January 2002 News

New Publications

Alain J.-J. Cohen, "Kubrick: Ethique et esthétique de la Voix Off [Voice over]," Puissances de la voix. Corps sentant, corde sensible, eds. S. Badir and H. Parret, PULIM Presses Universitaires de Limoges, Collection Nouveaux actes sémiotiques (2001): 189-203

Yingjin Zhang, "The Corporeality of Erotic Imagination: A Study of Pictorials and Cartoons in Republican China," Illustrating Asia: Comics, Humor Magazines and Picture Books, ed. John A. Lent (London: Curzon Press, 2001): 121-136.

Awards and Other Achievements

Lisa Lowe has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Division on Sociological Approaches to Literature of the MLA (Modern Language Association) for a five-year term, 2001-06.

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

  • Edmond Yi-Teh Chang, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense, "The Aesthetics of Wu: Wang Bi's Ontological Para-digm and the Transformation of Chinese Aesthetics"
  • Yajaira Michelle Padilla, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Jose Salvador Ruiz, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Raul Sandelin, M.A. Comprehensive Examination
  • Erin Smith, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
Winter Quarter Visiting Instructors

Victor Bascara, Visiting Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, English, University of Georgia; Asian American studies, postcolonial studies, American literature, African American literature, queer theory; LTEN 18--Introduction to Asian American Literature

Abbie Cory, UCSD Faculty Fellow
Ph.D., Literatures in English, UCSD; literature of the British Isles, women and literature, modern Irish literature; gender and politics in the Romantic and early Victorian periods; LTEN 127A--Victorian Period, Themes and Issues: the 1840s

Diane D'Andrade, Lecturer
Executive Editor, Harcourt Brace and Co., Publishers; editor of numerous award-winning children's books; LTWR 107--Writing for Children

Robert Dorn, Lecturer
Practicing journalist and investigative reporter, who retired in July 2001 from a long term lectureship in the Department of Literature; LTWR 121--Reportage

Jeyseon Lee, Lecturer
Ph.D., Korean Linguistics, University of Hawaii; language instruction; LTKO 1B--Beginning Korean: First Year; LTKO 2B--Intermediate Korean: Second Year; LTKO 3B--Advanced Korean: Third Year

Stephen-Paul Martin, Lecturer
Ph.D., English Literature, New York University; author of numerous books of poetry and prose; editor at American Book Review; Lecturer, SDSU; LTWR 100--Short Fiction; LTWR 120--Personal Narrative

Paul Naylor, Lecturer
Modern and postmodern American poetry and poetics, philosophy and literature, literary theory; LTEN 149--Themes in English and American Literature: The Dividing Line Culture and Nature in Early American Literature

Maurice Stevens, Lecturer
Ph.D. History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz; critical race theory and African American studies; LTCS 150--Topics in Cultural Studies: Catastrophe, Cataclysm, Torture and Trauma--The Use of Narrative in Cultural Recovery

Malama Tsimenis, Lecturer
Ph.D. Candidate, French Literature, University of Montreal; 19th c. French literature, language instruction, translation; LTFR 2C--Intermediate French II: Composition and Cultural Contexts

New Postdoctoral Scholars

Enikö Bollobás, January 2002, under the sponsorship of Donald Wesling
Professor Bollobás is Chair of the Department of American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. She is conducting research on American poetry and poetics.

John Peradotto, January through March 2002, under the sponsorship of Anthony Edwards
John Peradotto is Professor Emeritus of Classics, SUNY Buffalo, and co-founder of the journal Arethusa. He is working on a book on Greek prophecy.

New Staff

Patricia Valiton joined the Literature Department staff in mid-December to replace Barbara Saxon as Assistant to the Chair. She brings with her extensive and varied experience from administrative positions at UCSD, most recently in Academic Affairs and the Publications Office. Patricia holds a B.A. in English and has completed graduate courses in Literature. She served as editor of a college literary journal and has written study guides to novels for use in primary and secondary schools. As part of her responsibilities in the department, she will take charge of the Literature Department Newsletter.


LISA DUGGAN, author of Sapphic Slashers (Duke UP, 2000) and Sex Wars (Routledge, 1997), will be speaking at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, at the Cross Cultural Center. Lisa Duggan is an Associate Professor of American Studies at NYU. Her talk, "The New Homonormativity: The Sexual and Racial Politics of Neoliberalism," is sponsored by LGBTRO, the Women's Center, and the Department of Literature.

NEW WRITING SERIES, Winter Quarter 2002
Events take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space unless otherwise noted

  • Wednesday, January 16, Honor Moore, playwright, biographer and poet. Her books include The White Blackbird, a biography of her grandmother, the painter Margarett Sargent, Mourning Papers (a play) and a recent book of poems, Darling (Grove Press).
  • Wednesday, January 23, Michelle Tea and Kassy Kayiatos. Michelle Tea is the author of The Passionate Mistakes And Intricate Corruption Of One Girl In America (Semiotexte) and Valencia (Seal Press), and one of the founders of San Francisco based spoken word troupe, Sister Spit. Kassy Kayiatos is a transgender spoken word artist and a member of the Sister Spit troupe. He has also toured with Wasted Motel Tour. To be held at 5:30 in the the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space.
  • Wednesday, January 30, Mary Jo Bang. Her recent appearance in the poetry world has been spectacular, with the publication of three books since 1997. Louise In Love (Grove) and The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (University of Georgia Press) both appeared in 2001.
  • Wednesday, February 13, Clayton Eshleman, for decades an influential force in American poetry. The two literary magazines he edited, Caterpillar and Sulfur, helped define a new, eclectic avant-garde. His recent books include Hotel Cro-Magnon, Under World Arrest, and From Scratch (all from Black Sparrow). To be held from 4:00-6:00 in the Literature Building Room 155.
  • Wednesday, February 20, Tom Raworth, peripatetic British poet, well know on several continents. He is the author of over thirty books including Tottering State and Clean and Well Lit. In 2003, a special issue of The Gig magazine (Canada) will be devoted to articles on Raworth's poetry.
  • Wednesday, March 6, Elizabeth Algravez, Eduardo Arrellano, Carlos Gutierrez, and Heriberto Yepez, young poets from Baja California, Mexico. Their work appears in Al Otro Lado /Across The Line, edited by Mark Weiss and Harry Polkinhorn (Junction Press, 2002). Mark Weiss will join the poets to read from his translations of their work.
Research/Fellowship Opportunities

Research Grants and Travel to Scholarly Meetings, Academic Senate Committee on Research
The next deadline for Academic Senate members to apply for Research Grants and/or Travel to Scholarly Meetings is January 15, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. Calls for applications are updated on a continuing basis at http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/calls.html; and application forms are available at http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor.htm, or from Nancy Ho-Wu. Questions may be directed to Michelle Null at the Academic Senate Office (534-2130).

UCSD Center for the Humanities Call for Program Proposals for the 2002-03 Academic year
The Center will consider support in the following categories:

  1. Collaborative Group Research Planning Grants: provide initial support for group projects with 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 of interest to the university and 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 (Guggenheim, NEH, etc.) 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 for the purpose of devoting full-time work towards completion of the dissertation. Maximum award: $4,000.
  5. Distinguished Visiting Scholars: provides travel expenses, per diem, and a maximum $1000 honorarium for up to three outstanding humanists to stay on campus three to five days. They will deliver a public lecture, departmental seminar, and meet with faculty and students. Faculty should submit nominations to the department Chair for approval and departmental endorsement. Applications are then forwarded by the Chair to the Center for Humanities Executive Committee. Preference will be given to topics of interest across disciplines that would appeal to the general public. The department will share in some of the minor costs, and all visit arrangements will be handled by the department.
  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 organ-izations and contribute to the interaction of 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--Unless otherwise stated in the category, all members of the Academic Senate who are eligible for funds from the Committee on Research are eligible, except emeriti or faculty on recall; and 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 are eligible for the dissertation awards. Doctoral students must have advanced to candidacy.

DEADLINE: Proposals should be submitted no later than Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 3:00 p.m. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Awards will be announced by March 2002.

UCHRI 2002-03 Kevin Starr Postdoctoral Fellowships in California Studies
UCHRI invites applications from UC postdoctoral scholars for a one-year residential fellowship in California studies to provide time and support to advance the scholar's project toward publication. The project must be on an aspect of California studies that contributes to a cultural, social, historical, political, or economic understanding of the state. The UC Press will have the first option to publish the resulting manuscript. The fellow will receive a stipend of $29,000, a housing allowance, health insurance, and a research/travel budget. Eligible applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. from the UC no earlier than 1999 or must file their dissertation by June 15, 2002. Completed applications must be received by February 1, 2002. See www.hri.uci.edu for detailed guidelines.