November 2000 News

New Publications

Alain J.-J. Cohen, "Woody Allen's Zelig: A simulation documentary," Semiotics 1999, eds. S. Simpkins, C. W. Spinks, and J. Deeley. Bern/ New York: Peter Lang, 2000: 315-331.

Susan Larsen, "Girl Talk: Lydia Charskaia and Her Readers," Self and Story in Russian History, eds. Laura Engelstein and Stephanie Sandler. Cornell University Press, 2000: 141-167.

Masao Miyoshi
"A Turn to the Planet: Literature, Diversity, and Totality," with its Korean translation, Writing Across Boundaries: Literature in the Multicultural World. A Conference Proceedings, 3. Seoul: The Daesan Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000: 94-106.

A Japanese translation of "Ivory Tower in Escrow," Gendai Shiso (revue de la pensée d'aujourd'hui). Seitosha, 2000: 30-63.

Jennifer Tuttle, editor and introduction, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Crux (1911; out of print since year of publication). University of Delaware Press, forthcoming.

Wai-lim Yip, "Selected Poems from Ezra Pound," translation into Chinese, Epoch Poetry Quarterly, 124. Taipei: September, 2000.

Awards and other Achievements

Of the seven McNair Scholars nominated to present their research at the Thirteenth Annual UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference on May 13, 2000, two were Literature majors: Edward J. Loya Jr., nominated by his faculty mentor, Stephen Cox, presented his research on "Justice Sutherland's Jurisprudence of Natural Rights: The Philosophical Grounds of Sutherland's Defense of Individualism;" and Deborah Tokars, nominated by her mentor, Nicole Tonkovich, presented her work on "Exploring Self-Identification and Ethnic Autobiography in the Writings of the Eaton Sisters."

Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars

Susan H. McLeod, Professor, Department of English, Washington State University, Pullman, is a Visiting Scholar, under the sponsorship of Linda Brodkey, through August 2001. Her project is a "History of Writing Across the Curriculum Movement in the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s."

Maurice E. Stevens (Ph.D., History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz, 1999) is a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellow for the 2000-2001 academic year under the mentorship of Lisa Lowe. Dr. Stevens is conducting research on African American literature, film, and performance.



Renowned filmmaker Chantal Akerman(Belgium/ France) will be at UCSD Wednesday, November 1 for a screening of her 1999 film, Sud (South), at 7:00 p.m. in Mandeville Auditorium. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow, moderated by film critic, curator and writer, Berenice Reynaud. Admission is free.

Additional screenings with Chantal Akerman are scheduled for Thursday, November 2, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park (619-238-7559): D'est (From the East) at 7:00 p.m., and Tout un nuit (One Whole Night) at 9:00 p.m. (admission: $7.50/ $5.00).


All readings take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Visual Arts Performing Space.

  • Gail Scott -- Wednesday, November 1
    Gail Scott is a highly acclaimed Canadian novelist (My Paris), teacher, and literary translator. She is a Fall Quarter visiting lecturer in the Department of Literature.
  • Jack and Adelle Foley -- Thursday, November 9
    Jack Foley is an innovative poet (Adrift) and critic, and long-time host of a poetry show on KPFA/ Berkeley. Adelle Foley is a haiku poet (Along the Bloodline), performer, and Berkeley newspaper columnist.
  • Steve Benson -- Wednesday, November 15
    Steve Benson is a poet identified with the West Coast branch of Language Writing whose works (Blue Book, Roaring Spring) involve oral improvisation and experimentation. He is a Fall Quarter visiting lecturer in the Department of Literature.
  • Eileen Myles -- Tuesday, November 21
    Eileen Myles is a fiction writer (Cool for You, Chelsea Girls), poet (Not Me, Sappho's Boat), and, in the mid-1980s, was Artistic Director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project.
  • Jennifer Moxley -- Wednesday, November 29
    Jennifer Moxley is a poet (Imagination Verses), founder and editor of The Impercipient, and poetry editor for The Baffler. She also works as a typesetter for the National Poetry Foundation.


A practical discussion on writing the qualifying papers.

Come talk about preparing, researching, and drafting the papers themselves. We will also cover issues such as choosing topics, beginning research, planning and outlining the papers, footnoting, as well as accounting for prior research on the topic. Guest speakers: Nicole Tonkovich, Melisa Klimaszewski, and Sandra Logan. All students at any stage of this process are welcome.
Tuesday, November 7, 4:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Richard Cohen
, Assistant Professor, Department of Literature, will present "How Many Buddhas Can Swim in the Rivers of Paradise? An Ideological Calculation," Wednesday, November 8, 12:00 noon, Price Center Gallery B.

TEACHING COLLOQUIA I: Gender and Sexuality in the Classroom
with Abbie Cory, Graduate Student, Department of Literature; Michael Kaufmann, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Association; Kirsten Quanbeck, Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy; and Rosalind Streichler, Center for Teaching Development
Tuesday, November 14, 4:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Author Susan Gaines will be reading from her novel, Carbon Dreams, at the UCSD bookstore on Wednesday, November 15, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Susan Gaines' short stories have been published in various literary magazines, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and selected for anthologies. She is a UCSD alumna with degrees in chemistry and oceanography.

Susan Larsen
, Daphne Brooks, and Jennifer Tuttle will talk about how to prepare for the job interview and other aspects of the job search for those venturing on the job market this fall.
Thursday, November 30, 4:00 p.m.
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building


lst Annual UCSD All-Grad Symposium, Saturday, November 11*, 2000
* Note change of date. The UCSD Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (OGSR) are sponsoring the 1st Annual UCSD All-Grad Symposium to provide a forum for graduate students from all departments to present their work to their peers. It will also allow graduate students to develop contacts with students in other departments and to expand their horizons. The symposium is free and open to all who wish to attend. Presenters must be currently enrolled graduate students at UCSD.

2000 Modern Language Association Convention
Scheduled this year in Washington, D.C., the convention will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, and end at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30. It will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (English sessions and exhibit hall), the Washington Hilton (foreign language sessions), and Omni Shoreham (job information center and child care). 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. Additional information is available at or from 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. Approximately $600 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 Friday, December 15, 2000.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

Visiting Research Fellowships, UCSD Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
The center offers a limited number of predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships to be held in residence during 2001-2002. The awards (3 to 12 months in duration, but full academic year projects preferred) support advanced research and writing on any aspect of international migration and refugee flows in any of the social sciences, history, law, and comparative literature. Predoctoral fellows are expected to finish writing their dissertation during the fellowship period; recent postdoctoral applicants may request support to produce publications based on the dissertation; more senior scholars can propose any major research/writing project. Application will be received until January 15, 2001. Additional information is available at or from Carmen Rodriguez at CCIS, (858) 822-4447.

UCSD Center for the Humanities Call for Program Proposals for the 2001/2001 Academic year
The Center will consider support in the following categories:

  1. Collaborative Group Research Planning Grants: provide initial support for group projects that have the potential of attracting outside support or for projects seeking seed funds to develop applications for foundations or specific programs. Interdisciplinary research will be supported under this category. Maximum award: $10,000.
  2. Conferences: provide funds, matching grants, and seed money for the organization of conferences on significant issues in the humanities that are of interest to the university and the community. Maximum award: $20,000.
  3. Humanities Faculty Fellow: supports research of faculty from the Division of Arts and Humanities by providing the opportunity for full-time research effort. Up to $5000 will be made available to the Fellow's home department to cover temporary teaching replacement needs. Faculty Fellows will remain in residence at UCSD and be asked to present their research at the Center's faculty luncheon series. Faculty are not eligible if, within the last two years, they have received a UC President's Fellowship in the Humanities or a major fellowship such as a Guggenheim or NEH that provided a leave of two quarters or more. Maximum award: $5,000.
  4. Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship: supports dissertation research of graduate students from the Division of Arts and Humanities. The stipend is to be taken during one quarter of the academic year, in lieu of all other campus fellowships and employment. Maximum award: $4,000.
  5. African-American Literature and History: supports research, conferences, and a lectureship in this area. Maximum award: $10,000.
  6. Ethnic Literature and History: supports research, conferences, and a lectureship in this area. Maximum award: $10,000.
  7. Community Outreach: supports events that involve the local community and community organizations and contribute to the interaction of UCSD faculty and the San Diego community. Maximum award: $10,000.
  8. Conference Attendance: supports travel to a conference in which the faculty member is presenting his/her research. The conference should be directly related to the faculty member's research.
  9. Special Projects: support new innovative projects that do not fit into any previous category.

ELIGIBILITY: Faculty--All members of the Academic Senate who are eligible for funds from the Committee on Research are eligible. Members of the Executive Committee of the UCSD Center for the Humanities are not eligible to apply during their time of service. Graduate Students--Full-time graduate students in the Division of Arts and Humanities in good standing and who have advanced to candidacy are eligible for the dissertation awards.

DEADLINE: Proposals should be submitted no later than Thursday, January 25, 2001, 3:00 p.m. Late or incomplete proposals will not be considered. Awards will be announced by the beginning of March.
Miscellaneous Announcements

Benefits/Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment notices, which explain the benefit plan changes for the year 2001, were mailed at the end of October to employees' home addresses. Open Enrollment is from November 1 through November 30, 2000, and actions taken during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2001. A "Benefits Expo" is scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. , in Price Center Ballrooms A and B. Plan representatives will be available to answer questions. Information about Open Enrollment is also available at