May 2004 News


Amra Brooks
"California." [an excerpt from the forthcoming novel of the same name] Fort Necessity 4 (May 2004).

Alain J.-J. Cohen
Woody Allen and Freud." Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients. Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in the Movies. Ed. Jerrold R. Brandell. Albany: State University of New York Press [SUNY Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture], 2004: 127-145.

Michael Davidson
"Dissing Identity." Review of Bending Over Backwards, by Lennard Davis. Novel (Spring, 2003).

Marcel Hénaff
"Remarques sur la Règle d'or. Ricoeur et la question  de la réciprocité." Cahiers de L'Herne 81, "Paul Ricoeur." Ed. Myriam R. D'Allonnes and F. Azouvi (2004): 326-337.

Todd Kontje
German Orientalisms.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004.

Jerome Rothenberg
Writing Through: Translations and Variations. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004.


Sara Johnson was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She will be conducting archival research at both institutions for a chapter of her book manuscript about the French Creole historian Moreau de Saint-Méry and the early American book trade.

Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz has accepted a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

Priya Venkatesan received a scholarship from the Institut d'etudes francaises d'Avignon at Bryn Mawr College to study in France over the summer. She will be studying in Avignon, France.

Yingjin Zhang has been invited to serve as a member on the editorial board of CLEAR (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews), a long-standing refereed journal based on U of Wisconsin-Madison, in addition to two refereed online journals—Trans-Asian Screens (based at USC) and Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies (based at U of Nottingham, UK).  He was a visiting researcher at Hong Kong Baptist U’s David Lam Institute for East-West Studies in March 2004 and has been granted a resident faculty fellowship at the UC Humanities Research Institute for the winter 2005 to participate in the collaborative research group, "Law and Humanities in an Information Age."


"Feminist Keywords: fundamentalism, secularism, racialization, rights and patriotism"

A public forum featuring South Asian feminist revisions to mainstream understanding of such terms and concepts. This public forum, part of a two-day workshop/conference titled "Feminists Rethink South Asia," will feature prominent South Asianists from the US and the subcontinent.

Sunday, May 2, 10am to 12 pm
de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building

Sponsored by The UCSD Center for the Humanities, IICAS (Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies), and the Critical Gender Studies Program.

Contact: Chris Guzaitis

Alison De La Cruz
Sunday May 2, 2004
FREE 5 PM PC Theater

The Hapa Club and UCSD Queer People Of Color welcome Alison De La Cruz to UCSD! The poet, producer, and cultural activist will be touching on all aspects of her identity, including her experiences as a biracial Filipina and a bisexual women in today’s society. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Warren College Student Council, The Women’s Center, The Cross Cultural Center, The Literature Department, Marshall Student College Council, Muir College Council, The Native American Student Alliance, University Centers Advisory Board

Contact: Vincent Bergado

"Local News: an Evening with a California Writer"

Gary Soto
prize-winning poet and author

May 3 • Monday • 7:30pm •
Institute of the Americas, Copley Auditorium

Sponsors: UCSD's Thurgood Marshall College, California Cultures Program, Center for the Humanities, Department of Literature, and 2004 César E. Chávez Celebration Committee

Contact: George Mariscal


Spring 2004

All readings at 4:30 pm

Thursday, May 6
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Frances Stark is a well known visual artist who has exhibited her work in galleries and museums around the world. Her drawings and paintings have often incorporated quotes from literary works and rock songs. In the last several years Stark has published two books: The Architect and the Housewife (1999) and Collected Writings 1993-2003 (2004). Martin Prinzhorn describes Stark’s writing as "located between cultural criticism and poetry...The genius of Stark’s text is her interweaving of the personal with her reflections on art."

Wednesday, May 12
Visual Arts Performance Space

Pamela Lu was born in Southern California and studied mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to Pamela: A Novel (Atelos Press), she has had prose and poetry published in a number of journals, including Chain, Chicago Review, Clamour, Explosive Magazine, Interlope, Mirage, and Poetics Journal. Rain Taxi says of Pamela: A Novel, "This is a work of supreme precision. It expands the novel’s ability to think."

Thursday, May 20
Visual Arts Performance Space

The son of eminent poets Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley, Anselm Berrigan is a rising star. He is the author of Zero Star Hotel and Integrity & Dramatic Life, both published by Edge Books. He has work forthcoming in Best American Poetry of 2004 and The Canary, and work currently online at http: www. He lives in New York City and is currently Artistic Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.

The New Writing Series is sponsored by UCSD's Department of Literature, Division of Arts & Humanities, University Events Office, and Archive for New Poetry.

Contact: Rae Armantrout

Raúl Fernández
Professor of Social Sciences, UC Irvine

"Latin Jazz: The Perfect Combination/La Combinación Perfecta"

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - 4:30 PM
UCSD University Center - Room 111-A

A Fulbright Fellow, Raúl Fernández is the curator of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta, which opened in Washington, D.C. in 2002 and will travel to twelve US cities through 2006. He has authored five books: The U.S.-Mexico Border: A Politico-Economic Profile (University of Notre Dame Press, 1977); The Mexican-American Border Region: Issues and Trends (University of Notre Dame Press, l989); Latin Jazz: The Perfect Combination (Chronicle Books and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 2002); One Hundred Years of Chicano History: Empire, Nations and Migration (with Gilbert González) (Routledge, 2003), and From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz (forthcoming by the Univ. of California Press). He also edited (with Jeff Belnap) José Martí’s Our America: From National to Hemispheric Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 1998).

Co-sponsored by the Department of Literature and the Chicano/a-Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program.
Contact: Sara Johnson

Professor Fernández will also be appearing on "The Lounge" - KPBS Radio 89.5 FM – at 6:00 pm.

UCSD Center for the Humanities Graduate Student Guest Lecturer

Curtis Márez
Assistant Professor, School of Cinema-Television
University of Southern California

"Pancho Villa Meets Sun-yat Sen: Hollywood Cinema, Third World Revolution, and the Transpacific Triangle"

Free public lecture - Thursday, May 6, 4:00 pm
Cross-Cultural Center

Curtis Márez, who earned his BA and PhD at UC Berkeley, has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of California at Santa Cruz. His work focusing on Chican@ and Latin@ Cultural Studies has appeared in essays in American Quarterly, Cultural Critique, and Social Text.

In his book, Drug Wars: Race, Rebellion and Modernity (2004), Márez analyzes the history of drug traffic and its significance for immigration and military and police power. He is currently completing a second book, tentatively entitled Mestizo World, a study of different moments in the history of Chican@ popular culture.

Sponsored by the UCSD Center for the Humanities, the Department of Literature, and the Cross-Cultural Center.
Contact: Irene Mata

Copies of Drug Wars, just out from University of Minnesota Press, will be for sale at the lecture.

The San Diego Division of the Academic Senate
of the University of California

 invites you and your guest to attend the

Faculty Research Lecture

 "Universal Design: The Work of Disability
in an Age of Globalization"

 Michael Davidson
Department of Literature

 Monday, May 24, 2004
at 4:00 p.m.

 Institute of the Americas - Hojel Hall Auditorium
University of California, San Diego


University of California, San Diego
Department of Literature


The Annual Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture

"The Rhetoric of Class in the Era of Globalization"
presented by
Michael Denning

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American Studies and English
Yale University

Thursday, May 13, 2004, 7:30 pm
UCSD Center Hall 109, University Center

Michael Denning is the author of Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working Class Culture in America (1987); Cover Stories: Narrative and Ideology in the British Spy Thriller (1987); The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century (1997); and Culture in the Age of Three Worlds (2004).

Denning’s The Cultural Front represents a major revision of 1930s literature and culture that has prompted a total reconsideration of modernism. Unlike earlier books on the radical 1930s, The Cultural Front focuses on both committed partisans and fellow travelers, urban factory workers as well as immigrant rural laborers.

As with The Cultural Front, Denning’s most recent book, Culture in the Age of Three Worlds, assesses progressive thought and intellectual life in an age of globalization. The book surveys "the cultural turn" in the humanities and social sciences that was forged in New Left social movements and reinforced by the "age of the three worlds" described by Emmanuel Wallerstein and other "World System" theorists. In all of his work, Denning shows a magisterial command of both high and mass culture combined with a subtle critical analysis of social and intellectual life.

           Free and Open to the Public                                                 Reception To Follow the Lecture

The Elliott Memorial Lecture is presented annually by the UCSD Department of Literature,
with the support of the Robert C. Elliott Memorial Fund, which was established at the time
of Professor Elliott’s death in April of 1981. A founding member of the Department of Literature,
Robert Elliott authored The Power of Satire (1968), The Shape of Utopia (1970), and The
Literary Persona

For further information, please contact Michael Davidson.

Spring Celebration of the Arts
Student Reading and Reception

Tuesday, May 25, 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.  All are welcome to join for refreshments while enjoying student readings.   

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 administered by the Council of Provosts and the Department of Literature.  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 Program.  

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.


First Annual Kundiman Emerging Asian American Poets’ Retreat
August 4-8, 2004
University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Faculty include Marilyn Chin, Rick Barot & Ishle Yi Park.

Application Process:
Send three copies of 5-7 paginated, stapled pages of poetry, with your name included on each page. Attach a cover letter with your name, home address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief paragraph describing what you want to accomplish at the Kundiman Emerging Asian American Poets’ Retreat. Include a SAS postcard if you want an application receipt. Manuscripts are not returned. No electronic submissions, please.

Mail application to:
245 8th Avenue #151
New York, NY 10011

Submissions must be postmarked by May 15, 2004. Merit Scholarships are available. Kundiman is a sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

History and Culture of Late Antiquity
Intercampus Student Exchange

Funding up to a maximum of $5000 per Graduate Exchange Fellowship to spend a quarter or semester at another UC campus. Graduate students from all UC campuses are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Deadline: June 4, 2004
For details, see

Academic Senate Committee on Research Grants

Travel Grants: Academic Senate members may also apply for travel expenses to national and international conferences and symposia. Limits apply, and a maximum of $1,000 will be granted. Applications must be submitted to Nancy Ho-Wu by June 14.

Intercampus Exchange Program Grants: 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 consultations that will benefit UCSD faculty. See Nancy Ho-Wu for an application.

For information , go to

UCSD’s International House has apartments available for visiting faculty members or scholars who are willing to become part of its international, multi-cultural community during the 2004-2005 academic year. International House is part of the Eleanor Roosevelt College campus.

Contracts will begin between mid-June and early September and would preferably last for one year. The minimum term for the rental lease is one quarter.  Apartment rental costs for a one-bedroom are $1100, and $1500 for a two-bedroom. The lease includes: 

- New furnishings, including stove and full-size refrigerator
- All utilities (water, electricity, trash, basic cable including HBO)
- Campus computer network connections

Applications, available at, are due by Mon. May 3, 2004 for preferred consideration.  Inquiries may be directed to the International House Director’s Office at 822-1791 or