bangalore, India. Their center focuses on new approaches
to the study of Indian culture within the context of the humanities and social sciences.
Their work on gender, caste, community and ethnicity within India has a significant impact
on cultural policies as well as on the place occupied by "culture" in both
western and Indian political understandings. Dr. Niranjana is the author of numerous
books, including Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism, and the Colonial
Context (1992) and Interrogating Modernity: Culture and Colonialism in India
(1993). Dr. Rajadhyaksha is the author of Ritwik Ghatak: A Return to Epic (1982),
L'Avventurose Storie del Cinema Indiano (1985), and The Encyclopaedia of
Indian Cinema (1995). This event is sponsored by the UCSD Interdisciplinary Research
Group in Culture, Modernity and Globalization.
Professor of American Literature and Director of the Center for Gender Studies at the
University of Chicago, will give a presentation, "Uncle Sam Needs a Wife: Citizenship
and Denegration," at 4:00 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2000, in the
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. A distinguished and charismatic scholar of
American literature and cultural studies, Professor Berlant is the author of The
Anatomy of National Fantasy: Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Life (University of
Chicago Press, 1991) and The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex
and Citizenship (Duke University Press, 1997). Her guest-edited special issue of Critical
Inquiry (Winter 1998), Intimacy, is forthcoming as a book from the
University of Chicago Press. Professor Berlant is currently completing a book on the role
of sentimentality in American culture, The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business
of Sentimentality in American Culture. This event, sponsored by the Department of
Literature, is free and open to the public.
PROGRAM FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION -- SPRING
- Malise Ruthven
"Islam and Mormonism: Contrasts and Parallels"
Wednesday, May 10, 12:00 noon
Price Center, Santa Barbara/Los Angeles Room
- Nancy Caciola
"The Testing of Spirits in the Later Middle Ages"
Wednesday, May 24, 12:00 noon
Price Center, Santa Barbara/Los Angeles Room
will read his poetry at the Cross-Cultural Center on May 17 at 4:00 p.m.
He is the author of several poetry collections including Viaje/Trip (1973), Un
Trip Through the Mind Jail (1980), and East of the Freeway (1995). A veteran
of the Chicano Civil Rights movement, he has worked extensively with the American Indian
Movement and the Prisoners' Rights Support Network, and is the owner of Resistencia
Bookstore/Casa de Red Salmon Press in Austin, Texas.
LIBERTY, ANCIENT AND MODERN
One Day Conference at UC San Diego
Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
De Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building
- Robert Wallace, "Private Lives and
Public Enemies, Freedom in the Athenian Democracy"
- Nicholas Smith and Curtis Johnson,
"What is Liberty for? Plato and Aristotle on Political Freedom"
- H.S. Drake, "The Edict of Milan,
Religious Liberty and Christian Intolerance"
- Bracht Branham, "Cynicism and
For further information contact William Fitzgerald.
MIKE DAVIS, ROBERT C. ELLIOTT
Mike Davis, Department of History, SUNY Stony Brook, and 1998 MacArthur Foundation Fellow,
will present the Department of Literature's annual Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture,
"Magical Urbanism: Latinos reinvent the U.S. city," Tuesday, May 23,
7:30 p.m., in Center Hall Room 115. Mike Davis will speak on the topic of his
latest book, the Latinization of the U.S. urban landscape and how Latinos are attempting
to translate their urban demographic ascendancy into effective social power. Mike Davis is
also the author of Prisoners of the American Dream, City of Quartz, Ecology
of Fear, and Late Victorian Holocausts. 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.
NEW WRITING SERIES SPRING 2000
Readings are in the Visual Arts Performance Space, unless otherwise noted, on Wednesdays
at 4:30 p.m.
- Gad Hollander ~ April 12
Gad Hollander is a writer (Sleep, Figures of Speech) and filmmaker (Diary
of a Sane Man)who was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Queens, and now lives in London.
- Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte
~ April 19
Pierre Joris practices "nomadic poetics," bringing different cultures into
collision/collusion. Nicole Peyrafitte is a multimedia artist who generates
paintings/collages/computer animation/writing/voice works and performances.
- Chris Kraus ~ April 26
Chris Kraus is a novelist (I love Dick, Aliens and Anorexia) and editor
of Semiotexte Press in Los Angeles.
- Taco Shop Poets ~ May 3
Beginning as a large ensemble in 1994, the Taco Shop Poets are now one of the premier
performance units in Southern California's spoken word community.
- Graduate Students ~ May 24
This reading will feature several poets and writers who study in a number of departments
at UCSD, including Visual Arts, Music and Literature. Among the participants will be
Stephen Cope, Eliza Slavet, Barry Masuda, Glen Motil and Aaron Armstrong Skomra.
- Lyn Hejinian ~ May 31
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Lyn Hejinian is one of the most widely read and translated U.S. poets. Her books include My
Life, Leningrad, and The Cold of Poetry.
Fredric R. Jameson Spring Quarter 2000 Mini-Seminar on
Science Fiction and Utopia
Fredric R. Jameson, Visiting Professor from the Literature Program at Duke University,
will offer this two-unit mini-seminar (LTTH 297), with the participation of Kim
Stanley Robinson, Thursday, April 13; Tuesday, April 18; and Thursday,
April 20; 12:45 - 3:35 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building.
Those who wish to participate fully in the lectures and seminars are urged to read Kim
Stanley Robinson's Red Mars. A complete reading list is available in the Graduate
Lauren Berlant Spring Quarter 2000 Mini-Seminar
"After Great Pain: From Sentimentality to Trauma in U.S. Liberal
Lauren Berlant, Professor of American Literature and Director, Center for Gender Studies,
University of Chicago, will offer this two-unit mini-seminar (LTEN 297) Tuesday,
May 2; Wednesday, May 3; Tuesday May 9; and Wednesday, May 10; 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.,
in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. The course will explore, in broad
outline, the place of pain in the production of concepts of politically legitimated
sovereign personhood in the U.S. since the rise of abolitionist and indigenous rights
rhetoric in the 1830s. The first week will focus on sentimentality, and the second on
trauma: both weeks will focus on the idea of public affect worlds and their diverse
functions and potentials. Books will include Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Key to
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Imitation of Life, The Bluest Eye, and Was.