May 2001 News

New Publications

Michael Davidson
"The Lady from Shanghai: California Orientalism and 'guys like us,'" Western American Literature, 35.4 (Winter 2001).
"Apuntes sobre escritura y producción," Nerter (Islas Canarias), 1 (October 1999).
"X Marks the Spot: Laura Moriarty, Nude Memoir and Jena Osman, The Character," boundary 2, 28.2 (Summer 2001).

Richard Elliott Friedman
Commentary on the Torah
. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2001.
"Deception for Deception," Abraham and Family, ed. H. Shanks. Washington, DC: Biblical Archaeology Society, 2000: 131-144; reprinted from Bible Review 2 (1986): 22-31, 68.
"Parashat Yitro," Learn Torah With. . . Los Angeles: Torah Aura, 2001: 1-3.

Sandra Logan, "Making History: The Rhetorical and Historical Occasion of Elizabeth Tudor's Coronation Entry," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Duke UP (Spring 2001).

Wai-lim Yip, "Biopsy of Year's End," and "Biopsy of the End of the Millennium," (poems), Selected Poems From the 1990's, eds. Hsin Yu, Pai Ling, and Chiao Tung. Taipei: 2001.

Lisa Yoneyama, "Words of Thought" [shiso no kotoba] (on possession), Shiso [Thought], 923 (April 2001): 1-3.
Awards and Achievements

Todd Kontje has been named a Fellow of the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for the academic year of 2001-02.

Bill Mohr has been selected one of eight participants in a Mellon Interpretative Seminar for the Humanities, "The Places of American Literature." The fellowship will provide him with the opportunity to spend six weeks at the Huntington Library in Pasadena during the summer of 2001. In addition to participating in the seminar, he will have access to the library's collections for his own research.

Stephen Potts has contracted to write a critical biography of author Joseph Heller for the academic publishing house Manly, Inc., located at the University of South Carolina.

Wai-lim Yip has been appointed by the president of Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, an honorary member of the Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies from April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2003.

Events - May 2001

JAMES KYUNG-JIN LEE, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in residence at UCSD 2000-01, will present a talk titled "On the Shoulders of Others: Historical Revisions of Chicana/o Historiography in Alejandro Morales' The Brick People," Wednesday, May 2, 3:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building.


  • Michael Heller
    Thursday, May 3, 4:30 p.m.
    , deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
    Michael Heller's works include six volumes of poetry, most recently, Wordflow; a memoir, Living Root; a critical study on the Objectivist poets; and a libretto for the opera Benjamin, on the life of Walter Benjamin.
  • Eleni Sikelianos and Hung Q. Tu
    Wednesday, May 16, 4:30 p.m.
    , Visual Arts Facility Performance Space
    Eleni Sikelianos is the recipient of multiple writing awards, and her books include The Lover's Numbers. She teaches in the Clemente Program at Bard College. Hung Q. Tu is a widely published San Diego poet and member of the San Francisco based Krupskaaya publishing collective.
  • Peter Cook and Flying Words
    Wednesday, May 23, 4:30 p.m.
    , IRPS Auditorium, Marshall College
    Flying Words Project is poetry/performance art presented by deaf artist Peter Cook and his hearing "voice," Kenny Lerner. They have collaborated since 1984, performing throughout the U.S. and internationally.
  • Edwin Torres and Lorenzo Thomas
    Wednesday, May 30
    , 4:30 p.m., Visual Arts Facility Performance Space
    Edwin Torres' poems have appeared in many anthologies (ALOUD, Poetry Nation), and his compact disc, Holy Kid (Kill Rock Stars) was included in the Whitney Museum's American Century Pt. II show. Lorenzo Thomas, Professor of English, University of Houston-Downtown, is the author of The Bathers and Chances Are Few and the editor of Sing the Sun Up: Creative Writing Ideas from African American Poetry.

REGINA KUNZEL (Williams College) will be speaking in the "Sex and Space Lecture Series" Tuesday, May 15, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cross Cultural Center Lecture Hall. Her talk is titled "Situating Sex: The Problem of Prison Sexual Culture in the Mid-Twentieth-Century U.S."

EPIFANIO SAN JUAN, Jr., Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative American Cultures, Washington State University, will present a talk titled "Trajectories of the Filipino Diaspora," Tuesday, May 15, 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building.

ANGIE CHABRÁM-DERNERSESIAN, Associate Professor, Departments of Chicano/a Studies and Cultural Studies, UC Davis, will present a talk titled "Cultural Studies in Our Worlds: Readings from Black, Chicana/o , Asian, and Mexican Cultural Studies," Wednesday, May 16, 3:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Professor Chabrám-Dernersesian is a UCSD Department of Literature graduate.

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 been truly interdisciplinary and ranged over a number of areas: historical geography and methodology and philosophy of geography; political economy and the process of urbanization; cultural, literary, and artistic transformation in history; and, throughout, questions of environmental and political justice and alternative modes of urbanization. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctorates and has held academic appointments at Oxford and Johns Hopkins, the London School of Economics, and the University of Paris. Professor Harvey's publications include Limits to Capital (Blackwell, 1982), The Condition of Postmodernity (Blackwell, 1989), Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference (Blackwell, 1996), and Spaces of Hope (University of California Press, 2000). 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.

AMBER HOLLIBAUGH, author of My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Back Home, will read from her book Tuesday, May 29, time and place TBA. For further information, contact Judith Halberstam.

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 currently Director of the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. At the end of this academic year, she will return to her position as the Director of the Center for Twentieth Century Studies and Chair of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her numerous publications include Figuring Age: Women, Bodies, Generations and Aging and Its Discontents: Freud and Other Fictions.

Graduate Program Notices


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