February/March 2001 News

New Publications

Daphne A. Brooks, "'The Deeds Done in My Body': Black Feminist Theory, Performance, and the Truth About Adah Isaacs Menken," Recovering the Body: Self Representations by African American Women Writers, eds. Michael Bennett and Vanessa Dickerson. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2000.
"Pauline Hopkins: A Critical Essay," African-American Writers, Revised Edition, ed. Valerie Smith. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000.

Alain J.-J. Cohen. "Greek Models for Postmodern Times. Foucault and Lacan on Ethics and the Arts of Existence," Dalhousie French Studies, "Festschrift for Dominique Desanti," 54 (2001): 105-115.

Teresa Fiore, "Mediterranean Voices in the Revised Italian Canon," a review article of Mediterranean Crossroads: Migration Literature in Italy (Madison: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 1999), Forum Italicum: A Journal of Italian Studies, 34.2 (Fall 2000): 556-561.

Mel Freilicher, "Mountain of Diamonds: Character" (fiction), Fourteen Hills, Creative Writing Department, San Francisco State University, 7.1 (Fall/Winter 2000).

Rosemary Marangoly George "Calling Kamala Das Queer: Rereading My Story," Feminist Studies, 26.3 (Fall 2000): 731-763.

Fanny Howe, Indivisible (novel), Semiotexte/MIT Press, 2001.

Fred V. Randel, "The Political Geography of Horror in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (51 pp.), ELH, Johns Hopkins University Press (forthcoming).
"Shelley's Recasting of Coleridgean Traditionalism in 'Lines Written Among the Euganean Hills'" (40 pp.), Keats-Shelley Journal (forthcoming).
"Tradition and Critique in the Haidée Cantos of Don Juan," Bryon: A Poet for All Seasons: Proceedings of the 25th International Byron Conference, ed. Marios Byron Raizis (Messolonghi, Greece: Messolonghi Byron Society, 2000): 129-135.

Wai-lim Yip, Poems from London: "The taste of rain," "Bird-singing in Deep Night," "Londoners: Three Poems," "Tube," "Love Song of a Modern Gypsy," "Thames, flow quietly," The Epoch Poetry Quarterly, 125 (Winter 2000).
"Heiweh--Fernweh," "Lenzrausch," "Altes Städtchen Hukou," "Spätfrühling 1973, zu Gast in Hong Kong, Stadt der Chinesen," "Schrecknisse und Aufbruch (1980-1982) Sechs Nachtgesänge," trans. Reiner Müller, bilingual edition Phönixbaum, Moderne taiwanesische Lyrik, eds. Tienchi Martin-Liao and Richarda Daberkow (Bochum, 2000).
"Condemned to Cultural Displacements: The Case of Modern China," Symbols of Anguish: In Search of Melancholy in China, ed. Wolfgang Kubin (Peter Lang, 2000).

Awards and other Achievements

Abbie Cory has been selected as a UCSD Faculty Fellow in the Department of Literature for a two year period beginning Fall Quarter 2001. Her full-time appointment will be as a combined Lecturer and Faculty Fellow Researcher. She will teach courses in literature of the British Isles, women and literature, and modern Irish literature, while continuing to conduct research in the areas of gender and politics in the Romantic and early Victorian periods. The Faculty Fellows Program was initiated this year to provide new UC Ph.D.s with mentored training and experience in the design and conduct of courses and research, and to provide high-quality teaching of undergraduate courses to help accommodate projected enrollment growth. Abbie Cory received one of only five or six awards available this year at the UCSD campus.

Desiree Henderson has accepted an Assistant Professorship in the Department of English at the University of Texas, El Paso, beginning in the Fall of 2001.

Fanny Howe's short story, "Gray," originally published in Ploughshares, has been selected by Joyce Carol Oates for the Pushcart Prize.

Lisa Lowe has been invited to be Distinguished Faculty Visitor at the Center for Ideas and Society at UC Riverside in the Winter/Spring 2002. The Center for Ideas and Society is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant and a Rockefeller Residency Site for a three-year project on Global Migration, Social Change, and Cultural Transformation.

Demian Pritchard has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of English at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, beginning in the 2001-02 academic year.

Jorge Mariscal received the year 2000 Chancellor's Associates Faculty Award for Excellence for Outstanding Community Service. He was selected for his "tireless efforts and strong commitment to fostering diversity on our campus, within the greater educational system and the community."

Jennifer Tuttle has accepted the Dorothy M. Healy Professorship in Literature and Health at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Her appointment, which begins Fall 2001, includes oversight of the University's Maine Women Writers Collection.

The UCSD Center for Humanities has selected the following recipients for 2001-02 awards:

  • Kulvinder Arora--A Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship to support research and completion of her dissertation.
  • Daphne Brooks--An African American Literature and History Award towards expenses for a research trip to New York and England.
  • Robert Cancel--A Conference Award in support of hosting the Annual Meeting of the African Literature Association.
  • Nicole King--An African American Literature and History Award towards expenses for a research trip to New York and Chicago.
  • Fred Randel--A Conference Attendance grant for travel to the 2001 North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference in Seattle.
  • Chloe Rutter-Jensen--A Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship to support research and completion of her dissertation.
  • Donald Wesling--A Humanities Faculty Fellowship to support full-time research while in residence at UCSD.
New Staff Members

The Department of Literature is pleased to announce two new staff members:

Ruth Christian joined the staff in early December as Academic Files Coordinator. She comes to the department with extensive administrative experience that includes a previous position in Academic Personnel at UC Riverside. In her position here, she coordinates all aspects of academic personnel administration for the department--most importantly, the preparation of files for appointments and academic reviews. Christa Beran, the department's former Academic Files Coordinator, is now overseeing the appointment of lecturers and visiting faculty.

Ana Minvielle, as of this February, is the department's new Graduate Program Coordinator. She received her B. A. in General Literature at UCSD in 1993, and has since held positions as a Teaching Assistant in Spanish at the Seattle Preparatory Academy and as a financial consultant. She is responsible for the administration of the Graduate Office--advising students, managing the admissions process, and facilitating TA and reader employment. Quinny, the previous Graduate Program Coordinator, is now the Coordinator of the Dimensions of Culture Program at Thurgood Marshall College.

Events -- March/April 2001

Mark McMorris
, a fiction writer and poet in the Caribbean experimental tradition, author of The Black Reeds and three chapbooks, will read from his works on Thursday, March 1, 4:30 p.m., Visual Arts Performance Space.

VALERIE TRAUB, Professor of English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will present "The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England," Tuesday, March 13, 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Professor Traub is the author of Desire and Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama and co-editor of Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture. Her lecture is sponsored by the Department of Literature, Critical Gender Studies, the LGBT Resource Office, and the Women's Center.

FREDRIC R. JAMESON, Professor, The Literature Program, Duke University, and Visiting Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD, will speak on "Lacan and the Construction of Theory," 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 had great impact on the current shape of studies in the humanities and social sciences in the U.S. and abroad.

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.

"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

Graduate Program Announcments

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.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

Research Grants, 2001-02 (Academic Senate Committee on Research)
Academic Senate members who would like to apply for research support for 2001-02 must submit a Research Grant Application to the Committee on Research, Academic Senate Office, 0002, by 2:00 p.m., March 30, 2001. 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, 2000-01 and 2001-02 (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 30, 2001. Applications received after this date will be reviewed in June 2001. Application forms are available on the Web ( (http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor.htm) or from Nancy Ho-Wu.

The Places of American Literature: A Mellon Foundation Interpretive Seminar in the Humanities, June 18 - July 27, 2001, The Huntington Library
This six-week graduate seminar will meet twice a week to explore the topic of writing, reading, and region in American literature and culture from the 16th century to the present. Participants will have access to the collections of the library. Applicants must be advanced to candidacy and working on their dissertations. The eight participants selected will receive a stipend from the Mellon Foundation as well as housing at no cost from Caltech. The application deadline is March 15, 2001. For additional information, contact Catherine Jurca, Assistant Professor of Literature, California Institute of Technology, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences 101-40, Pasadena CA 91125-4000.