November 2001 News

New Publications

Rae Armantrout, Veil: New and Selected Poems. Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2001.

Nicole King, C.L.R. James and Creolization: Circles of Influence. University Press of Mississippi, 2001.



The remaining Fall Quarter readings will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Performance Space.

  • Thursday, November 8, Will Alexander Will Alexander is a poet, novelist, essayist and playwright, whose recent books include Above the Human Nerve Domain, Towards the Primeval Lighting Field, and Alien Weaving.
  • Wednesday, November 14, Bill Mohr/Paul Naylor Bill Mohr's poems, prose poems, dramatic monologues, and book reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies over the past thirty years, including FTS, Sic (Vice and Verse), and The Antioch Review. Paul Naylor's poems and essays have appeared in Contemporary Literature, Cross-Cultural Poetics, New American Writing, Postmodern Culture, and Sagetrieb, among others.
  • Tuesday, November 20, Ed Friedman Multi-media artist (and alumnus of UCSD), Ed Friedman has served as artistic director of the Poetry Project at St Mark's Church in New York City since 1987.

Literature Department Lecture Series

  • Yujin Yaguchi, Associate Professor, Center for Pacific and American Studies, University of Tokyo; and Fulbright Commission Scholar, The Center for Cultural Studies, UC Santa Cruz "Evolution of Paradise: Japanese Tourist Discourse about Hawai'i" Tuesday, November 13, 3:00 p.m. deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Co-sponsored by the Japanese Studies Program

  • Mari Yoshihara, Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa "'When I Don Your Silken Draperies:' White Women's Performances of Asian Femininity, c1898-1920s" Tuesday, November 13, 4:00 p.m. deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building Co-sponsored by the Women's Center, the Department of History, and the Japanese Studies Program 

  • David Roman, Associate Professor, Department of English and the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California "Latino Genealogies: Broadway and Beyond, the Case of John Leguizamo" Friday, November 16, 3:00 p.m. deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

A Poetry Reading with 
Tuesday, November 13, 4:00 p.m. 
UCSD Cross-Cultural Center (Gallery) 

William Meredith was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 1988 for Partial Accounts. In World War II and the Korean War, he served as a naval aviator. His first book of poems, Love Letter from an Impossible Land (1944) was chosen by Archibald MacLeish for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He has translated Apollinaire's Alcools and a number of texts by Bulgarian poets.

Richard Harteis is the author of five books of poetry and prose. He has lived in Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Bulgaria. His novel Sapphire Dawn (2000) deals with the AIDS crisis and armed conflict in the Middle East, posing the timely question of how long humanity will survive into the next millennium. 

For directions to the UCSD Cross-Cultural Center, call (858) 534-9689.

JON R. STONE, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the California State University campus in Bakersfield "The Quest of the American Jesus" Wednesday, November 14, 12:00 noon Price Center, Gallery A Sponsored by the Program for the Study of Religion.

Panel for Literature Undergraduate Majors Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Colloquium #1: The MLA Interview Process with faculty and graduate student panelists Thursday, November 15, 4:15 p.m. deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

NEIL LARSEN, Professor, Department of Spanish and Comparative Literature, and Co-Director, Program in Critical Theory, UC Davis, will speak on "Critical Theory in the 'Aftermath:' some First Observations," Monday, November 19, 4:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Professor Larsen's publications include Modernism and Hegemony: A Materialist Critique of Aesthetic Agencies (U of Minn 1990), Reading North by South: On Latin American Literature, Culture and Politics (U of Minn 1995), and Determinations: Essays on Narrative, Postcolonial Theory and Nation in the Americas (Verso 2001).

MacArthur Genius Award recipient ANNE CARSON will speak on Thursday, November 29 (4:00 p.m., deCerteau Room) on "Decreation: How Women Like Sappho, Marguerite Porete, and Simone Weil Tell God." Anne Carson, who holds the McNaughton Chair of Classical Studies at McGill University, is a fiercely original scholar and poet. Her poetry, which is both narrative and elliptically philosophical, often extends her study of the Greek world into new imaginative territory. Autobiography of Red (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998), for instance, is the coming-of-age story of a Greek mythological monster, Geryon, who is also a gay youth in the 20th century. Professor Carson's recent books include Sophokles Elektra: Translation with Commentary and Notes (Oxford University Press, 2001), The Beauty of the Husband (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001), and If Not, Winter: fragments of Sappho translated with commentary (Afred A. Knopf, forthcoming 2002).

UCSD-TV, November 2001 

  • Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m., "Victor Villanseñor: Thirteen Senses" 
  • Tuesday, November 6, 8:00 p.m., "Light Upon Light: The Music of Wadada Leo Smith and Harumi Makino Smith" 
  • Tuesday, November 13, 8:00 p.m., "Opera Talk! with Nick Reveles: Donizetti's Don Pasquale" 
  • Tuesday, November 20, 8:00 p.m., "Spirits Desperado: The Poetry of Michael McClure" 

For a complete program schedule, please call (858) 534-3535 or see


2001 Modern Language Association Convention 
Scheduled this year in New Orleans, the 117th annual convention of the MLA will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, and end at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 30. It will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans (English sessions), New Orleans Marriott (foreign language sessions and exhibit hall), and Fairmont (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. Hotels are assigned on a first-come, first served basis, and preregistration fees and housing request forms must be received by December 1, via mail or the MLA Web site For further information see the Web site, or Barbara Saxon or Ana Minvielle.


Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and Poet Laureate Contest 
The Department of Literature, UCSD, is accepting campus submissions for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and the Poet Laureate Contest. 

The Ina Coolbrith competition was established by friends of the late Ina Donna Coolbrith, California's first Poet Laureate. $500 is available annually 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 last four digits of the entrant's Social Security number and the name of the contest 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, permanent address, telephone number, email address, last four digits of the Social Security number, contest name (Poet Laureate or Coolbrith), and title of entry (or the first four words). 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 14, 2001.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

2002-03 University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 
This program offers approximately twenty research/faculty mentoring fellowships at any of the UC campuses to scholars committed to university careers that will enhance the diversity of the UC academic community. For fellowships in the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Professions, a research emphasis on diversity, multi-culturalism and/or communities underserved by traditional academic research is preferred. Applicants (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) should anticipate completion of the Ph.D. by July 1, 2002. For the 2002-03 academic year, awards include a stipend of approximately $31,000, health benefits, and up to $4,000 for research-related expenses. Renewal for a second year is possible. Application materials must be postmarked by November 15, 2001.

2002-03 Research Opportunities in American Modernism, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center 
The center, located in downtown Santa Fe, annually offers three- to twelve-month residential fellowships to one historian in each of the following disciplines: art, architecture and design, literature, music, and photography. Scholars who hold a doctorate (or comparable degree and/or experience) and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply. Applications must be postmarked by December 3, 2001. Further information is available at

UC Humanities Research Institute Call for Fellowships Applications for 2002-03 Resident Research Groups

HRI invites applications from UC faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and advanced graduate students for residential fellowships to participate in one of four research groups that will convene during 2002-03 on the UC Irvine campus: "Global Intentions: Improvisation in the Contemporary Performing Arts," Fall 2002, Convener, George Lewis, Music, UCSD; "Gesture as Inscription: Movement, Art, and Writing," Fall 2002, Convener, Carrie Noland, French and Italian, UC Irvine; "Redress in Law, Literature and Social Thought," Winter-Spring 2003, Convener, Stephen Best, English, UC Berkeley; and "Feminism, Global Cultures, and Cyberspace," Spring 2003, Convener, Victoria Bernal, Anthro-pology, UC Irvine. 

The deadline for receipt of postdoctoral and graduate student applications is December 3, 2001. Postdoctoral applicants must have received their Ph.D. from the UC within the past two years or by June 15, 2002. 

Graduate student applicants must be advanced to candidacy by the time of application. Faculty applications must be received by December 14, 2001. Graduate students who are advanced to candidacy by the time of application, whose research involves humanities and medicine, and who can relate their work to one of the research group projects listed above, may also apply for an Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Scholarship. Applications also must be received by December 3, 2001. 

For further information and application packets, contact (949) 824-4219 or; or see

2003-04 Resident Research Groups 
HRI is currently inviting proposals for research groups to be in residence at the institute in 2003-04. The Advisory Committee will select recipients at its Winter 2002 meeting. Proposals must be received by December 14, 2001. Further information is located at You may also wish to discuss proposal ideas with Lisa Lowe, UCSD representative on the 2001-02 Advisory Committee.

UCSD Interdisciplinary Research Program 
(Academic Senate Committee on Research) 

The Committee on Research has announced a program of grants to support collaborative research of faculty from two or more campus departments. Two kinds of grants are offered: to support co-taught undergraduate or graduate seminars and to support interdisciplinary faculty workshops. 

The Seminar Program provides $5000 in course release funds for one faculty member to co-teach a seminar with a faculty member from another department and up to two quarters of support for a half-time graduate student researcher to help with course preparation. 

The Workshop Program provides up to $5000 towards the establishment of an interdisciplinary faculty colloquium on a topic that involves at least two traditional disciplines. Funds may be used towards travel expenses of outside scholars. 

Priority will be given to topics that are exploratory and involve unusual combinations; funds will not be used to support existing interdisciplinary program. Approximately six grants will be awarded for 2002-03. Applications must be submitted by 2:00 p.m. on December 14, 2001. Additional information and the application form are available at

2002-03 Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships 
This fellowship program supports scholars and writers engaged in research on global social and cultural issues relating to diversity, sustainability, and civil society. Individuals can apply for resident fellowships at 24 host institutions, including, among others: Bryn Mawr (Ethnic Identities and Transformations: The Meaning and Experience of Ethnicity in the 21st c.); CUNY (Language and Diaspora Culture); Stanford (Rockefeller Fellowships in Black Performing Arts); UC Berkeley (Community in Contention: Cultures of Crisis, Exile and Democracy); UC Riverside (Global Migration, Social Change and Cultural Transformation); UC Santa Barbara (The Dynamics of Chicana/o Cultural Literacy); University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific); and the University of Texas at Austin (Race, Rights and Resources in the Americas). Institutional applications are also invited. For a complete list of host institutions and more detailed information, see the (large) poster on the "General Notices" bulletin board, in the first-floor hallway of the Literature Building, to the east of the faculty mailboxes.

Benefit/Open Enrollment

This year's annual Open Enrollment period for health and welfare plan changes begins November 1 and concludes November 30, 2001. All Open Enrollment changes will be effective January 1, 2002. An Open Enrollment announcement, including highlights and premium costs for 2002, and a personalized statement of current coverage were mailed to all faculty and staff in late October. A campus Benefits Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, November 20, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. , in Price Center Ballroom B. Plan representatives will be available to answer questions. More information about Open Enrollment is available at