October 2001 News
John D. Blanco joins our department as Assistant Professor of Literatures of
the Americas. He completed his dissertation, "Vernacular Counterpoints:
Indigenous Cosmopolitanism and the Modern Aesthetic in Spanish-Filipino and
Tagalog Literature and Culture (1837-1896)" in the Comparative Literature
Department at UC Berkeley in May 2001. Professor Blanco works in Spanish, Latin,
Tagalog and English; his comparatist approach allows him to study both the
nineteenth-century Spanish Caribbean and the Philippines, and traces the
emergence of both national and vernacular aesthetics that translate, in part,
colonial Spanish Enlightenment and Christian humanisms. He is the author of
numerous published articles on Filipino literature and aesthetics, and has
translated and introduced Divergent Modernities in Latin America: Culture and
Politics in the Nineteenth Century, by Julio Ramos (Duke University Press,
2001). John Blanco is at work on several postdoctoral projects, one on the
postcolonial subject in Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines, a second on the 1898
U.S. war with Spain.
Yingjin Zhang received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford
University in 1992 and previously held a position in East Asian Languages and
Cultures and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. He joins our
department as Professor of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and
Culture. Professor Zhang's research and teaching interests include film and
media studies and urban and visual culture. His first book, The City in Modern
Chinese Literature and Film: Configurations of Space, Time and Gender (Stanford
UP, 1996) studies the city/country antithesis in modern Chinese literary
history, giving attention to the representation of Beijing and Shanghai as
"traditional" and "modern" cities. His forthcoming Screening
China: Critical Interventions, Cinematic Reconfigurations, and the Transnational
Imaginary in Contemporary Chinese Cinema (University of Michigan Press) takes up
the "global cultural politics" of Chinese cinema from Hong Kong,
Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China, considering both the representation
of China in Chinese films and the critical discourse, especially western transnational discourse, that selectively
interprets Chinese cinema. He has edited two collections: China in a Polycentric
World (Stanford UP, 1998) is a volume of essays that propose a shift from a
model of Chinese-Western comparativism to a critical reading of Chinese or
China-related texts using a variety of new critical approaches; the volume
Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943, establishes cinema as a vital
force in early twentieth-century Shanghai culture.
|Acting Chair (Fall Quarter)
|Vice Chair (Fall Quarter)
|Director of Graduate Studies
|Director of Undergraduate
||Alain J.-J. Cohen
| Literatures in English
Literatures in French
|| Marcel Hénaff
|Literatures in German
Literatures in Spanish
| Literatures of the World
Will Alexander, Lecturer
Los Angeles novelist, poet and essayist known
especially for his fusion of Afrocentric myth and culture and European
Surrealism; LTWR 115--Experimental Writing
Victor Bascara, Visiting Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of English,
University of Georgia; Asian American studies, postcolonial studies, American
literature, African American literature, queer theory; LTEN 181--Asian American
Fraser Cocks, Director, Thurgood Marshall College Dimensions of Culture
LTEN 160--Ideas and Photographic Images in American Culture:
Representations of Culture
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
132--Modern Irish Literature and Culture: From Land League to Civil War
Ron S. Ipock, Associate in Literature
Ph.D. Candidate, Classics, UC Irvine;
Greek and Roman drama, Hellenistic history; LTLA 132--Lyric and Elegiac Poetry
Michael Krekorian, Lecturer
Widely published writer of short fiction who has
held visiting positions at USC, SDSU, CSU Fresno, as well as UCSD; LTWR
Patrick J. Ledden, Provost, Muir College
LTEN 190--Seminar: James
Jeyseon Lee, Lecturer
Ph.D., Korean Linguistics, University of Hawaii;
language instruction; LKO 1A--First-Year Korean, LTKO 2A--Intermediate Korean:
Second Year, and LTKO 3A--Advanced Korean: Third Year
Paul Naylor, Lecturer
Formerly Associate Professor of English, University of
Memphis; modern and postmodern American poetry and poetics, philosophy and
literature, literary theory; LTEN 24--Introduction to the Literature of the
United States, and LTEN 152--The Origins of American Literature
Thomas A. Nelson, Visiting Professor
Professor Emeritus, Department of
English and Comparative Literature, SDSU; screen writing, literary analysis,
film studies; LTWR 110--Screen Writing
Maurice Stevens, Lecturer
Ph.D. History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz;
critical race theory and African American studies; LTCS 130--Gender,
Race/Ethnicity, Class and Culture
Malama Tsimenis, Lecturer
Ph.D. Candidate, French Literature, University of
Montreal; 19th c. French literature, language instruction, translation; LTFR
2C--Intermediate French III: Composition and Cultural Topics
Rae Armantrout, The Pretext (book of poems). Los Angeles: Green Integer
Press, July 2001.
Alain J.-J. Cohen, "Piero della Francesca's
Flagellazione. The painter
as filmmaker" [Reprint, English version with variations of Italian article
in Il Cannocchiale, 2 (2000)], Visio. The Journal of the International
Association for Visual Semiotics, 5.4 (2001): 99-111.
Arthur J. Droge, "Discerning the Body: Early Christian Sex and Other
Apocryphal Acts," eds. A. Y. Collins and M. M. Mitchell, Antiquity and
Humanity: Essays on Ancient Religion and Philosophy. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck,
Milos Kokotovic, "Mario Vargas Llosa Writes Of(f) the Native: Modernity
and Cultural Heterogeneity in Peru," Revista Canadiense de Estudios
Hispánicos, 25.3 (2001): 445-467.
"Intellectuals and Their Others: What is
to be Done? (On John Beverley's Subalternity and Representation),"
Diaspora, 9.2 (2000): 287-308.
Lisa Lowe, "Epistemological Shifts: National Ontology and the New Asian
Immigrant," Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora, eds.
Kandice Chuh and Karen Shimakawa. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.
Rosaura Sánchez and
Pita, Conflicts of Interest: The Letters of
María Amparo Ruiz de Burton. Houston: Arte Público Press, 2001.
Lisa Yoneyama, Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific
War(s), co-edited with T.
Fujitani and Geoffrey M. White. Duke University Press, 2001.
Yingjin Zhang (articles are in Chinese) "Between Hong Kong and Shanghai:
Nostalgia, Cinema, and Cultural Imaginaries," Chung-Wai Literary Monthly [a
referred journal in Taipei], 29.10 (March 2001): 51-67.
"A Variety of
Styles and Expressions: On the 2000 Taipei Film Awards," and "A Survey
of Mainland Chinese Films, 1999-2000," A Map of Taiwan Film Culture in
2000, ed. Taipei Chinese Film Archive. Taipei: Yuanliu, 2001: 235-237, 253-262.
and Other Achievements
Rae Armantrout's poem "The Plan" was selected to appear in Best
American Poetry of 2001 (ed. Robert Hass, New York: Scribner, August 2001: 32).
Anthony Edwards has been appointed Director of the UCSD Classical Studies
Program, effective July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2004.
Susan Larsen was awarded a 2001 Chancellor's Summer Faculty Fellowship to
support the final stage of work on her book manuscript Reading and Writing
Girlhood in Late Imperial Russia.
Exams and Defenses
The following graduate students successfully completed
qualifying examinations or defenses:
- Natalia Chan, Ph.D. Defense,
"City on the Edge of Time: Hong Kong Culture and the 1997 Issue"
- Yu-Fang Cho, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
- Clarissa Clo, Ph.D. Qualifying
- Abbie Cory, Ph.D. Defense, "'Gentle and Lovely Form, what didst
thou here?': Women and Rebellion in English and Irish Literature:
- Omayra Cruz, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
- Jose de Pierola, MA
Thesis Defense, "En voz propia: El conflicto entre oralidad y escritura en
'La guerra silenciosa' de Manuel Scorza"
- Liberty Smith, Ph.D. Qualifying
- Katherine Voyles, MA Thesis Defense, "'Knots of the Navy:'
Gender and Rank in Jane Austen's Persuasion"
Hassan A. Dhouti,
Ph.D. Defense, "Cubanismo: Race, Class, and Revolution"
Fellows and Visiting Scholars
Nam Young Chung, Associate Professor of English Literature and Linguistics,
Kyungwon University, Sungnam City, Korea; Visiting Scholar ( 9/01 through 8/02)
under the sponsorship of Masao Miyoshi; conducting research on literary theory.
Hongxin Jiang, Professor of English, College of Foreign Languages, Hunan
Normal University, Changsha, P.R. China; Visiting Scholar (1/01 - 1/02) under
the sponsorship of Masao Miyoshi; studying teaching methods.
Jong-Seong Kim, Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, Soongsil Univesity,
Seoul, Korea; Visiting Scholar (3/01 through 2/02) under the sponsorship of
Wai-lim Yip; conducting research on Chinese prose literature.
Tanja Kudrjavtseva, instructor of Russian and Comparative Literature,
University of Tromsoe, Norway; Visiting Scholar (1/01 - 1/02) under the
sponsorship of Rosemary George; working on a project titled "National
Childhood Imagery: Aitmatov and Iskander."
James Kyung-Jin Lee, Ph.D.in English, UCLA; UC President's Postdoctoral
Fellow (fellowship renewed for the 2001-02 academic year), under the continued
mentorship of Rosaura Sánchez; conducting research focusing on brokered
political identities among contemporary U.S. writers.
Aránzazu Usandizaga, Professor of English, University of Barcelona, Spain;
Visiting Scholar (6//01 - 10/01) under the sponsorship of Jorge Mariscal;
conducting research on American women writers of the Spanish Civil War.
|I am deeply saddened to report that Laurel Mannen passed away on September
16, 2001, following a long and courageous battle with complications brought on
by acute respiratory illness. Laurel Mannen was an extraordinarily talented
artist and longtime dedicated member of the UCSD staff. She began her career at
UCSD back in 1986 in the Judaic Studies Program, and made invaluable
administrative and artistic contributions to the campus until--and even
beyond--her retirement from the university in 1998. In 1997, she undertook an
extensive design project for the Literature Building that included seminar room
displays, new signage and color schemes, and the now familiar Literature
Department logo that appears at the top of this newsletter. Laurel Mannen will
be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Her enthusiasm and creativity will
surround us for many years to come. Our deepest sympathy to the co-workers,
friends, and loved ones of Laurel Mannen.
-- Lucinda Rubio-Barrick Management
Services Officer Department of Literature
NEW WRITING SERIES, Fall Quarter Schedule
All readings will take place at
4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Performing Space.
- Tuesday, October 16, Jacques
- Thursday, October 25, Elizabeth Alexander
- Wednesday, October 31, Bob
- Thursday, November 8, Will Alexander
- Wednesday, November 14, Bill
- Tuesday, November 20, Ed Friedman
NICANOR TIONGSON Lecture and Seminar
University of the Philippines (Diliman)
professor Nicanor Tiongson will be speaking on "Laughter as Subversion: The
Pusong (Trickster) in Philippine Theater," Thursday, October 18 at 2:00
p.m. in the deCerteau Room (155 Literature Building). Professor Tiongson has
written extensively on a wide range of subjects in Filipino colonial and
post-colonial cultural history, ranging from theater and the performing arts to
film. He is currently a visiting professor in the Department of South and
Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
lecture will be followed by a seminar the next afternoon (Friday, October 19 at
2:00 p.m. in the same venue), where Professor Tiongson will discuss various
central themes in his current research on Filipino theater. Seminar readings
will be available in Barbara Saxon's office, 3133 Literature Building, two weeks
prior to the scheduled event.
DAVID ROMAN, Associate Professor, Department of English and the Program in
American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, will speak on
"Latino Genealogies: Broadway and Beyond, the Case of John Leguizamo,"
Friday, November 16, 3:00 p.m., in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature
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 http://www.mla.org.
For further information see the Web site, or Barbara Saxon or Ana Minvielle.
Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and Poet Laureate Contest
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 Grants (Academic Senate Committee on Research)
members may apply for research support for the 2001-02 academic year. Grants
generally do not exceed $7,000; funds may be awarded for supplies, field work,
research and general assistance, travel for research purposes, and equipment.
Limited funds are available to support the final preparation of manuscripts for
submission to publishers. Priority is given to junior and new faculty with no
extramural support, to Academic Senate members over non-Senate members, and to
new projects that will lead to extramural support. Funds will not be provided
for expenses incurred prior to the submission deadline date, and second
applications in the same fiscal year will receive low priority. Faculty should
turn in their completed application forms to Nancy Ho-Wu by no later than
Thursday, October 18, 2001, so she may obtain the required Chair's signature in
time to meet the 2:00 p.m., October 19 deadline for submission at the Academic
Senate Office. Applications received after the committee's deadline will be
returned. More information and application forms are available at http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/forms.htm
or from Nancy Ho-Wu.
Travel to Scholarly Meetings (Academic Senate Committee on Research)
Senate members may apply for travel expenses to national and international
conferences or symposia at which they will present papers on their research or
organize and preside over one or more sessions. Because available funds are
insufficient to cover all requests, other sources of funding, if any, must be
utilized first. Only one trip per fiscal year for any Senate member will be
awarded. Ceilings are $500 for Eastern/Atlantic, $350 for Central, and $250 for
Mountain/Pacific time zones. Foreign travel will be supported at 75% of the
lowest published fare or of the actual fare, whichever is lower. Awards may not
exceed $1,000. When airfare is covered by other sources, lodging and conference
fees may be reimbursed, with receipts, up to the limits above. A copy of the
letter inviting or accepting the paper and a description of the nature of the
meeting must accompany the request for funds. Completed applications should be
submitted to Nancy Ho-Wu by no later than Thursday, October 18,
2001, so she can
obtain the required chair's signature in time to meet the 2:00 p.m., October 19
deadline at the Academic Senate Office. Applications received after the
committee's deadline will be reviewed in January 2002. Application forms are
available at http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor.htm
or from Nancy Ho-Wu.
Intercampus Exchange Program Grants (Academic Senate Committee on Research)
Airfare is provided to Academic Senate members and registered graduate students
for travel to other UC campuses for research study, and to faculty invited to
UCSD from other UC campuses for the purpose of consultations which will benefit
UCSD faculty. These funds may not be used for travel to attend conferences or
present papers. Awards are made within departments for the lowest published
airfare not to exceed $250, or mileage in lieu of airfare. No other expenses are
allowable. See Nancy Ho-Wu for an application.
UC President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities, 2002-03
18 awards of up to $25,000 will be awarded through a universitywide competition.
The fellowships may be used to supplement sabbatical leave or extramural funds
to assist in providing a fully paid leave period. Active ladder-rank faculty,
including lecturers who are members of the Academic Senate, doing research in
the Humanities are eligible to apply; Assistant Professors are encouraged to
apply. Applications must be received by October 12, 2001. Additional information
and application materials are available at http://www.ucop.edu/research/prfh.html
or by contacting President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities, UC Office
of the President, 1111 Franklin Street, 11th Floor, Oakland CA 94607-5200; (510)
987-9472; or firstname.lastname@example.org
University of California Humanities Research Institute Call for Program
- 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. HRI will host a workshop for developing research
group proposals on October 12, 2001. For further information call (949)
- 2002-03 Conferences. HRI conference grants range from $5,000 to
$15,000, but rarely exceed $10,000. Grants require at least 50% in matching
funds from campus or other sources. The HRI Advisory Committee will award
conference grants for 2002-03 at its Fall 2001 meeting. Proposals must be
received by October 15, 2001.
- 2002-03 Seminars. HRI seminar grants range from
$3,000 to $5,000 and are awarded with the expectation of an additional 50% in
matching funds. Proposals should address the benefits of hosting a one- or
two-day event that assembles scholars from the UC system and other universities
to discuss a particular research issue. The Advisory Committee will award
seminar grants for 2002-03 at its Fall 2001 meeting. Proposals must be received
by October 15, 2001.
Further information is located on the HRI Web site at http://www.hri.uci.edu.
You may also wish to discuss proposal ideas with Lisa
Lowe, UCSD representative on the 2001-02 Advisory Committee.
Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowship for 2002-03 at the American Antiquarian
Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the
doctorate are eligible to apply. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide the
recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the
dissertation for publication. The topic should be relevant to the Society's
library collections and programmatic scope--American history and culture through
1876. The 12-month stipend for the fellowship is $35,000, and the deadline for
applications is October 15, 2001. Additional information is available at
http://www.americanantiquarian.org (508) 755-5221; or Mellon Post-Dissertation
Fellowships, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA
Stanford Humanities Center Fellowships for 2002-03
- External Faculty
Fellowships offer research opportunities to members of humanities departments
and to other scholars interested in humanistic issues. Eligible areas include
history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, archeology, history and
criticism of the arts, ethics, comparative religion, and those aspects of the
social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches (social and
cultural anthropology sociology, political theory, international relations, and
other subjects concerned with questions of value). Awards are made across the
spectrum of academic ranks and to independent scholars. The application deadline
is October 15, 2001.
- Rockefeller Fellowships in Black Performing Arts, offered
in conjunction with the Stanford Committee on Black Performing Arts, fund
research that examines the character and global influences of black arts and
culture, with a specific focus on performance and black studies, or that places
black performance in a comparative context. Awards are usually made to one
senior and one junior scholar. The application deadline is November 1,
the above categories of awards, applicants must be three years beyond receipt of
the Ph.D. (or MFA for the Rockefeller Fellowships) at the time the award begins.
Stipends of up to $40,000 are offered to senior scholars and up to $25,000 to
junior scholars, with an additional housing/moving allowance of up to $12,500.
Additional information is available at http://shc.stanford.edu
or from the
Fellowship Program, Stanford Humanities Center, Mariposa House, Stanford CA
The UCSD Civic Collaborative
The UCSD Civic Collaborative, funded by the Pew
Charitable Trusts, is pleased to announce its fourth annual initiative to
connect UCSD faculty to community issues and civic life in the San Diego/
Tijuana region by offering financial support for small grants in teaching and
research. The application deadline is October 26, 2001, and funding decisions
will be announced on November 19, 2001. Please contact Abraham Shragge
at (858) 822-3124 for more information.
Visiting Fellows Program, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities,
In 2002-03, this year-long interdisciplinary faculty
fellows program will focus on the theme "Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural
Politics," under the co-directorship of Associate Professors Carolyn Dever
(Department of English) and John Sloop (Communications Studies). The center
invites applications from scholars in all disciplines. Fellows are provided with
offices at the center and a stipend of up to $35,000. Completed applications
must be postmarked by January 15, 2002. For more
information write to Executive Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the
Humanities, Box 1534, Station B, Nashville, TN 37235.
This year's annual Open Enrollment period for health and welfare plan changes
begins November 1 and concludes
November 30, 2001. A Benefits health and welfare informational event 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 will soon be
available at http://www.ucop.edu/bencom