May 2003 News
Alain J.-J. Cohen
"Blade Runner. Una critica cinematografica del giudizio postmoderno." Lo
Sguardo degli Angeli. Intorno e oltre Blade Runner, ed. P. Bertetti & C.
Scolari. Torino: Testo & Immagine, 2OO2: 3-3O. [Note: Alain's contribution
was the lead article in this volume published to celebrate the 2Oth
anniversary of the release of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.]
"Phantom Limbs: Film Noir and the Disabled Body." GLQ 9:1-2 (2003):
- Review essay on Daniel Boyarin, Dying for God (Stanford Univ.
Press 1999) in History of Religions 42 (2002): 175-180.
- "'The Lying Pen of the Scribes': Of Holy Books and Pious Frauds,"
Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 15 (2003): 117-147.
- "Good Work, If You Can Get It" (poem). Ribot 8 (2003): 64-65.
- "How to Play Ping-Pong with a Mirror" (poem). Poetry Motel 30 (2003): 2922.
- "Peripheral Outlaws: Beyond Baroque and the Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance"
in The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in L.A. ed. David E.
James. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003: 15-38.
"Butler's 'Lesbian Phallus'; or, What Can Deconstruction Feel?" GLQ 9.3
Congratulations to José de Piérola, who has been honored by the Academic
Senate with a 2003 Barbara D. and Paul J. Saltman Excellent Teaching Award
Erin Gayton is presenting a paper entitled "'Love and bread and butter':
Fanny Fern and the Literary Wife" at the American Literature Association,
which is being held in Cambridge, MA, May 22-25, 2003.
First-year graduate student Leslie Hammer will also
be presenting a paper at the American Literature Association Conference. Her
presentation is entitled "Desiring Economic Independence: Remodeling the
'Home Office' in Hannah Lee's Elinor Fulton."
Hellen Lee will be giving a presentation entitled “Sex (Work) and the Single
Girl: Reading for Women’s Work in Bret Harte’s ‘Miggles’ and Ambrose
Bierce’s ‘The Haunted Valley’” at the AAAS (Association for Asian American
Studies) in San Francisco on May 10, 2002.
Lisa Lowe has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and
the University of California Humanities Research Institute for the academic
Bill Mohr delivered a paper entitled “The Wheelbarrow in Question: Ideology
and the Radical Pellucidity of William Carlos Williams” at the American
Literature Association Symposium on 20th Century Poetry, Long Beach,
California, on March 15, 2003.
On March 21, 2003 he was the featured reader at the Beyond Baroque Literary
Arts Center, Venice, California. Beyond Baroque recently celebrated its 30th
Shelley Streeby has been chosen as the Assembly
Delegate for the 19th Century American Literature Division of the MLA.
Priya Venkatesan was awarded the Summer Research Internship position at
Johnson and Johnson in La Jolla for this summer. She will be working on
The Lincoln Center is doing a full workshop of a play based on
Williams’ Dessa Rose May 19 – June 8, 2003. This is the first step toward a
full Lincoln Center production.
One-quarter dissertation fellowships awarded to:
|Artists on the Cutting Edge XI: Cross Fertilizations
Performances at 7:30 pm, Sherwood Auditorium
Thursday, May 1
Elizabeth Alexander, award-winning poet/playwright
Michael Ondaatje, Booker Prize-winning novelist
Bill Saxton, musician, arranger, composer, teacher
Quincy Troupe, Artistic Director
Contact: 858-454-3541 or http://www.mcasd.org
"Across the Line/Al otro lado"
a bilingual poetry reading
with Baja California poets
Elizabeth Algrávez -
Víctor Hugo Limón
- Heriberto Yépez -
poet and translator Mark Weiss - translator
Thursday, May 8, 5:00 pm
Visual Arts Performance Space, UCSD
Sponsor: The Department of Literature. Contact:
"Love, Grief, Anger, Joy, Surprise!—Emotion Studies Now"
Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 pm
Professor Wesling will speak and
Professor Dana Nelkin of Philosophy will
reply in the last UCSD Center for the Humanities dialogue of the academic
Donald Wesling writes: The lecture tries to answer why there are suddenly so
many important books on emotion, and whether our field has something to say
within this new interdisciplinary study. My main example is BLACK WATER, a
novel by Joyce Carol Oates.
"The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness"
Monday, May 12, 3:00 pm
"The Companion Species Manifesto," writes Haraway, “is about the implosion
of nature and culture in the relentlessly historically specific, joint lives
of dogs and people, who are bonded in significant otherness. This is a story
told by a student of the sciences and a feminist of a certain generation who
has gone utterly to the dogs, literally.”
Donna J. Haraway is the author of numerous books and articles on science,
technology, gender, and race, including Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.
Femaleman©_Meets_ Oncomouse : Feminism and Technoscience (1997), which
received the 1999 Ludwig Fleck prize of the Society for Social Studies of
Science. Her other works include The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs,
People, and Significant Otherness (2003), and Simians, Cyborgs, and Women:
The Re-Invention of Nature (1991).
In 2000, Haraway received the J. D. Bernal Prize for outstanding
contributions to the field of science and technology studies. She is
currently working on a book on dog naturecultures, called tentatively The
Birth of the Kennel, and on a popular book on the sport of dog agility
called Notes of a Sports Writer's Daughter. She teaches in the
of History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Professor Haraway was invited by Department of Literature graduate students
with funding provided by a UCSD Center for the Humanities grant.
Sponsors: UCSD Center for the Humanities
Department of Literature
Thursday, May 15, 6:30 – 7:50 pm
Stephen Potts invites visitors to his Science Fiction class (LTWL 124) on
May 15 for a guest lecture by award-winning science fiction writer David
Brin, who received his PhD in Astrophysics from UCSD in 1981, will be
discussing trends in science and society. His novel Earth (1990) is an
assigned reading for the class; his most recent novel, Kiln People, has been
nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Visiting Professor Joseph Roach
Professor of Theater & English, Yale University
Free Public Lecture: “ ‘The Great (W)hole of History’: Performing the
National Mall ”
Thursday, May 15, 7:30 pm
Seminar: Writing Performance History
May 16, 20, & 22, 1:00 – 3:50 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Joseph Roach, Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Theater and
English at Yale University, has chaired the Department of Performing Arts at
Washington University in St. Louis, the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre at
Northwestern University, and the Department of Performance Studies at NYU.
His books and articles include Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic
Performance (Columbia, 1996), which won the James Russell Lowell Prize from
MLA and the Calloway Prize from NYU, The Player's Passion: Studies in the
Science of Acting (Michigan, 1993), which won the Barnard Hewitt Award in
Theatre History, and essays in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, The Drama
Review, Theatre History Studies, Discourse, Theater, Text, and Performance
Quarterly, and others.
|“BY HOOK OR BY CROOK”
Film Screening and Dialogue with Directors
Harry Dodge and
Friday, May 16, 5:30 pm
Visual Arts Performance Space
Two grifters--"Shy" (Silas Howard) and "Valentine" (Harry Dodge)--forge a
relationship and embark on a rowdy adventure. An official selection of the
2002 Sundance Film Festival, By Hook or By Crook has been honored with
juried prizes at Outfest L.A., the Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival,
and the Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
Harriet "Harry" Dodge is a writer, director, visual artist and an
award-winning solo performer who wrote and directed a critically acclaimed
series of experimental theater pieces.
Silas Howard, writer, director and rockstar, has been performing nationally
and internationally with her band, Tribe 8, since 1991.
After the film (95 minutes), Judith Halberstam,
Eileen Myles, and Jordana
Rosenberg will lead a discussion with the filmmakers.
Sponsor: UCSD Center for the Humanities.
Contact: Judith Halberstam
“Who is a Muslim? An Indian Writer's Report on Violence and Poverty"
Associate Professor of English
Penn State University
Monday, May 19, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Amitava Kumar is the author of Bombay-London-New York (2002) and Passport
Photos (2000). He is the editor of several collections, including, most
recently, World Bank Literature (2002). Kumar is also the script-writer and
narrator of a prize-winning documentary, "Pure Chutney." His writings have
appeared in publications like The Nation, New Statesman, Transition,
American Prospect, and Kenyon Review.
Sponsors: Department of Ethnic Studies
Department of Literature. Contact:
|Spring Celebration of the Arts
Student Reading and Reception
Wednesday, May 21, 3 pm
de Certeau Room, Literature Building 155
The winners of the Stewart Prize in Poetry and the Milton Saier Award for
Fiction will be announced at this annual celebration recognizing the talents
of Department of Literature undergraduates.
The Stewart Prize was established in recognition of John L. Stewart,
Founding Provost of John Muir College. Each year, students in the Arts are
awarded a monetary prize. The prize is administered by the Council of
Provosts and has increased this year from $200 to $500. John Stewart was a
Literature professor as well as provost of the second college, and his move
to UCSD from Dartmouth opened the way for the UCSD/Dartmouth Exchange
The Dr. Milton H. Saier, Sr. Memorial Awards Fund was established at UCSD to
support an annual awards program for the Departments of Music, Theatre
and Dance, Literature, and Biology. Each year, the Department of Literature is
given funds for an award to acknowledge “outstanding creative writing by an
undergraduate student to be selected by the Chair of
the Department of Literature in consultation with the faculty.”
Entry deadline: Friday, May 2.
NEW WRITING SERIES. Spring 2003
Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm
May 14 - JEROME ROTHENBERG
Jerome Rothenberg’s most recent book of poems, A Book of Witness, his
twelfth from New Directions, has just been published. He is the author of
over seventy books of poetry and groundbreaking anthologies of experimental
and traditional poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the
Millennium. In 2002 he won his fourth PEN
USA award for Antilyrik, his translation of Czech modernist poet Vitezslav
Nezval. Charles Bernstein writes of him: “The significance of Jerome
Rothenberg’s animating spirit looms larger every year…(He) is the ultimate
each of which he brings an unbridled exuberance and an innovator’s
insistence on transforming a given state of affairs.”
May 20 (a Tuesday) - SAMUEL R. DELANY
(This event will be at 8:00pm in 115
The New York Times Book Review calls Nebula Award-winning author Samuel R.
Delany “The most interesting writer of science fiction writing in English
today.” His novels include The Mad Man, Babel-17, and Nova, about which
Galaxy Magazine says, “As of this book Samuel R. Delany is the best science
fiction writer in the world.” Aye, and Gomorrah is forthcoming this spring.
Delany is also known for his nonfiction. His Times Square Red/Times Square
Blue is a provocative collection of essays on the gentrification of Times
May 28 - THAD ZIOLKOWSKI
Thad Ziolkowski’s most recent book is the memoir On A Wave. Writing in The
New Yorker, William Finnegan calls it “more than an account of a sport
mastered. It’s a sharp, self-conscious portrait of the artist as a young
grommet.” (“Grommet” is slang for novice surfer.) Kirkus Review says “words
come fresh as a daisy from Ziolkowski’s pen…in shorn, unhurried sentences
that bite.” Ziolkowski’s collection of poems, Our Son the Arson, came out in
1996. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Village Voice, Art Forum,
Index, and Travel and Leisure. He currently directs the writing program at
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Sponsored by the Department of Literature and the University Events Office.
Contact: Rae Armantrout
|Rome and the Hellenistic East: Reception and Appropriation
A 0ne-Day Conference at the University of California at San Diego
Sponsored by the UCSD Division of Arts and Humanities, the UCSD
the Program in Classical Studies, the Department of Literature, the
Department of History
Saturday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
de Certeau Room (155) of the Literature Building
- Erich Gruen, UCB, "Rome and the Myth of Alexander the Great."
- Daniel Selden, UCSC , "Holy Wandering: Historicizing Roman Imperial
- Ann Kuttner, the University of Pennsylvania, "Narrative Imperialism and
Nation-building: 'Greek' Story in Roman Representation."
- Sheldon Nodelman, UCSD, "The First Generation of Hellenistic Portraiture in
A buffet lunch will be served. No registration is necessary for this
conference. If you plan to attend, however, notification will aid in
planning the lunch. That and any questions can be directed to
Tony Edwards.For directions to the UCSD campus, see http://maps.ucsd.edu/
Colored (Black and White): Filipinos in American Popular Media, 1896-1907
An exhibit curated by Abe Ignacio, Jr., Jorge Emmanuel, and Helen Toribio
April 5 – May 31, 2003
Springfield Community Art Gallery
5348 University Avenue, Suite 119
Contact: Jody Blanco
|Publishing Granary Books:
A Conversation in the Margins
April 26-June 27, 2003
Mandeville Department of Special Collections
Granary Books has been bringing together writers, artists, and bookmakers to
investigate verbal/visual relations in the time-honored spirit of
independent publishing for nearly twenty years. Granary’s mission—to produce, promote, document, and theorize new works exploring the
intersection of word, image, and page—has earned them a reputation as one of
the most unique and significant small publishers operating today. Their 119
books are on exhibit.
FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM OFFERS GRANTS IN 140 COUNTRIES
The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering lecturing/research awards in some 140 countries for the 2004-2005 academic year.
Traditional Fulbright awards are available from two months to an academic
year or longer. A new short-term grants program—the Fulbright Senior
Specialists Program— offers two-to-six-week grants in a variety of
disciplines and fields. While foreign language skills are needed in some
countries, most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English. Some 80
percent of the awards are for lecturing.
Application deadlines for 2004-2005 awards are:
August 1, 2003 for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants
Rolling deadline for Fulbright Senior Specialists Program
For information, contact the Council for International Exchange of Scholars
(CIES) at 3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008-3009.
Telephone: 202-686-7877. Information and an
online application are also available at http://www.cies.org.
|Academic Senate Committee on Research
The final deadline of this academic year for submission of Travel to a
Scholarly Meeting Applications is June 13, 2003 . Please remember only one
trip per fiscal year for any Senate member will be awarded. UCSD's fiscal
year begins July 1 and ends June 30.
Academic Senate research and travel grant support are updated on a
continuous basis at
APPLICATION FORMS are available at
Memory, Material, and Meaning
WESTERN HUMANITIES ALLIANCE
22nd Annual Conference
October 16, 17, 18, 2003
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
The Western Humanities Alliance invites proposals for participation in the
22nd Annual Western Humanities Conference on the theme of "Memory, Material,
and Meaning." Paper Abstracts (250 words, max.) must be postmarked on or
before April 22, 2003—deadline has been extended to May 5.
Please submit proposals to:
WHA Conference Committee, Tanner Humanities Center
University of Utah, 380 S. 1400 E.,
Room 201 C Hall,
Salt Lake City UT 84112
Tel (801) 581-7127 Fax (801) 585-3510