June 2002 News

New Faculty

Eileen Myles has been appointed Professor of Writing effective July 2002. Of her 12 published books, Myles is perhaps best known for her novels Chelsea Girls and Cool for You. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Women on Women 2, Poems for the Nation/A Collection of Contemporary Political Poems, ed. Allen Ginsberg, and The Best American Poetry, 1988, ed. John Ashbery. She has also gained recognition for her critical writing (Art Forum, Book Forum, The Village Voice, The Nation). Her published work, combined with her administrative experience as artistic director at the popular St. Mark’s Church’s Poetry Project, have garnered her a large following, especially in New York City.

Eileen Myles has been teaching fiction and poetry for more than 20 years, most recently at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her teaching experience includes the Community Writing Workshops in New York, the Otis College of Art and Design MFA Program, the Art Center College of Design MFA Program, and The New School for Social Research. She has been Writer in Residence at a number of colleges and centers, including the Minneapolis College of Art, New College (San Francisco), Bard College’s MFA Program, and the California Art Institute. She has held Visiting Artist appointments at numerous colleges and universities, most recently at Hunter College, the University of Maine, UC Santa Cruz, the University of North Carolina, and SUNY Buffalo.

Of the relationship between writing and teaching, Eileen Myles has said, “I’ve always regarded teaching as an extension of my writing and maybe a link between poetry and prose—as well as an opportunity to address the real affinities between genre, time, and intimacy.”

New Publications

Wai-lim Yip "Mountains' Words" (Lyrical Prose), United Daily News. [Taipei, Taiwan] 14 May 2002 literary supplement.

Lisa Yoneyama "Hiroshima/Nagasaki." The Twentieth Century Japanese Thought. Narita Ryuichi and Yoshimi Shunya, Eds. Tokyo: Sakuhinsha, 2002. (In Japanese. Original title: Nijusseiki nihon no shiso)

A Message from Todd Kontje

As the academic year draws to a close I would like to thank Professors Lisa Lowe, Louis Montrose, and Susan Kirkpatrick for their gracious and capable service as acting chairs of the Literature Department. Thanks as well to Michael Davidson and Kathryn Shevelow for stepping in as vice-chairs. The entire department is grateful for your many hours of work.

As you know, I will be stepping in as chair effective July 1, 2002. I have much to learn, but know I can count on the advice and support of faculty, staff, and students in what promises to be an interesting and challenging position.

I wish you an enjoyable and productive summer.

Todd Kontje

Awards and Other Acheivements

Exams and Defenses:

Qualifying Exams:
Adrienne Eastwood - April 30, 2002
Ruben Murillo - April 18, 2002

MAs Awarded:
Amber Foster - May 13, 2002
Melanie Hare - May 21, 2002
Holly D. Hervey - May 28, 2002

PhD Defenses:
Melisa Klimaszweski - May 23, 2002 Title: “Cradle and All: Nursemaids, Domesticity, and Power in Victorian Britain”
Teresa Fiore - May 24, 2002 Title: “Pre-occupied Spaces: Re-configuring the Italian Nation through Its Migrations”

Saier Award and Stewart Prize

This year’s winners of these major undergraduate awards are both seniors majoring in Writing. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success to William Fabro, winner of the Dr. Milton H. Saier, Sr. Memorial Award in Fiction for his short story “The Dissolutions,“ and to Tracy Wilkes, who captured the Stewart Prize in poetry for her entry entitled “e.”

Luis Alvarez-Mayo has accepted a Lecturer position at Rutgers University/Newark Campus for Fall 2002.

Yu-Fang Cho has received two fellowships: 1. A one-year Dissertation Fellowship at the Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) 2. The Bancroft Library Award for archival research at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

Yi-li Kao has been selected as a fellow in the Institute of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Connoisseurship. Together with six other fellows, she will attend the Institute's program in Taiwan for the summer of 2002 and will conduct research at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Debbie Morrow has been named Guest Editor for the July publication of the System Administrators Brief. Her working title is “Out of the Frying Pan -- into the Fire: The Transition from a Novell to a Microsoft Shop.”

Harleen Singh has been awarded a UC Faculty Fellow position in the Women's Studies Department at UC Irvine.

Rita Urquijo-Ruiz has been awarded the Chicana Dissertation Fellowship at the Chicano Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara. Other Achievements

CILAS FELLOWSHIP AND GRANT RECIPIENTS: Congratulations to the following graduate students for capturing prized 2002-03 CILAS awards!

Tinker Field Research Grant:
Jinah Kim

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS):
Maria Bernath

CILAS Dissertation Field Research Grants:
Jose Salvador Ruiz
Tania Triana

Wai-lim Yip will be honored in two events this summer in China and in Taiwan.

  • Since 1998, Anhui Educational Press in China has been working on the publication of Wai-limYip’s Complete (Chinese) Works, a total of 12 volumes. Ten volumes will be released before August 2002. To celebrate this event, the 7th Triennial Congress of Chinese Literature Association, August 14-18, will devote a special workshop to discussing the significance and impact of his work, including the influence of his English writings in the US. Professor Yip has also been asked to give the keynote speech at this meeting. The titles of the 10 volumes are:
    • In Search of Common Poetics between Chinese and Western Cultures: Comparative Poetics
    • Dialogues with Works: History. Hermeneutics. Aesthetics
    • The Growth of Order
      • Section I: Western Modern
      • Section II: Classical Chinese
      • Section III: Modern Chinese
    • Modern Chinese Painting: Morphology (two books) Dialogues with 9 Contemporary Chinese Painters Essays on Modern and Contemporary Chinese Artists
    • Phenomenon. Experience. Expression: Modern Chinese Fiction
    • Reading the Modern and Postmodern: Representing Living and Cultural Spaces
    • Forty Years of Poetry
    • Moving toward Maturer Years (poems)
    • A Million Miles in Meditation (three books of lyrical prose): The Reeds of Europa; In Search of Art and Life; The Quest for Red Leaves
    • The Pursuit of Native Accents (two books of lyrical prose): A Date with Mountains and Rivers; A Chinese Sea
  • To be published later:
    •  Essays on Modern and Contemporary Chinese Poetry
    • And All the Trees Sing: Modern Western Poetry in Translation
  • Beginning in September, the Main Library of National Taiwan University, his alma mater, will mount an exhibition of Wai-lip Yip’s archives (letters, early drafts, photos, journal notes, publications in magazines, some 45 or so of his books and numerous articles). A small conference on his work will launch this event.
June 2002 New Administrative Staff

Heather Fowler has been named Academic Files Coordinator effective May 16, 2002. Heather holds a B.A. in Literature (Writing) from UCSD and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. Most recently Dean of Students at Kelsey-Jenney College in San Diego, she has been a lecturer in English at Cal State Stanislaus and at Modesto Jr. College. Heather also worked in the development office at UC Irvine. She has been Guest Editor for Zoetrope All-Story Extra, the on-line supplement to Coppola's Zoetrope All-Story.

June Events

A Conference by First-Year Students in the Ph.D. Program in Literature
June 3rd, 3pm - 5pm
deCerteau Room  (155 Literature Building )

  1. "Foundationally Speaking: A Review of the Theory Sequence in the First year of the Ph.D. Program" - Jose De Pierola, Frances Gotkowitz, Raymond Salcedo
  2.  "Assassi(nation)s: Theoretical Encounters of Sexuality and National Space in Our Lady of the Assassins" - Chris Guzaitis, Irene Mata, Irmay Reyes-Santos
  3. "Scientific Discourse and Colonialism" - Priya Venkatesan
  4. "Eat Drink Man Woman: Food and Space in the Age of Globalization" - Emily Cheng, Yi-Li Kao, Annie Liu
  5.  "The Testimonial Novel: Female Revolution and Resistance through Imagined and Spoken Voices" - Maria Bernath, Sharna Langlais
  6. "Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Capital, Too)" - Aimee Bahng, Stephanie Ritter, Chuong-Dai Vo

The Program in Classical Studies Presents Julie Ward
Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University
“Aristotle on the Plasticity of Nature: Women, Slaves and Barbarians in Politics”
Tuesday, June 4, 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room (155 Literature Building)

OGSR Commencement is on Saturday, June 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the RIMAC Arena. College commencement ceremonies will be held on June 15 and June 16. Please check the UCSD website for times and locations. Page 3


UC Humanities Research Institute Proposal Development Funds
The UC Humanities Research Institute will fund up to $1500 for travel expenses needed to develop proposals with faculty from other campuses. For information, phone 949-824-8180 or e-mail UCHRI@ucs.edu.

The Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award
The Joseph and May Winston Foundation funds $10,000 for the winner and $2,500 to four finalists for a book of original poetry in English published between June 1, 2001 and May 31, 2002. For information, contact ccurtis@pbk.org.  Deadline: July 1

Harvard University Society of Fellows Three-Year Junior Fellowships
Harvard’s Society of Fellows gives exceptional scholars early in their careers an opportunity to pursue studies in any department without formal requirements. Those still pursuing their Ph.D. should have completed routine training and be well along in writing their dissertations. Contact: Ana Minvielle at aminvielle@ucsd.edu. Deadline: September 6

Academic Senate Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research
The Academic Senate is providing seed grants of $5,000 for:

  1. one faculty member to co-teach an undergraduate or graduate seminar with a faculty member from a different department and up to two quarters of support for a Graduate Student Researcher (at 50% time) to assist in the preparation of the course, or
  2. $5,000 towards the establishment of an inter-disciplinary colloquium that brings together members of different departments or schools.

For information, see the Academic Senate web site: http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor/irp.html. Deadline: October 1

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The Woodrow Wilson International Center awards 20-25 residential fellowships annually. Normally candidates will have demonstrated their scholarly development by publications beyond the Ph.D. dissertation level. For information, see http://www.wilsoncenter.org. Deadline: October 1.

UC President’s Research Fellowships in the Humanities
Academic Senate members doing research in the Humanities are invited to apply for the President’s Research Fellowships in the Humanities. Interactive application materials are available at http://www.ucop.edu/research/prfh. Deadline: October 11

National Humanities Center Fellowships
Fellowships of up to $50,000 are available for both senior and younger scholars, but the latter should be engaged in research other than the revision of a doctoral dissertation. For information, go to http://wwwlnhc.rtp.nc.us or e-mail nhc@ga.unc.edu. Deadline: October 15

Fulbright Scholar Program
Fulbright awards are available to faculty and administrators for terms varying from two months to an academic year or longer. For more information, go to http://www.cies.org

  • Worldwide Application Deadline: August 1
  • Administrator Seminars and German Studies Seminar Deadline: November 1

18th Annual South Asia Conference at Berkeley
February 14-15, 2003.
For information, e-mail csasasst@uclink4.berkeley.edu. Deadline for panel proposals: September 6 Registration deadline: October 4