February/March 2000 News

New Publications

Rae Armantrout, "Veil" and "The Plan" (poems), American Poetry Review (March/April 2000).

Jaime Concha, editing of, introduction to, and notes on Alberto Blest Gana, Martin Rivas. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Translation of the "Introduction" by Beatrice Pita.

Masao Miyoshi
Dutch translation of "A Borderless World?: From Colonialism to Transnationalism and the Decline of the Nation State" (originally in Critical Inquiry, Summer 1993). Het Museum Van De Natie: Van Kolonialisme Tot Globalisering. Brussels: Yves Gevaert Vitgever, 1999: 231-259. Trans. Joost Beerten and Ingrid Helsen.

"Japan Is Not Interesting," Re-Mapping Japanese Culture: Japanese Studies: Communities, Cultures, Critiques, Volume One. The Japanese Studies Association of Australia (Clayton: Monash Asia Institute, 1999): 11-24.

The San Diego Bakhtin Circle has edited a hard-cover special issue of The Bucknell Review, 43.2 (Lewisburg PA, Fall 1999), on the topic "Bakhtin and the Nation:" ten essays on the topic by a set of international contributors, with an introduction by the editors. The San Diego Bakhtin Circle consists of Barry A. Brown, Christopher Conway, Rhett Gambol, Susan Kalter, Laura A. Ruberto, Tomás F. Taraborrelli, and Donald Wesling.

Kristi M. Wilson, book review, "Cinematic Cities," Film/Literature Quarterly, 27.4 (1999). Review of The Cinematic City, ed. David B. Clarke (London and New York: Routledge, 1997).

Wai-lim Yip
"Globalization and the Future of Hong Kong Literature after the 'Return,'" Third Hong Kong Literature Festival: Symposium Essays. Hong Kong: Urban Council, 1999. Professor Yip was invited as a special guest to deliver the above lecture at the festival, which was held November 30 - December 11, 1999.

"The Framing of Meanings and the Daoist Critique of Power Hierarchies," Sin Fronteras: Ensayos de

Literatura Comparada en Homenaje a Claudio Guillén, eds. Darío Villanueva, Antonio Monegal, and Enric Bou. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, 1999.

"Biopsy at the end of the millennium" (poem), Literary Page, United Daily, December 12, 1999.

"Revisiting Paris at the end of the millennium," a set of seven poems, plus "Thinking of Li Po at Niuchu" and "Pledge under Volcano," Unitas (Lien-ho Wen-hsueh, Taipei, Taiwan: January 2000), with accompanying photos by Jonas Yip.

Awards and Other Achievements

Steven Cassedy has been invited to serve as faculty Director at UCDC (the University of California's academic center in Washington D. C.) for the 2000-2001 academic year.

Alain J.-J. Cohen organized a three-day Colloquium, Cinema and the other Arts, at the International Center of Semiotics in Urbino (Italy), September 23-26, 1999. The Proceedings of the Colloquium, which include 32 presentations along with Professor Cohen's plenary address, "Scorsese painter. Kubrick choreographer," will be published at a future date.

After four years at the University of Texas, Arlington, Christopher Conway (Ph.D. Literature, UCSD, 1996) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Brown University, beginning Fall 2000. He continues to work mainly in the Venezuelan domain and has almost completed a book on Bolívar and the formation of his myth as a Latin American hero.

Judith Halberstam has been awarded The Publishers' Triangle Award in Lesbian Non-Fiction for her book, Female Masculinity (Duke University Press, 1998).

Susan Kalter has accepted a position, effective August 2000, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of American Literature, 1870-1920, at Illinois State University.

Masao Miyoshi has been invited by the members of the MLA Nominating Committee to stand for election to the presidency of the MLA. The term is three years: the first as second vice president, the second as first vice president, and the third as president.

William O'Brien has been invited to be the Revelle College commencement speaker on June 18, 2000.


Please be sure to check out our online calendars at http://literature.ucsd.edu/calendar for the latest event information

L. FRANK, Tongva/Ajachmem Artist and Tribal Activist will present "A Visit and Foolish Dialog with L. Frank, Author of Acorn Soup," Tuesday, March 7, at 3:40 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. L. Frank is a Tongva/Ajachmem artist and tribal activist. She is a board member of the California Indian Basketweavers Association and the Native California Network and founding board member of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival. Her artwork has been exhibited widely throughout California and appears in several publications, including a regular column/graphic, Acorn Soup, in the quarterly newsletter News from Native California. L. Frank's art may be previewed by logging onto the website http//members.tripod.com/~Sawols/l.frank/ l.frank.html, following the link to the "Artist Main Page," and clicking on "L. Frank's Art." Her talk, "A Visit and Foolish Dialog with L. Frank, Author of Acorn Soup" will expand upon that work, which explores the convergence between the visual and the linguistic in literature as well as com-menting upon the Spanish colonization of Southern California. Her presentation is sponsored by the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Literature.

Wednesday, March 8, 4:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Performance Space
Performance artist, choreographer, and writer who is profoundly deaf and has evolved a physical approach to realizing texts. His works include A Holythroat Symposium, Cathedral Lung, and Hearing Things (The Oracle). The UCSD New Writing Series is sponsored by the Department of Literature, the University Events Office, the Archive for New Poetry, and the Division of Arts and Humanities. Readings are free and open to the public.

MARTIN MANALANSAN, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, will speak on "Diasporic Divas" Friday, March 10, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Women's Center.

LISA ROFEL, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz, will present her work on gay men in China at a roundtable discussion Wednesday, March 15, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the LGBT Resource Office. Please contact Judith Halberstam if you would like to attend the roundtable and pick up the readings. All participants should have read Rofel's essay in advance.

JOSH KUN, Assistant Professor of English, UC Riverside, will present "The Negro Sings of Rivers: Re-Mixing Langston Hughes," Thursday, April 6, 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Professor Kun is currently completing a book, Strangers Among Sounds: Listening, Difference, and the Unmaking of Americans, to be published by the UC Press, and he has published widely as a music and cultural critic. His bi-weekly column, Frequencies, appears in The San Francisco Bay Guardian and The Boston Phoenix.

FREDRIC R. JAMESON, Professor, The Literature Program, Duke University, and Visiting Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD, will speak on "Realism and Utopia in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy," Tuesday, April 11, 4:30 p.m., at the Cross-Cultural Center. Professor Jameson's work on critical theory, European and American literature, film, architecture, and popular culture has had an enormous impact on the current shape of studies in the humanities and social sciences in the U.S. and abroad. This event, sponsored by the Literature Department, is free and open to the public.

The Dean of Arts and Humanities has established a new Distinguished Visitors Program which provides five years of funding to departments in the Division of Arts and Humanities, monies for which the departments must provide matching funds. The funds, when matched, provide sufficient resources to bring a distinguished scholar for a two-week period to present a mini-seminar, a public lecture, and to meet with faculty and students. The Department of Literature is pleased to announce it has secured funds from this program for this year and next for the purpose of continuing Professor Jameson's annual visits through at least Spring 2001.

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.

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.

Graduate Program Announcements

John Carlos Rowe Spring Quarter Seminar on U.S. Modernisms
John Carlos Rowe, Visiting Professor from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine, will offer this graduate seminar (LTTH 210) Thursdays, 12:45 - 3:35 p.m. Professor Rowe's new book, Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II, will be published by Oxford in April. He is also the author of The Other Henry James (Duke, 1998), At Emerson's Tomb: The Politics of Classic American Literature (Columbia, 1997), The Theoretical Dimensions of Henry James (Wisconsin, 1984), Through the Custom-House: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and Modern Theory (Johns Hopkins, 1982), and Henry Adams and Henry James: The Emergence of a Modern Consciousness (Cornell, 1976). In his seminar, he will be discussing four different modernisms: so-called "high" modernism; the emergence of a pan-Indian movement in the period of the Indian Reorganization Act; the Harlem Renaissance; and 1930s Left culture.

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 and enrollment information are 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, 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. Enrollment information is available in the Graduate Program office.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

Research Grants, 1999/2000 and 2000/2001 (Academic Senate Committee on Research)
Academic Senate members who would like to apply for research support for 1999/2000 or 2000/2001 must submit a Research Grant Application to the Committee on Research, Academic Senate Office, 0002, by 2:00 p.m., March 31, 2000. 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. Additional information and application forms are available on the Web http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/forms.htm or from Nancy Ho-Wu.

Travel to Scholarly Meetings, 1999/2000 and 2000/2001 (Academic Senate Committee on Research)
Academic Senate members may apply for travel expenses to national and international conferences or symposia at which they will present papers on their research or preside over one or more sessions. Invitations to participate in a departmental symposium or in a locally organized workshop/conference with a fairly small attendance cannot be supported. Only one trip per fiscal year for any Senate member will be awarded. The deadline for submission of applications is 2:00 p.m., March 31, 2000. Applications received after this date will be reviewed in June 2000. Application forms are available on the Web http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/forms.htm or from Nancy Ho-Wu.

2001-2002 Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars has issued a call for applications for Fulbright Distinguished Chairs, among the most prestigious awards in the Fulbright Program. Chairs are available in the following countries: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, and Sweden. Lecturing is in English. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and have a prominent record of scholarly accomplishments. Preliminary applications are due no later than May 1, 2000. Additional information is available from Karen C. Adams, Assistant Director, Europe/NIS, CIES, 202-686-6245 or kadams@cies.iie.org

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
is pleased to announce the second year of its Humanities at Work programs to improve career opportunities beyond the academy for humanities doctoral students.

Practicum Grants award $1,500 to students who find a meaningful internship or other way to utilize their academic discipline in a context outside of college teaching and research.

Innovation Awards provide up to three $10,000 and up to three $5000 grants to recognize and support departments/programs in the humanities that encourage Ph.D. students to interact with the world outside the academy as part of their graduate training. Proposals must be postmarked by May 15, 2000.

Postdoctoral Careers continues to place recent graduates in positions in a wide range of companies and organizations. Twenty employers are currently recruiting through the foundation.

Further details and applications can be found at http://www.woodrow.org/phd/