November 1999 News

New Publications

Two poems by Rae Armantrout appear in the Poetry 2000 Desk Calendar just published by Penguin/Putnam.

Alain J.-J. Cohen, "Three Madame Bovarys. Renoir, Minelli, Chabrol," Writing and Cinema, ed. J. Bignell. Harlow: Addison, Wesley, Longman, 1999, Chapter 8, 119-133.

Stephen Cox
"The Real Titanic Story," The Free Market (August 1999): 2-3, 5.
"Outsides and Insides: Reimagining American Capitalism," JOARS (Fall 1999): 27-57.
"Mourning an American Icon," Liberty (October 1999): 29-30, 51.

Mel Freilicher, "One or Two Things That I Know About Kathy Acker" (essay), Rampike, 10.2, Special 20th Anniversary Issue: Epistemology (Toronto).

Marcel Hénaff, Sade: The Invention of the Libertine Body. Translated by Xavier Callahan. University of Minnesota Press, 1999, 330 pp.

Susan Larsen, "In Search of an Audience: The New Russian Cinema of Reconciliation," Consuming Russia: Popular Culture, Sex, and Society Since Gorbachev, ed. Adele Barker. Durham: Duke University Press, 1999, 192-216.

Jennifer Tuttle, Editor and Introduction, "Letters from Elizabeth Stuart Phelps to S. Weir Mitchell, M.D., 1884-1897," Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 17.1 (Spring 2000).

Wai-lim Yip, "The Daoist Project as a 'Possible' Metanarrative," Chinese Thought in a Global Context: A Diologue Between Chinese and Western Philosophical Approaches, ed. Karl-Heinz Pohl. Brill, 1999, 145-170.

Awards and Other Achievements

Jennifer Tuttle has been awarded a Haynes Research Stipend from the Historical Society of Southern California.


SYLVIANE AGACINSKI, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
"Sexual Difference and Political Equality"
Tuesday, November 2, 4:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Sylviane Agacinski is a philosopher who teaches at the prestigious École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. She has published books on Kierkegaard (Aparté, 1977), on architecture (Volume, 1992), on Critique de l'égocentrisme - The Event of the Other (1996), and, recently, a book which has had an important impact on French feminism, Politique des sexes (1998) (Gender Politics, forthcoming from Columbia University Press). She was one of the leading figures of a movement which obtained an amendment to the French Constitution imposing a rule of equal opportunity (la parité) in the representation of men and women in the French political system.
Professor Agacinski's lecture is sponsored by the Department of Literature and the Critical Gender Studies Program.

All readings take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Performance Space. They are free and open to the public.

  • Deanna Ferguson November 3
    Canadian poet (Available Light, Rough Bush), co-editor of Boo magazine, and co-publisher of Tsunami Editions.
  • Tracie Morris November 12
    Multimedia performance poet and author of two poetry collections (Intermission and Chap-T-her Won).
  • Rae Armantrout and Norman Fischer November 17
    Rae Armantrout is the author of six books of poetry (including Couverture, Necromance, and Made To Seem). She teaches writing in the Department of Literature. Norman Fischer is a Zen Buddhist priest and poet who is currently serving as co-Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center.

The 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.

with poets Shani Mootoo, author of Cereus Blooms at Night; and slam poets Staceyann Chin and Alix Olson
Monday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.
Price Center Theatre
For additional information, call the LGBT Resource Office at 822-3493.

Arthur J. Droge, Professor, Department of Literature; and Director, Program for the Study of Religion
"Imagining the Body: Early Christian Sex and Other Apocryphal Acts"
Wednesday, November 10, 12:00 noon
Price Center, Davis/Riverside Room

NEIL LARSEN, Chair, Department of Spanish and Classics; and Director, Program in Critical Theory, UC Davis
"Nation and Novel, North by South"
Monday, November 22, 4:15 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Professor Larsen's publications include Modernism and Hegemony: A Materialist Critique of Aesthetic Agencies (University of Minnesota Press, 1990) and, more recently, Reading North by South: On Latin American Literature, Culture and Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 1995). He will be presenting material from his current book in progress, titled Determinations: Essays on Narrative, Postcolonial Theory and the National Question in the Americas (forthcoming from Verso).


Scheduled this year in Chicago, the convention will begin at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, December 27, and end at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 30. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (English Sessions, Exhibits); Sheraton Chicago (Foreign Language Sessions); and the Fairmont Chicago (Job Information Center, Childcare). All MLA members and others involved in the study or teaching of language and literature must register in order to attend or participate in meetings, visit the exhibit hall, take part in the job service, or reserve hotel rooms at special MLA rates. Preregistration fees and housing requests must be received by December 1. Please note that hotels are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and that late housing requests will not be processed. For further information see Barbara Saxon or Quinny.


Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and Poet Laureate Awards
The Department of Literature, UCSD, is accepting campus submissions for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and the Poet Laureate Awards.

The Coolbrith competition was established by friends of the late Ina Donna Coolbrith, California's first Poet Laureate. $500 is available this year for prizes, to be apportioned by the judges. Awards are made for the best unpublished poem or group of poems by an undergraduate student at the UC campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, the University of Santa Clara, or St. Mary's College.

The Poet Laureate competition was established by the Ina Coolbrith Circle in memory of Ina Coolbrith. Four prizes ($100; $75; $50; $25) are awarded for the best poetry submissions from graduate or under-graduate students at any of the UC campuses.

Manuscripts must be typewritten or clearly printed, with the name of the contest and the last four digits of the entrant's Social Security number indicated at the top of each page (no other identifying information, please). A duplicate should be kept, as manuscripts cannot be returned. A cover sheet should be attached with the following information: name, local address, telephone number, email address, permanent address, last four digits of the Social Security number, title of entry (or the first four words), and name of contest (Coolbrith or Poet Laureate). Students may enter both contests, but not with the same poems.

A faculty judge from the Department of Literature will select three finalists for each contest from the UCSD submissions. These entries will be forwarded, via the Committee on Prizes at UC Berkeley, to a panel of judges who will select the winners.

UCSD entries must be submitted to the Undergraduate Office, Room 110 Literature Building, by no later than Monday, December 13, 1999.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities
Approximately 50 Predoctoral Fellowships and 29 Dissertation Fellowships will be awarded to applicants in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, and life sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals who are members of one of the following ethnic minority groups: Native American Indian; Alaskan Native (Eskimo or Aleut); Black/African American; Mexican American/Chicana/Chicano; Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian); Puerto Rican. Predoctoral applicants must be at or near the beginning of study toward the doctorate. Awards include an annual stipend of $14,000 and an institutional allowance of $7,500 in lieu of tuition and fees for three years. Dissertation applicants must have completed by February 14, 2000, all requirements for the Ph.D. except the writing and defense of the dissertation. Awards consist of a one-year stipend of $21,500. The application deadline for both fellowship programs is November 12, 1999. For additional information/ applications, contact the Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave, Washington DC 20418; (202) 334-2872;; or

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities
Approximately 25 Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to provide a year of continued study and research to members of the following ethnic minority groups: Native American Indian; Alaskan Native (Eskimo or Aleut); Black/ African American; Mexican American/Chicana/ Chicano; Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian); Puerto Rican. The program is open to U.S. citizens or nationals who are engaged in or are planning careers in teaching and research at the college or university level. Applicants must have completed the doctorate no earlier than January 7, 1993, and no later than March 1, 2000. Fellowships provide a stipend of $30,000, plus allowances for travel ($3,000) and cost-of-research ($2,000). The deadline for submission of applications is January 7, 2000. For additional information/applications, contact the Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave, Washington DC 20418; (202) 334-2872 ;; or

UC Humanities Research Institute Call for Fellowships Applications for 2000-2001 Resident Research Groups
HRI invites applications from UC faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and advanced graduate students for residential fellowships to participate in one of four research groups that will convene during 2000-2001 on the UC Irvine campus: "Health Services and Place," Fall 2000, Convener, Ruth Malone, Health Policy Studies, UC San Francisco; "Palace Women and Court Life in Comparative Perspective," Fall 2000, Convener, Anne Walthall, History, UC Irvine; "Theorizing Race in Pre- and Early-Modern Contexts," Winter-Spring 2001, Convener, Margo Hendricks, Literature, UC Santa Cruz; and "Confession and Conquest: Autobiography in the Americas," Spring 2001, Convener, Chon Noriega, Film and Television, UCLA.

The deadline for receipt of faculty applications is December 15, 1999; graduate student applications must be received by February 1, 2000 (applicants must be advanced to candidacy by the time of application). Applications from postdoctoral scholars (Ph.D. from the UC within the past two years or by June 15, 2000) must also be received by February 1, 2000.

Graduate students who are advanced to candidacy by the time of application, whose research involves humanities and medicine, and who can relate their work to one of the research group projects listed above, may also apply for an Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Scholarship. Applications must be received by February 1, 2000.

For further information contact the Fellowship Committee, UCHRI, 307 Administration Bldg, Irvine CA 92697-3350; (949) 824-8177; or

UC Pacific Rim Research Program Grants
Proposals are now being considered for the Pacific Rim Research Program to be awarded July 1, 2000. Proposals may come from any discipline and should address questions which contribute to an understanding of the Pacific Rim region as a whole. There are several categories of grants:

  • Research Projects generally for amounts up to $45,000 for a one- or two-year project.
  • Workshops and Planning Grants of up to $15,000 for research development, new collaborations and workshop funding; and mini-grants of up to $3,000 for planning purposes.
  • Campus-Based Program Development Grants of up to $35,000 for one or two years for start-up efforts leading to the establishment of an intercampus center or project that has a high probability of securing significant amounts of external funding.
  • Mini-Grants for planning and travel purposes, awarded throughout the year in amounts not exceeding $1,000 (applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis).
  • Graduate Student Grants (requires supplementary application form) for preliminary field trips to assist in formulating full-scale Pacific Rim proposals, as well as fieldwork or research support.

Application materials can be downloaded from the UCOP Pacific Rim website, or are available from Greg Llacer at OGSR (4-3556). Submissions should be sent directly to Wilma Orantes at Contracts and Grants (4-0239) before the campus deadline of January 10, 2000. A UCSD faculty committee will be convened to review the proposals, as required by the Office of the President, before processing and transmittal.

Miscellaneous Annoucements

Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes
Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes serves as a site for the discussion of issues germane to the fostering of cross-disciplinary activity and as a network for the circulation of information and the sharing of resources. It has a membership of over 100 centers and institutes located in the U.S. and abroad. Information about the Consortium and the individual centers and institutes that belong to it is now available on the web at http://www.chcinetwork .org The site includes links to humanities research centers, full descriptions of the member institutes with their addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses, humanities fellowship opportunities, and upcoming conferences.

Benefits/Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment notices, which explain the benefit plan changes for the year 2000, were mailed at the end of October to employees' home addresses. Open Enrollment is from November 1 through November 22, 1999, and actions taken during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2000. A "Benefits Information Day" is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2 , from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Price Center Ballroom B. Plan representatives will be available to answer questions. Information about Open Enrollment is also available at