June 2000 News

New Publications

A Wild Salience: The Writing of Rae Armantrout. Cleveland: Burning Press, 2000. This book includes essays by Robert Creeley, Lydia Davis, Fanny Howe, Bob Perelman, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, among others, and an interview with Lyn Hejinian.

Stephen Cox
"The Art of Fiction," JARS (Spring 2000): 313-331.
Review of Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence, San Diego Union-Tribune Books (May 28, 2000): 1, 4.

Cristina Farronato
"The Theory of Abduction and The Name of the Rose," Semiotics 1998, eds. C.W. Spinks and John Deely. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing, 1999.
"Survey of Italian Long Fiction," Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Second Revised Edition, ed. Carl Rollyson. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2000.

Todd Kontje, "Botho Strauss's 'Der junge Mann': Cultural Memory, National Identity, and the East." Signaturen der Gegenwartsliteratur. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1999: 141-153.

Susan Larsen, "Melodramatic Masculinity, National Identity, and the Stalinist Past in Postsoviet Cinema," Studies in Twentieth Century Literature (Special Issue: Russian Culture of the 1990s), 24.1 (Winter 2000): 85-120.

Hellen Lee, "Daniel Libeskind Papers, 1968-1992," Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession No. 920061 (collection catalog).

"A Conversation with Masao Miyoshi," by Kuanghsing Chen, Navigating Islands and Continents: Conver-sations and Contestations in and around the Pacific, eds. Cynthia Franklin, Ruth Hsu, and Suzanne Kosanke. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000: 157-172.

Rosaura Sánchez, He Walked In and Sat Down and Other Stories, translated by Beatrice Pita. University of New Mexico Press, 2000.

New Faculty Members

Nicole King joins our department as Associate Professor of Twentieth-Century African American Literature and Culture. A specialist in Caribbean and Black U.S. literature, Professor King received her B.A. from Princeton University in 1986 and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994; she has taught for the past six years in the English Department at the University of Maryland. Nicole King is the author of Circles of Influence: C. L. R. James and the Idea of Creolization (forthcoming, University of Mississippi Press). Her new research addresses African American literary and cultural production in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Jin-Kyung Lee has accepted our appointment as Assistant Professor of Comparative Asian Literature and Culture, with an emphasis in modern Korean studies. Professor Lee received her B. A. in English Literature from Cornell University in 1986 and her M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA in 2000. Her doctoral dissertation is titled "Autonomous Aesthetics and Autonomous Subjectivity: Construction of Modern Literature as a Site of Social Reforms and Modern Nation-Building in Colonial Korea, 1915-1925."

In Appreciation

Please join me in congratulating our colleague William Fitzgerald, who has accepted a position in the Depart-ments of Classics and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. William joined the Literature Department in 1980, and is the author of three books in Classics and Compar-ative Literature: Agonistic Poetry: The Pindaric Mode in Pindar, Horace, Holderlin and the English Ode (UC Press, 1987); Catullan Provocations: Lyric Poetry and the Drama of Position (UC Press, 1995); and Living with Slaves, forthcoming from Cambridge UP. Educated at Oxford and Princeton Universities, William has been a learned, gracious, yet modest presence: a colleague who wears his erudition lightly. His thoughtful judiciousness will be greatly missed, and though we regret his departure, we congratulate him on this fine opportunity. His move to Berkeley to join two distinguished departments promises to be a very positive and important one.

Lisa Lowe, Chair

On July 1, our colleague Elizabeth Jordan will retire from the department and from the assistant directorship of the Humanities Program. Elizabeth received her bachelor's degree in the history of art from Wellesley, her master's degree in the history of art from Radcliffe, and her doctorate in English literature from UCSD. Since 1985 she has been a lecturer in Literature and in the Humanities Program, and since 1993 she has served as assistant director of the Humanities Program. Both the program and the department have benefitted enormously from her deep learning, her splendid teaching, and her strong and wise academic leadership. Retirement will give her more time for research and for her ten (!) grandchildren, but she plans to stay active in the university community. Thank you, Betsy, for everything you have given us.

Stephen Cox
Professor of Literature
Director, Humanities Program

Awards and Other Achievements

Rae Armantrout has accepted a writer-in-residence appointment at California College of Arts and Crafts for the 2000-2001 academic year.

Page duBois and Lisa Lowe have been asked to serve on UC President Atkinson's new Humanities Commission, formed to recommend ways of ensuring the continued vitality of humanities programs at the University of California.

Anna Eng has received a doctoral dissertation fellowship for 2000-2001 from the American Association of University Women.

Cristina Farronato has been offered a tenure-track position in Italian Literature at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, beginning in the 2000-2001 academic year.

Rosemary George has been appointed Director of the UCSD Critical Gender Studies Program for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2000.

Desiree Henderson has been awarded a research fellowship for the Summer and Fall 2000 by the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization.

Jill Holslin has been awarded a renewal grant--a second-year dissertation fellowship for 2000-2001--from the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the UC-wide research institute founded in 1983 by Herb York. The mission of IGCC is to support innovative, multi-disciplinary research that seeks to understand the causes of international conflict and to promote international cooperation.

Todd Kontje has been chosen Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Revelle College graduating seniors. He will be acknowledged at the college graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 18.

Lucinda Rubio-Barrick was selected for Commendable Service recognition in the 1999-2000 UCSD Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award Program. She was honored at an award ceremony and reception held at the Faculty Club in early May.

Kristi M. Wilson has received a 2000-2001 UC Humanities Research Institute Postdoctoral Resident Fellowship to participate in a research group on "Theorizing Race in Pre- and Early-Modern Contexts."

The following graduate students are recipients of 2000-2001 fellowships and grants from the Center for Iberian/Latin American Studies (CILAS):

  • Pamela Morgan, Tinker Field Research Grant
  • Chloe Rutter-Jensen, CILAS Dissertation Field Research Grant
  • Liberty Smith, Tinker Field Research Grant
  • Tania Triana, Tinker Field Research Grant and Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship
  • Randall Williams, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship

Winifred Woodhull, Max Parra and Daphne Brooks have been elected to the Department of Literature's 2000-2001 Executive Committee. And, because each will be on leave one quarter during the year, the following faculty members will serve temporarily in their places: Arthur Droge will replace Winifred Woodhull during the Spring Quarter; Jaime Concha will replace Max Parra during the Winter; and Richard Cohen will replace Daphne Brooks during the Fall.

Karen Shabetai (1956 - 2000)

We are saddened to report that Karen Shabetai died at her home in Seattle on May 14, after a long struggle with cancer. She received her B.A. in French literature in 1978 and her M.A. in comparative literature in 1981, both from our department. In 1984 she received her doctorate from UCSD for her dissertation on William Blake, co-directed by Fred Randel and Stephen Cox. She then joined the Department of English at the University of Washington, where she was quickly recognized as a brilliant teacher and intellectual, committed to the highest standards of education and constantly exemplifying them. She was intimately familiar with the literatures of many languages, and she possessed a spontaneous sympathy and contagious enthusiasm for great cultural achievements, wherever she found them. During her last, difficult months of life, her courage and her gallant wit were inspirations to all who knew her. Karen is survived by her husband, Ross Posnock, also of the Department of English at the University of Washington; by her daughter Sophie; and by her parents, Dr. Ralph Shabetai (Professor of Medicine, UCSD) and Mrs. Estelle Shabetai.



Thursday, June 1, 4:30 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
with Roddey Reid, Vanita Sharma, Nicole Tonkovich and Winnie Woodhull

Visiting Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD and, Professor and Head, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Manchester
"Fernando Ortiz's Transculturation: The Postcolonial Intellectual and the Politics of Cultural Representation"
Friday, June 2, 3:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Catherine Davies, Professor and Head of the Depart-ment of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Manchester, holds a Spring Quarter visiting professor-ship in the UCSD Department of Literature. Her research and teaching interests include 19th- and 20th-c. Spanish and Latin American literature, women's writing in Spain and Latin America, and Cuban literature and cinema. Professor Davies is the author of Spanish Women's Writing: 1849-1996 (Athlone, 1998), A Place in the Sun?: Women Writers in Twentieth-Century Cuba (Zed, 1997), and Con-temporary Feminist Fiction in Spain: Montserrat Roig and Rosa Montero (Berg, 1994)

Professor and Chair, Department of Literature, UCSD
"World Literatures, A Modern Structure of Feeling," UCSD Millennium Lecture
Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 p.m.
Institute of the Americas Copley Auditorium
Professor Lowe's talk is the last of ten presentations comprising the 1999-2000 UCSD Millennium Lecture Series, a program designed to provide the public with a deeper understanding of the work in the humanities, arts, and sciences conducted at UCSD. Her lecture will address the role of literature in mediating the contradictions of modernity at the beginning and end of the twentieth century. The series is sponsored by UCSD Academic Affairs, the Divisions of Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, and Public Programs.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

2001-2002 Fellowships, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The center awards approximately 20 fellowships annually in an international competition to individuals with project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or inter-national issues--topics that intersect with questions of public policy. Applications from any country are welcome. For academic participants, eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level, and it is expected that candidates will have published beyond the dissertation. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Center in Washington, D. C., for the nine-month academic year. A few shorter fellowships are also available. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1, 2000. Further information and applications are available from www.wilsoncenter.org; fellowships@wwic.si.edu; or (202) 691-4170.