April/May 2000 News

New Publications

Mel Freilicher, "Andrew Cunanan Redux" (essay), American Book Review, 21.3 (March-April 2000).

Fanny Howe, Selected Poems. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Masao Miyoshi
"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."

Roddey Reid
"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 [1998]).
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.

Lisa Yoneyama
"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.

Awards and Other Achievements

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 1850-1910.

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 Georges Bataille"
  • 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
Spring Quarter Visiting Instructors

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. LTWR 110--Screenwriting.

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 Roosevelt College.

Events

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 Studies.

TEJASWINI NIRANJANA, "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.

LAUREN BERLANT, 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 SEMINARS

  • 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

raulrsalinas 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 Liberty"

For further information contact William Fitzgerald.

MIKE DAVIS, ROBERT C. ELLIOTT MEMORIAL LECTURE
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.
Graduate Program Announcements

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 Program Office.

Lauren Berlant Spring Quarter 2000 Mini-Seminar
"After Great Pain: From Sentimentality to Trauma in U.S. Liberal Tradition"
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.