June 2000 News
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
"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.
"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.
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
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."
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
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
Professor of Literature
Director, Humanities Program
Rae Armantrout has accepted a
writer-in-residence appointment at California College of Arts and Crafts for the 2000-2001
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
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.
WHAT IS CULTURAL STUDIES?
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
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.
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; email@example.com; or (202) 691-4170.