November 2002 News


Steven Cassedy has been named the new Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. His responsibilities will include the following:

  • Managing the campus-wide graduate program review process
  • Assisting faculty with the development of new graduate degree proposals
  • Overseeing graduate outreach and admissions
  • Advising students and departments on the development of strong extramural fellowship applications.

Stephen Potts has been selected as a contributing editor to the resuscitated San Diego Free Press, a progressive periodical covering politics and culture. The premiere issue is scheduled to come out in December.

Graduate student Priya Venkatesan presented a paper entitled "Translation through Poststructuralism:
A Semiotic and Discursive Analysis of Science" at the Western Humanities Alliance Confer at UC Irvine from October 17-19. The title of the conference is "Translation and the Reproduction of Culture."

Graduate student Chuong-Dai Vo presented a paper entitled "The Vertical Ray of the Sun: Aestheticization and the Erasure of History" at the Western Humanities Alliance Conference at UCI in October. She also received a FLAS this past summer to study Vietnamese.


Qualifying Exams
David Klowden – October 31, 2002

PhD Defenses
Carl Jubran – October 31, 2002
Title: “Spanish Internal Orientalism, Cultural Hybridity and the Production of National Identity: 1887-1940”

Harleen Singh – September 27, 2002
Title: “Rani Lakshmi Bai, Queen of Jhansi, and the 1857 Rebellion: Colonial and Postcolonial Representations”

Alain J.-J. Cohen
"Twelve Monkeys de Gilliam, Vertigo et La Jetée. Mythologies postmodernes et films cultes." La Licorne [Hors série XIII ] «Cinéma et Mythe» (2OO2), 267-283.

Michael Davidson
"Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance." Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities. Ed. Sharon L. Snyder, Brenda Jo Brueggemann, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (New York: Modern Language Association, 2002), 76-87.

Bill Mohr
Review of Joyce Appleby's Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans., Ed. Georges-Claude Guilbert.
Western Poetry Alive & Well at UCSD

The UCSD Department of Literature is well represented in Place as Purpose: Poetry from the Western States (Los Angeles: Autry Museum of Western Heritage and Sun & Moon Press, 2002). Poems by Rae Armantrout, Michael Davidson, and Quincy Troupe appear in the anthology, along with an essay by Bill Mohr. The book, a catalog of a “first of its kind event” held Los Angeles in October 10-12, also contains poems by former UCSD instructors Dennis Phillips and Leslie Scalapino as well as recent New Writing Series poets Michael Palmer and Nathaniel Tarn.


AnnaMaria Stephens, a Literatures in English major who graduated in 1997, is now an independent arts writer/features designer for She confesses, “Right after I graduated, I was a little worried that I'd be serving coffee for the rest of my life. Suddenly I knew why everyone else had gone to grad school. Happily, I write for a living now.” Her first book review, of Karen Palmer’s Border Dogs, appeared in October 20 Books Section of the San Diego Tribune.


Luis Arturo Ramos
“Literatura y Globalización”
deCerteau Room, Literature Building
Thursday, November 7, 5 P.M.

Critics and writers alike agree that Luis Arturo Ramos is one of the true masters of the modern Mexican novel. Ramos is the author of Violeta Perú (1979), Intramuros (1983), La casa del ahorcado (1994), and several collections of short stories. He will talk about the changes taking place in Latin American literature due to the impact of global market economy in the Spanish language publishing world. Ramos is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.

The lecture is in Spanish.

Sponsors: Department of Literature and The Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS)

Contact: Max Parra

Virendra Prakash
“Hindutva- Its Nature and Challenge to India’s Future”

Cross-Cultural Center
Sunday, November 10th, 3:30 – 6:00 P.M.

Virendra Prakash, author of Hindutva Demystified, received a master’s degree from Harvard, a master’s in economics from Agra, and a bachelor’s in science from Lucknow. A senior administrator, he retired as Secretary to the Government of India, having served in the Capital of India as Chief Secretary, Municipal Commissioner, and Development Commissioner, among other positions. Postretirement, he headed Delhi’s first Finance Commission. In his long years in Delhi, he gained, by close association, keen insight into the minds of some of the top guns of the Sangh Parivar.

Sponsored by: Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) and Department of Literature

Contact: Rosemary George
Longxi Zhang

“Hong Kong: Questions of Identity, Culture, and Internationality”
Tuesday, November 12, 4:00 pm
IR/PS Gardner Room

“Utopia, East and West”
Thursday, November 14, 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Professor Chair of Comparative Literature and Director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies at City University of Hong Kong, Longxi Zhang is a unique scholar whose research cuts across conventionally defined disciplinary boundaries: traditional and modern Chinese literature, Eastern and Western literature, literature and philosophy, religious studies, and intellectual history. Professor Zhang is the author of The Tao and the Logos: Literary Hermeneutics, East and West, which won honorable mention for the Joseph Levenson Book Prize; Mighty Opposites: From Dichotomies to Differences in the Comparative Study of China; and, most recently, Out of the Cultural Ghetto.

Hong Kong Talk
In his talk, Longxi Zhang will examine the questions Hong Kong has been facing since its return to China and the formation of a Special Administrative Region (SAR) in 1997. How do Hong Kong and its people readjust their sense of belonging, their political and cultural identity? What role does culture, Chinese as well as Western, play in Hong Kong? How has Hong Kong's higher education changed in the last few years, and what is the general institutional culture within the university today? Professor Zhang will give his personal observations and reflections on these issues and discuss his sense of where the city is heading at the beginning of a new century.

Utopia Talk
Professor Zhang contends that utopia, the idea that human beings can build a good society by means of rational organization and deployment of resources and without divine intervention, proves to be a deeply secular, if not anti-religious, social concept. He demonstrates that in the West, the concept has direct relations with Renaissance humanism and the secularization of European life as a result of the Reformation, and therefore has been seen as historically and uniquely Western. With an essentially secular cultural tradition, however, China may prove to be just as important in offering utopian visions of a good society built by morally cultivated human beings.

Sponsored by: UCSD Center for the Humanities and Department of Literature

Contact: Yingjin Zhang

REEL CHINA: UCSD Series of Chinese Documentary Films and Videos

All documentaries carry English subtitles, some with English voiceover narration.

Fall Quarter, Thursdays 6:30PM
IR/PS Rm. 3201

November 7, 2002: Art and Politics (96 min)
Art in the Cultural Revolution (Kubert Leung, 1996, 34 min)
An introduction to what constitutes revolutionary art in the Cultural Revolution and what changes and innovations were made during the time.

The Petrel Returns (1999, 62 min)
A biography of a female expert of modern dance, whose ambitious dream faded due to political interference, this documentary includes scenes of grass-roots activism in Taiwan.

November 14, 2002: Re-staging Folk Art
Mask (Liu Xiaojin, 2000, 120 min)
An elaborate story about the rediscovery, performance, and changed meanings of a traditional village play-dance.

November 21, 2002: Life on Tibetan Grassland
The End of the Earth (Duan Jinchuan, 1996, 140 min)
An examination of traditional life on Phala Grassland and what modernity--represented by a rundown truck--can and cannot bring to Tibetan herdsmen.

Sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies
Selected from the Collections of the REC Foundation

Contact: Yingjin Zhang
Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm

NOVEMBER 13. Ron Padgett’s books include New & Selected Poems; Great Balls of Fire; The Straight Line: Writings on Poetry and Poets; and You Never Know. He is the editor of a three-volume reference series entitled World Poets and the translator of Blaise Cendrars’ Complete Poems. In 2003 the University of Oklahoma Press will publish his memoir of his father, Oklahoma Tough. In 1999 Padgett received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award for poetry.

Sponsored by the Department of Literature.

Contact: Rae Armantrout

Julia Reinhard Lupton
“Paul, Shakespeare, and the Literature of Citizenship”
Wednesday, November 20, 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Julia Reinhard Lupton is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. She is the co-author with Kenneth Reinhard of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis, and the author of Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology, and Renaissance Literature.
Sponsored by the Department of Literature.
Contact: Lisa Lampert
"Waging Discursive Warfare: How Public Discourse Marginalizes Latino/as"
Prof. Otto Santa Ana
Thursday, November 21, 2002
4 p.m. in the UCSD Cross-Cultural Center (Gallery)

Otto Santa Ana was born in a mining town in Arizona. He is on the faculty of the César Chávez Center for Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and has held positions at El Colegio de México , the University of New Mexico, and La Sorbonne Nouvelle in France.

For his doctorate, Dr. Santa Ana researched the development of Chicano English among Mexican Americans in Los Angeles. This required ethnographic work in four barrios in Los Angeles (Boyle Heights, South San Gabriel, Huntington Park, and north and south Montebello). He is presently conducting research on the change that is taking place in the Spanish of Salvadorans who live in Los Angeles. He has also published several articles about the nature of Mexican Spanish.

His new book, Brown Tide Rising: Metaphors of Latinos in Contemporary American Public Discourse (University of Texas Press, 2002), is the first major study of representations of Latino/as in the U.S. media and other venues.

Sponsored by the UCSD Chicano/a~Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program, the UCSD California Cultures Initiative, and the Department of Literature.

Contact: George Mariscal

Variety Lit
Readings & Performances
Friday, November 22, 5:00 pm
Visual Arts Performance Center

Lynn Breedlove
author of Godspeed and lead singer of Tribe 8
Teresa Cooper
author of Some of the Parts and member of the drag king group ‘’The Backdoor Boys’’
Camille Forbes
Department of Literature assistant professor, performing her ‘’Tales of Suburban Squalor,’’ which has been performed in D.C. and workshopped at Mobius Center for Experimental Work in Boston
Jordana Rosenberg
Department of Literature lecturer whose fiction has recently appeared in Fort Necessity and Lit
Juliana Snapper
Department of Music Ph.D. candidate who interprets & creates experimental opera. This season she premiers new work at L.A.’s Armand Hammer Museum and New York’s Miller Theater.

Hosts: Judith Halberstam and Eileen Myles

Sponsors: Poets & Writers * UCSD Department of Literature * UCSD LGBT Resource Office
Film Screening: Before Night Falls and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 pm
Women’s Center

Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls is based on the memoirs of gay Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas.

Contact: Tania Triana


2002 Modern Language Association Convention

Scheduled December 27 - 30 in New York City, the 118th annual MLA convention will be headquartered at the Hilton New York (English language) and the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (foreign language and comparative literature).

The deadline for preregistration fees and housing forms is December 1.

Ina Coolbrith and Poet Laureate Contests

The UCSD Department of Literature 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 (unofficial) poet laureate. Awards totaling $500 are made for the best unpublished poem or group of poems (maximum of three per group) 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 unpublished poem or group of poems (maximum of three per group) from graduate or undergraduate 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 cover sheet should be attached with the following information: name, local address, permanent address, telephone number, e-mail address, last four digits of the social security number, contest name (either Coolbrith or Poet Laureate), and title of the entry (or the first four words). Students may enter both contests, but not with the same poems.

It is recommended that contestants retain original copies of their entries as manuscripts will not be returned.

A faculty judge from the Department of Literature will select three finalists for each contest. These entries will be forwarded to a panel of final judges.

UCSD entries must be submitted to the Undergraduate Office, Room 110 Literature Building, by no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 13.

Freshman Seminars Program
Ladder-rank faculty are encouraged to submit proposals for this new systemwide initiative designed to offer one-unit seminars to freshmen.

Deadline for spring seminars: November 14
The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
2003-04 Visiting Research Fellowships

CCIS invites applications for Visiting Research Fellowships at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels. The fellowships are to support advanced research and writing on any aspect of international migration and refugee flows, in any of the social sciences, history, law, and comparative literature. The fellowships are residential and cannot be used to support fieldwork or other primary data collection. Scholars whose work deals with Mexican migration to the United States can apply jointly to CCIS and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. Comparative research placing the U.S. immigration experience in broader perspective is especially encouraged. Deadline: January 15, 2003.

Summer Institute on International Migration
June 18-24, 2003

The Summer Institute is intended to expose advanced graduate students and recent postdoctoral scholars to cutting-edge research in the field of international migration and refugee studies. The emphasis will be on discussion of new, as yet unpublished research that can help to shape doctoral dissertations and postdoctoral research projects. The Institute is a collaborative project of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) and the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) at the University of California-San Diego, and the International Migration Program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

The application form can be downloaded from:

Contact: Gaku Tsuda, Associate Director of CCIS (858-452-9635)

Deadline: February 15, 2002


The Faculty Career Development Program (FCDP) is designed to support junior faculty research or creative activities in order to enhance progress toward the Associate Professor level. Typically, proposals request salary for one quarter of release time from teaching and administrative duties in order to allow awardees to concentrate their efforts on research or creative activity.

Deadline: January 31, 2003
UC Pacific Rim Research Program Information Seminar
11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 14, 2002
3150 Literature Building, Warren College
Featuring UC Pacific Rim Research Program Director, Martin Backstrom

Proposals are now being considered for Pacific Rim Research Program funds to be awarded July 1, 2003. The program is designed to promote the study of the Pacific Rim as a distinctive region, placing priority on research that is new, specific to the region, and collaborative--reaching across national boundaries and academic disciplines. Proposals may come from any discipline and should address questions that contribute to an understanding of the Pacific Rim as a whole.

There are four categories of grants, as follows:

Research projects generally for amounts up to $45,000 for a one- or two-year project;

Workshops and planning grants of up to $15,000 for research development, new collaborations and workshop funding; and mini-grants of up to $3,000 for planning purposes.

Faculty development grants (new this year) up to $10,000 for short-term residence in the development of new projects aimed at facilitating collaborations or basic field work; to be used by a P.I. going to a Pacific Rim country, or to bring a collaborator in another Pacific Rim country to the P.I.’s home campus.

Mini-grants for planning and travel purposes, awarded throughout the year in amounts not exceeding $1,000 (Note: applications for these awards are reviewed on a quarterly basis).

Graduate student grant proposals (requires faculty sponsor to serve as principal investigator of record) for preliminary field trips to assist in formulating full-scale Pacific Rim proposals, as well as field work or research support, may be submitted for consideration by the program.

Information and application materials can be downloaded from the UCOP Pacific Rim web site, or, contact Christopher Ayson in Graduate Studies and Research, extension 24620 for printed materials.

Submissions should be sent directly to Wilma Orantes at the Office of Contracts and Administration (x40239) before the campus deadline of January 13, 2003.


Open Enrollment November 1 - November 30.

During Open Enrollment, covered UC employees and retirees may transfer to a different medical or dental plan, add eligible family members current plans, or opt in or out of UC-sponsored medical, dental, and vision plans.

Significant changes this year include the termination of UC Care and the adoption of Blue Cross as a UC health care provider.

Detailed information is available at UCSD’s Benefits Fair scheduled for Friday, November 15, 11 am – 3 pm, at the Price Center Ballroom.

In addition, the following meetings will provide information about the Blue Cross coverage:

November 6 - Price Center Gallery B - 2:30-4:30
November 19 - Price Center San Francisco/Santa Cruz Room – 9:00-11:00 and 2:30 – 4:30

Comprehensive information is available at the new UC Benefits website: