April 2001 News

New Publications

Alain J.-J. Cohen, "La Flagellazione di Piero della Francesca. Il pittore come regista" (The painter as filmmaker), Il Cannocchiale. Rivista di studi filosofici, "Il valore cognitivo dell'arte," 2 (2000): 11-33.

Page duBois, Trojan Horses: Saving the Classics from Conservatives. New York: New York University Press, 2001.

Teresa Fiore, "Little Italies, Broad Cultural and Life Experiences: The Polyphony of Academic and Non-Academic Discourses in an Anthology Devoted to the Complex Meaning of Little Italies," VIA (Voices in Italian Americana), 11.2 (2000): 119-123.

Marcel Hénaff and Tracy Strong, eds., Public Space and Democracy. University of Minnesota Press, 2001: 240 pp. With contributions by Sylviane Agacinsky, Benjamin Barber, Marcel Detienne, Paul Dumouchel, J. Peter Euben, Jacqueline Lichenstein, Anne Norton, Shigeki Tominaga, Dana E, Villa, and Samuel Weber. An expanded version of proceedings from a conference of the same name, which took place at UCSD in May 1996.

Oumelbanine Zhiri, "Description of Africa," Travel Knowledge, European Discoveries in the Early Modern Period, eds. Ivo Kamps and Jyotsna Singh. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Awards and other Achievements

Lisa Lowe has been elected to a three-year term on the National Council of the American Studies Association through June 2004.

Exams and Defenses
The following graduate students successfully completed qualifying examinations or defenses during Winter Quarter 2001:

  • Françoise Canter, Ph.D. Defense, "L'oulipo et ses 'plagiaires par participation' de la Renaissance"
  • Desiree Henderson, Ph.D. Defense, "Mourning America: Literature and the Politics of Death 1765-1865"
  • Sabine MacQuarrie, Ph.D. Defense, "Zogernd tritt Herr Lettau ein. Strategien und Inhalte in Reinhard Lettaus Erzahlstil am Beispiel Auftritt Manings"
  • Blanca Melendres, M.A. Thesis Defense, "Testimonio, literatura y denuncia: La muerte en Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y Así me nació la conciencia"

Dissertation Fellowships
The following graduate students have been selected to receive one-quarter Literature Department Dissertation Fellowships during the 2001-2002 academic year

  • Luis Alvarez-Mayo
  • Kulvinder Arora
  • Teresa Fiore
  • Laurel Plapp
  • Harleen Singh

Spring Quarter Visiting Instructors

Will Alexander, Lecturer
Los Angeles novelist, poet and essayist known especially for his fusion of Afrocentric myth and culture and European Surrealism; LTWR 120--Personal Narrative

Thomas J. Cardoza, Lecturer
Ph.D., History, UC Santa Barbara; modern France/ Europe, world history, U.S. since 1845, writing instruction; Roosevelt College sequence, Making of the Modern World

Diane D'Andrade, Lecturer
Executive Editor, Harcourt Brace and Co., Publishers; editor of numerous award-winning children's books. LTWR 109--Writing and Publishing Children's Literature

Mary Devereaux, Lecturer
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Chicago; philosophy of art/aesthetics, biomedical ethics, philosophy and literature, feminist theory, film theory and criticism; LTWL 172--Special Topics in Literature: Philosophy and Literature

Fredric Jameson, Visiting Professor
Professor, Literature Program, Duke University; cultural theorist and literary critic. LTTH 297--mini-seminar on Slavoj Zizek (see "Graduate Program Announcements," below)

Chris Kraus, Lecturer
Fiction writer and columnist and graduate faculty member, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; LTWR 141--The Process of Writing: The Magic and Discipline of Writing Different Drafts

Jeyseon Lee, Lecturer
Ph.D., Korean Linguistics, University of Hawaii; language instruction; LTKO 1C-First-Year Korean, and LTKO 2C--Intermediate Korean: Second Year

Lu Liu, Associate in Literature
Ph.D. candidate, History, UCSD; modern Chinese history. LTEA 120D--Filming Chinese Literature

Sandra A. Logan, Lecturer
Ph.D., Literatures in English, UCSD; 16th c. British literature, literary theory, history of literary criticism, cultural history, early modern science studies; LTEN 110--The Renaissance: Themes and Issues--Representing Women in Early Modern Literature

Douglas A. McCannel, Lecturer
C.Phil., Comparative Literature, UCSD; classical studies, composition; MCWP 50--Critical Writing, and MCWP 125--Argument and Analysis

Howard Mueller, Lecturer
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, SDSU; philosophy of religion, oriental philosophy; existential philosophy and theology; RELI 114--Texts and Contexts: East Asian Religions

Douglas Pinto, Lecturer
Ph.D., French Literature, UCSD; French literature, poetry, late Victorian and early 20th c. English literature; LTFR 60B--French for Reading Knowledge II

Beheroze Shroff, Lecturer
Lecturer, filmmaker, writer; LTEN 181--Asian American Literature: South Asian Literature in the Diaspora

Malama Tsimenis, Lecturer
Ph.D. Candidate, French Literature, University of Montreal; 19th c. French literature, language instruction, translation; LTFR 2C--Composition, Conversation, and Culture

GinaValdés, Lecturer
Chicana poet and writer of narrative; LTSP 153--Chicano Poetry

John Zou, Lecturer
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley; late imperial and modern Chinese literature, theater, and film; Chinese intellectual history; LTCH 101--Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Is Masculinity a Joke? Comedy and Men in Modern Chinese Literature and Film, and LTEA 110B--Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation: Criminality and Masculinity in Chinese Literature and Film

Events - April 2001

FREDRIC R. JAMESON, Professor, The Literature Program, Duke University, and Visiting Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD, will speak on "The End of Temporality," Tuesday, April 10, 4:00 p.m., at the Cross Cultural Center. Professor Jameson's work on critical theory, European and American literature, film, architecture, and popular culture has helped shape current studies in the humanities and social sciences in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent publications include Brecht and Method and The Cultures of Globalization (co-edited with Masao Miyoshi). The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Literature, is free and open to the public.


  • Tuesday, April 10, at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., A Conversation with Ray Bradbury: Science fiction author Ray Bradbury joins Dean Nelson of Point Loma Nazarene University, for a talk about his craft as part of PLNU's Writer's Symposium by the Sea. Repeats Sunday, April 15, at 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24, at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., An Evening with Ray Bradbury: The author regales his audience with stories about his life and love of writing in "Telling the Truth," the keynote address of PLNU's Writer's Symposium. Repeats Sunday, April 29, at 9:00 p.m.

Feminist Conference organized by W.I.S.C. (Women Inciting Social Change)
Wednesday, April 11, 4:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
UCSD Price Center (Ballroom B and Gallery A and B)
The conference, featuring Professors Judith Halberstam (Keynote Speaker), Daphne Brooks, Kathleen Jones, George Lipsitz, and Lisa Yoneyama, is free and open to the public. For detailed information contact ucsdwisc@ucsd.edu or the Critical Gender Studies Program at (858) 534-3589.

All readings are Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Performance Space.

Monday, April 16, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Professors Nicole Tonkovich, Rosaura Sánchez, Kathryn Shevelow, and Milos Kokotovic, and several experienced students will discuss effective strategies of preparing for the qualiyfing exam (4:00 - 5:00 p.m.) and the new exam format (5:00 - 6:00 p.m.).

SLAVOJ ZIZEK, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia, will present a lecture titled "Is Lacan Anti-Capitalist?" Wednesday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Slavoj Zizek's numerous publications include, most recently, The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology, The Fragile Absolute: Or, Why the Christian Legacy is Worth Fighting For, and The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime: On David Lynch's Lost Highway. His lecture, sponsored by the Department of Literature, is free and open to the public.

HARRY MATHEWS, UCSD REGENTS' LECTURER, Department of Literature, Reading from His Works, Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 p.m., Visual Arts Performance Space
Harry Mathews is a distinguished, trans-continental author who has published numerous novels, books of poetry, translation and essays. He was closely associated with the New York School of poets in the 1960s, serving a an editor of the influential journal Locus Solus, and he has been the Paris editor of The Paris Review since 1989. He is perhaps best known as a member (with Benjamin Perec, Raymond Queneau, Marcel Duchamp, and Jacques Roubaud among others) of the Oulipo (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle). This experimental literary movement has its base in Paris and is dedicated to generating literary works based on complex procedures and mathematical models. He received the America Award for literature (best work of fiction) in 1995. Harry Mathews' principal works include The Conversions (Random House, 1962; Dalkey Archive Press, 1997), Singular Pleasures (Dalkey, 1993), The Journalist (Godine Books, 1994; Dalkey, 1997), and A Mid-Season Sky Poems 1954-1991 (Carcanet, 1992). His reading, organized as part of the UCSD New Writing Series, is free and open to the public.

"SÍ SE PUEDE: THE LEGACY OF CESAR CHAVEZ," Saturday, April 28, 2001, Deutz Lecture Hall, Institute of the Americas, UCSD, a symposium organized by a group of UCSD Chicana/o faculty, the Cross Cultural Center, and Thurgood Marshall College as part of the first annual Cesar Chavez state holiday commemoration at UCSD. All events are open to the public and free of charge.

  • The morning session, moderated by Jorge Huerta (UCSD Chancellor's Associates Professor of Theater), includes presentations by Richard Griswold del Castillo (Department of History, California State University-San Diego), co-author of César Chávez: A Triumph of Spirit (University of Oklahoma Press); Dionne Espinoza (Chicano Studies/Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison), who is completing a book on Chicana social movements and the role of women in non-traditional labor organizations; Jorge Mariscal (Department of Literature, UCSD), editor of Aztlán and Viet Nam: Chicano and Chicana Experiences of the War (University of California Press); and Daniel Rothenberg (Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan), who compiled With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today (Harcourt Brace), an oral history of contemporary farmworkers.
  • The afternoon session will include two one-act plays (actos) by El Teatro Campesino directed by Professor Jorge Huerta and performed by his students; and a musical performance and discussion with the group ALMA. ALMA was founded by Agustín Lira, co-founder of the Teatro Campesino.
  • Closing remarks will be presented by Cruz Reynoso (former California Supreme Court Justice) and David Valladolid (San Diego Parent Institute and Chicano Federation), who has a longtime association with the UFW and who will provide a local San Diego perspective on the legacy of Cesar Chavez.

For additional information, contact Jorge Mariscal (858) 534-3210 or Edwina Welch (858) 534-9686.

Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.
Garren Auditorium, 1105 Basic Science Building
David Harvey, Professor, Graduate Center, CUNY, will present "The Art of Rent: Globalization and the Commodification of Culture," the Literature Depart-ment's 2001 Elliott Memorial Lecture. Over the years, Professor Harvey's research interests have focused and built upon a number of areas: historical geography and methodology and philosophy of geography; political change and the process of urbanization; cultural change and environmental problems; and, most recently, questions of environmental justice and alternative modes of urbanization. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctorates and has held academic appoint-ments at Oxford and Johns Hopkins. Professor Harvey's publications include Spaces of Hope, Limits to Capital, Justice, Nature and the Geography of Differences, and The Condition of Postmodernity. 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.

Workshops for San Diego Area Secondary School Teachers
Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Literature Building, UCSD
The workshops, conducted by faculty members from the UCSD Literature Department, will each run one hour and fifteen minutes, and will be repeated so that attendees may participate in two of the four sessions:

  • "Literature in Translation from the French-Speaking World: Europe, Africa, the Near East, and the Caribbean," Winifred Woodhull
  • "Teaching the Literatures of Asian Immigration," Lisa Lowe
  • "Reading 'Community' in Black U.S. and Haitian Fiction," Nicole King
  • "Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Other African Texts," Robert Cancel

Registration information is available by calling (858) 534-3216.

ROB WILSON, Professor, Literature Department, UC Santa Cruz, will present "Ridley Scott's Gladiator and the Spectacle of Empire: Global/Local Rumblings Inside the Pax Americana," Thursday, May 24, at 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Professor Wilson's areas of expertise include American literature, literary criticism and creative writing. He has held professorships at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Korea University in Seoul, and National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and his poems have been widely published in various journals. His works of poetry and cultural criticism include Waking in Seoul, American Sublime: The Genealogy of a Poetic Genre, Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production, and Global/Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary. His lecture, sponsored by the Department of Literature, is free and open to the public. Professor Wilson will also conduct a seminar on Hawaiian literature for graduate students and other interested members of the campus community Friday, May 25, at 3:00 p.m., in the Andrew Wright Room, 3355 Literature Building.

Department of Literature Alumni Lecture Thursday, May 31
(lecture title, time and location TBA)
Kathleen Woodward, who received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature at UCSD in 1976, is Director of the Center for Twentieth Century Studies, and Professor of English and Modern Studies and Chair, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her numerous publications include Figuring Age: Women, Bodies, Generations and Aging and Its Discontents: Freud and Other Fictions.

Graduate Program Announcements

Fredric R. Jameson Spring Quarter 2001 Mini-Seminar on Slavoj Zizek
Fredric R. Jameson, Visiting Professor from the Literature Program at Duke University, will offer this two-unit mini-seminar (LTTH 297) Thursday, April 12; Tuesday, April 17; and Thursday, April 19; 12:45 - 3:35 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Slavoj Zizek will participate in the April 19 session. Information on enrollment and readings is available in the Graduate Program Office.

The 2001 Graduate Studies Commencement will be held Saturday, June 16, at 2:00 p.m., in the RIMAC Arena.

Karen Shabetai Memorial Fund

A memorial fund has been established in honor of Karen Shabetai, who received her doctorate from this department and, before her death in the year 2000, had taught for many years at the University of Washington. Because of Karen's deep interest in her university's foreign study program, the fund will help students at the university's center in Rome. Checks can be made payable to the University of Washington and sent to its English Department, Box 354330, Seattle WA 98195. On the check, please write Shabetai Memorial Fund.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

Getty Research Library/Access to Stacks
Members of the scholarly and museum communities may receive stack reader privileges by producing proof of current affiliation along with a photo ID. Library hours have been expanded to Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Appointments to use Special Collections, which has more limited hours, are encouraged. Additional information is available at http://www.getty.edu/research, at reference@getty.edu, or by calling (310) 440-7390.