October 2003 News


Alain J.-J. Cohen 
“János Négyesy: Ut pictura musica.” Ex Tempore. A Journal of Compositional and Theoretical Research in Music. X.2: (Summer 2003) 1-13.

Rosemary Marangoly George
"Of Fictional Cities and 'Diasporic' Aesthetics."  Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 35.3 (June 2003): 559-579.

Marcel Hénaff
"Le  premier commandement." Le Nouvel Observateur 51,  hors-série "Lévi-Strauss et la  Pensée sauvage" (Juillet-Août 2003): 22-27.

Yi-li Kao
"The Reinvention of Tradition." Persimmon 4.2 (Summer 2003).

Sara Johnson
“The Integration of Hispaniola: A Reappraisal of Haitian-Dominican Relations in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.” Journal of Haitian Studies 8. 2 (Fall 2002): 4-29.

Lisa Lowe
"Out of the West: Asian Migration and Modernity." Foreword to Fresh Talk, Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art.  Ed. E. Kim, M. Machida, S. Mizota. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Jordana Rosenberg
"The Bosom of the Bourgeoisie: Edgeworth's Belinda."  ELH 70.2 (2003): 576-596.

Donald Wesling
Bakhtin and the Social Moorings of Poetry
. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2003.

Review of Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions. By Martha C. Nussbaum. Common Knowledge 9,2 (Spring 2003): 348-349.

 Wai-lim Yip
 "Flying flowers in Vancouver" (Poem). Literary Page, United Daily [Taipei], August 6, 2003.

   "In and Out of Stations: Displacements, Angst, and Battles between Cultures--the Socio-cultural Context of  the poetry of my generation in the 1960's in Taiwan" in a special segment entitled "Studies on Wai-lim Yip." Shi Tansuo (Poetry Exploration) [Beijing] 1-2 (2003). [Other essays on  Wai-limYip include: Ke Qingming, "On Wai-lim Yip's Poetry," Jiang Dengke, "Important Aesthetic and Critical Terms in Wai-lim Yip's Theoretical Writings, with analyses," and Jiang Hongxin 's translation of Jerome Rothenberg's paper  "Pound, Wai-lim Yip and Chinese Poetry in America."

Yingjin Zhang
“From Cultural Imperialism to Globalization: Reflections on Three Filmmaking Strategies in Hollywood and China.” Ex/Change [Hong Kong] 7 (June 2003): 17-23.


Sara Johnson
Sara E. Johnson completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Stanford University and joins the department after completing a two-year tenure as a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary research interest is literature of the Americas, with a focus on the nineteenth-century Spanish and French Caribbean. In recent years she has performed extensive academic fieldwork in Senegal, Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Martinique. Sara Johnson's publications include a recent article in the Journal of Haitian Studies (see New Publications) and another forthcoming in a book entitled Literature, Music and Caribbean Unity. She is completing a book on the cultural legacy of the Haitian Revolution in the Americas.

This fall Professor Johnson is teaching LTAM 110, Latin American Literature in Translation: Comparative Caribbean Discourse.


Frances Gotkowitz, 1957-2003
In mid-September the Literature Department was shocked and deeply saddened to receive news of the death of Frances Gotkowitz, who was about to begin her third year as a Ph.D. student in the Comparative Literature section.  She was forty-five.

A native of San Diego, Frances received an Honors B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College in 1981, studied in France for a year, then moved to Washington, D.C., where she spent a decade employed by manage-ment consulting firms working in the publishing industry.  In 1992, Frances decided to return to San Diego and become a teacher, directing a Hebrew tutoring program at a local synagogue and teaching tutorials in writing, reading comprehension, Hebrew language, and the history and literature of the ancient Near East.  A talented, dedicated teacher, she was particularly devoted to working with children and teenagers who had been diagnosed with learning disorders or simply labeled “slow learners.”

In the late 1990s, Frances began taking Concurrent Enrollment courses in Judaic Studies, History, and Literature at UCSD, growing particularly interested in feminist scholarship and representations of ethnicity and diaspora in the Hebrew Bible.  These interests and her fascination with cultural constructions of identity and subjectivity inspired her to revive her long-deferred plans to enter graduate school.  In 2001 she was awarded a San Diego Fellowship to join our Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature.  At the time of her death, Frances was pursuing her interests in Anglophone and Francophone early modern and postmodern philosophy, autobiography, personal narratives of immigration, diaspora and ethnicity, and feminist Bible scholarship.  She was deeply engaged in her studies, and she also was looking forward to her first year as a T.A. in Eleanor Roosevelt College.  With her rich experience, her impressive learning, and her dedication to teaching, she would have been a wonderful instructor.

Frances had an acute mind and a ready laugh, possessing great intelligence, warmth, and generosity of spirit.  She also possessed great courage.  For over two years she endured debilitating complications from surgery and fought bravely against the recurrent illnesses that, finally, led her to take her own life.  Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Frances during her too-brief time in our department will remember her gift for friendship, her fierce dedication to her intellectual pursuits, and her long, courageous struggle against pain and despair.  We shall miss her very much.


Jennifer Dyer Cornelissen, Lecturer
LTEN/153 - The Revolutionary War and the Early National Period in U.S. Literature

Renee Gladman, Lecturer
LTWR/115 - Experimental Writing
LTWR/129 - Distributing Literature

Ali Liebegott, Lecturer
LTWR/120 - Creative Non-Fiction

Halle Shilling, Lecturer
LTWR/8C - Writing Non-Fiction 

Anna Joy Springer, Lecturer
LTWR/100 - Short Fiction

Laurie Weeks, Lecturer
LTWR/100 Short Fiction
LTWR/110 Screen Writing


Karen Tongston has been selected as a President's Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2003-2004 academic year.  Professor Judith Halberstam will be her mentor.


Burckhardt Prize Winners

Winners of the Burckhardt Prize, announced by Professor Emeritus Andrew Wright at the Honors Reception held June 10, 2003, were as follows:

Taylor Rhodes Lowe: "Natural Selection or Selection of 'Natural': The Operation and Perpetuation of Natural Discourses Within Jane Austen's Novels and National Park"

Tristan Wand:  "Meanwhile at the Stank Bank" and "Don't Pay Us -- We'll Pay You"

Distinguished guests were emeriti  professors Andrew Wright, attending with his wife Gina; Roy Harvey Pearce; and Leonard Newmark, also with his wife.  Professors Wright, Pearce, and Newmark, along with the late Professor Sigurd Burckhardt, were the founding members of UCSD's Department of Literature in the early 1960s.

Clarissa Cló has accepted a three-year appointment as a lecturer in Italian in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Omayra Cruz has been appointed to the position of Lecturer in American Thought and Culture in the School of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham (UK). It is a permanent full-time position comparable to an assistant professorship. The position begins on September 1, 2003.

Amie Filkow will be presenting a paper at the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference in Newport Beach, CA, October 23-26. Her paper is entitled "Creative Destruction: Francis Bacon and State-Sponsored Invention."

Erin Gayton presented a paper entitled "'Love and bread and butter': Fanny Fern and the Literary Wife"    at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers International Conference, held in Ft. Worth, TX, September 24-27. 

Michael Grattan will be presenting a paper on October 25th at a conference in Newport Beach for the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. The paper is entitled "Teaching Revolution: Pedagogy and Political Discourse in the Late Sixteenth Century." He will also be chairing the panel on Early Modern Pedagogy and Authority.

Leslie Hammer presented a paper entitled "Desiring Economic Independence: Remodeling the 'Home Office' in Hannah Lee's Elinor Fulton " at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers International Conference in Ft. Worth, TX, September 24-27.

In June, Su Yun Kim was awarded by the Joseph Naiman Fellowship of Japanese Studies Program.

Susan Kirkpatrick has been named Acting Provost of John Muir College through winter term while Provost Pat Ledden is on leave.

Ruben R. Murillo was awarded a Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Summer 2003 Dissertation Research Fellowship in Ethnic Studies and/or Chicana/Latino Studies.

Tania Triana has been selected for the 2003-2004 President's Dissertation Year Fellowship.

Ariel Tumbaga has been awarded a Rae K. Hepps Fellowship.

Rita Urquijo-Ruiz has been awarded a UCMexus Dissertation Research Fellowship.

Yingjin Zhang has accepted one of the six Fulbright China Research Fellowships in 2003-2004 and will start a project on modern Chinese literary historiography.


PhD Defenses:
Clarissa Cló - June 9, 2003
"Italy in the World and the World in Italy: Tracing Alternative Cultural Trajectories"

Roberto Strongman - June 10, 2003
"Allegorical I/Lands: Personal and National Development in Caribbean Autobiographical Writing"

Demian Pritchard - June 11, 2003
" Policing the Border: Politics and Place in the Literature of Miguel Méndez, Marisela Norte, and Leslie Marmon Silko"

Kathy Glass - September 16, 2003
"Courting Communities: Black Female Activism in the Nineteenth-Century North, 1830-1892"

Master's degrees: Literatures in English
Erica de Angelo
- June 6, 2003
"Writing Blood and Bleeding Ink: The Experience of Menstruation in the Life and Poetry of Sylvia Plath"

Soo-Yeon Choi - June 9, 2003 
"How Time Thickens: Chronotopes in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Alasdair Gray's Poor Things"

Sharna Langlais - June 10, 2003
"Locura, poder e identidad en la obra de Ines Arredondo"

Qualifying Exams:
eda Atanasoski - June 10
(also received an MA degree in French Literature)

Jennifer Diamond - June 11
(also received an MA degree in Literatures in English)

Mata Gonzales - June 12

Heidi Hoechst - June 4
(also received an MA degree in Literatures in English)

Jinah Kim - June 11
(also received an MA degree in Literatures in English)

Jake Mattox - June 12
(also received an MA degree in Literatures in English) 

Gabriela Nunez - June 9
(also received an MA degree in Literatures in English)



Contemporary China Reflected in Underground Films:
2003 UCSD Chinese Underground Film Festival, October 8-10, 2003
2003 UCSD 中國地下電影節
The UCSD Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), UCSD Chinese Studies Program (CSP), UCSD Council on East Asian Studies (CEAS), UCSD Libraries, 99 Ranch Market, and the Hsiu Endowment will host a three-day Chinese underground film festival at UCSD in October, 2003. It will feature thirteen films (with English subtitles) shown in the Price Center Theatre with four panel discussions led by well known film directors and scholars, free of charge. This is the first film festival in the world dedicated to Chinese underground films. These films, which have never been publicly distributed and shown in China, provide a unique and unofficial window for people outside its borders to study and understand contemporary China.

 For the full festival schedule, go to http://cuff.ucsd.edu.

All films to be screened at the Price Center Theater.
Free and open to the public.

October 8, (Wednesday), 2003                             
2:00 PM           兒子 / Sons (Fictional film by Zhang Yuan, 1995, 95 minutes)                       

7:00 PM           夜上海 / Shanghai Dreams (Documentary film by Chen Miao, 2001,

                        70 minutes)

                        任消遙 / Unknown Pleasures (Fictional film by Jia Zhangke, 2003,  110 minutes).

October 9, (Thursday), 2003

1:00 PM           舊約 / Old Testament (Fictional film by Cui Zi’en, 2001, 90 minutes)  Warning: Sexual content and nudity. Viewer discretion advised.  

                        盒子 / Box (Documentary film by Ying Weiwei, 2001, 90 minutes)  Warning: Nudity. Viewer discretion advised.

6:30 PM           今年夏天 / Fish and Elephant (Fictional film by Li Yu, 2000, 90 minutes) Warning: Nudity, sexual content. Viewer discretion advised. 

                        上海男孩 / Snake Boy / (Documentary film by Chen Miao, 2002, 60 minutes)

 October 10, (Friday), 2003
10:30 AM        城鄉結合部 / Where City and Country Meet (Documentary film by Zhang Zhanqing, 2001,
                         50 minutes)                         
我不要你管 / Leave Me Alone (Documentary film by Hu Shu, 2001, 70 minutes)
2:30 PM          流浪北京 / Bumming in Beijing (Documentary film by Wu Wenguang, 1995,
                        90 minutes)                      
                        四海為家 / At Home in the World (Documentary film by Wu Wenguang, 1998, 90 minutes)

 6:30 PM          哭泣的女人 / Crying Woman (Fictional film by Liu Bingjian, 2002, 90 minutes)  Warning:
                         Sexual content and nudity. Viewer discretion advised.
                         達木天葬台 / Celestial Burial (Documentary film by Wen Pulin, 2001, 150  minutes) 
                         Warning:   Strong graphic content at the end. Viewer discretion advised.

 Contact:  Yingjin Zhang (yinzhang@ucsd.edu)


Wednesdays, 4:30 pm

 October 8   MAGGIE NELSON and HUNG TU – Visual Arts Performance Space

Maggie Nelson is the author of two poetry collections, Shiner and The Latest Winter. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry of 2002. She is founding editor of Fort Necessity, a small literary magazine, and is currently running the Monday Night Reading Series at The Poetry Project in NYC. She teaches writing courses at Pratt Institute and the New School MFA Program.

Hung Tu was born in Vietnam of Chinese ancestry and raised in San Diego. His books include A Great Ravine, Verisimilitude, and Structures of Feeling. Rodrigo Toscano has called  Structures of Feeling  “a gallery of searing wit and deadpan social observations.”

October 15   JESSICA HAGEDORN – Cross-Cultural Center

Jessica Hagedorn is an acclaimed novelist, playwright and poet whose debut novel, The Dogeaters, was nominated for a National Book Award. Her play “Dogeaters” had its premier at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1998. Born and raised the Philippines, she moved to the United States in her teens. Hagedorn’s other books include Dangerous Music and Dream Jungle.

October 22   RENEE GLADMAN and ANNA JOY SPRINGER – Visual Arts Performance Space

Renee Gladman is the author of The Activist and Juice, which Publishers Weekly has called “an agreeably personal and expansively philosophical collection of four fictional prose poems.” She has edited the Leroy Chapbook Series and has recently launched Leon Works, a perfect-bound press for experimental prose.

Anna Joy Springer is a queer, cross-genre writer and artist from Merced, California. Her most recent work is accessible on-line at Blithe House Quarterly and in the journals Nerve Lantern and Avoid Strange Men.

October 29   JACKSON MAC LOW and ANNE TARDOS – Visual Arts Performance Space

Jackson Mac Low makes poems, essays, performance, and radio works. Author of about 30 books and published in over 90 collections, Mac Low has performed (often with poet, visual artist, and composer Anne Tardos) in many countries. Mac Low’s awards include the Guggenheim, the NEA and CAPS Fellowships, and the 1999 Wallace Stevens Award of the Academy of American Poets. His most recent book is Doings: An Assortment of Performance Pieces 1955-2002.

Anne Tardos is a poet, visual artist, and composer.  She is the author of the multilingual performance work Among Men, which was produced by West German Radio in Cologne. Her visual texts have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her most recent book of multilingual poems and graphics is The Dik-dik’s Solitude.

November 5   TREVOR JOYCE – Visual Arts Performance Space

Irish poet and scholar Trevor Joyce is a man of diverse accomplishments. Having read Philosophy and English at University College Dublin, he moved to Cork where he studied mathematics. Joyce has worked as a systems analyst and lectured on classical Chinese poetry. He has published 9 volumes of poetry, including The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine and stone floods, which was nominated for the Irish Times Literary Prize. Appointed a Fulbright Scholar for 2002-2003, Joyce is researching specific overlaps in science, history, and poetry.

November 12   LYNNE TILLMAN – deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Lynne Tillman’s novels include Motion Sickness, Cast In Doubt, and No Lease on Life (a National Book Critics Circle Finalist, 1998). Her recent short story collection, This Is Not It, was voted one of the best books of 2002 by The Village Voice. Tillman’s fiction was chosen for the 1995 Whitney Biennial catalogue, along with the poetry of John Ashbery, to represent U.S. writing.

Contact: Rae Armantrout (rarmantrout@ucsd.edu)

"What you need to know about next week's recall election" - A teach-in for staff, students, and faculty

Thursday, October 2
Cross-Cultural Center
5-7 p.m.

Scheduled speakers:
Heather Flowe, Vice President, Graduate Students Association
Maria Lourdes F. Reyes, MD
Anthony Valladolid, Student Legal Services
Additional speakers to be added.

Sponsored by the UCSD Chicano/Latino Concilio and the Cross Cultural Center.

Contact person:  Jorge Mariscal

Bram Dijkstra

"The Jews and the Blacks in the Thirties"
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla
Coast Room
Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 pm

Dijkstra will talk about his recent publication and exhibition American Expressionism: Art and Social Change 1920-1950. Admission is free.

UCSD Open House 2003 will take place on Saturday, October 25, from 8 am – 1 pm. The theme this year, in keeping with the 100th anniversary of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is "Oceans of Fun."


Distinguished Alumni Lecture
Thursday, November 13, 2003 – 4:00 pm

June Howard (Ph.D. in English, 1979) has been invited to deliver the department's Distinguished Alumni Lecture at 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 13. She is currently Professor of English, American Culture, and Women's Studies, and Associate Dean, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, at the University of Michigan.

Professor Howard's primary interests are in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century U.S. literature and culture, cultural theory, women’s studies, and American studies. Her publications include Publishing the Family (Duke University Press, 2001); “What is Sentimentality?” American Literary History (Spring, 1999); and Form and History in American Literary Naturalism (University of North Carolina Press, 1985). She also edited and introduced New Essays on Sarah Orne Jewett’s Country of the Pointed Firs (1994).



Irreconcilable Differences?
Jacques Derrida and the Question of Religion
October 23-25, 2003
University of California, Santa Barbara

Please visit the conference website for further information, registration, and latest updates: http://www.religion.ucsb.edu/projects/irreconcilabledifferences.

Symposium on Early Modern Women 

The Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies at the University of Maryland is sponsoring a symposium entitled "Attending to Early Modern Women: Structures and Subjectivities" on November 6-8, 2003.

 The Persistence of Form:
Culture, History, and the Aesthetic

 29th Annual Conference on Literature and Film
Florida State University
January 29-February 1, 2004

Deadline for submission of abstracts: October 15, 2003.

Narrative Approaches to Reality in German Literature and Culture

2004 German Studies Conference at Stanford University
March 5-6, 2004

The graduate students of Stanford University's Department of German Studies invite proposals addressing the tensions between truth and fiction. Please contact Ana Minvielle for details.

 Proposal due date: November 1, 2003.

 2003 Modern Language Association Convention

Scheduled December 27-30 in San Diego, the 119th annual MLA convention will be headquartered at the Manchester Grand Hyatt (English) and the San Diego Marriott (foreign languages), with both English and foreign language sessions at the Convention Center.

Deadline for registration and housing is December 1.

For details, please go to http://www.mla.org.


Academic Senate Committee on Research

The next deadline for Research Grant Proposals and Travel to Scholarly Meetings is October 17,  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 http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor.htm.

APPLICATION FORMS are available at http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor/applications/corapps.htm.

UC President’s Research Fellowships in the Humanities

Academic Senate members doing research in the humanities are invited to apply for the President’s Research Fellowships in the Humanities. Assistant professors are encouraged to apply. Interactive application materials are available at http://www.ucop.edu/research/prfh.

Applications must be received by October 13, 2003.

 UC Humanities Research Institute, 2004-05

Conference Grants are designed to foster an intellectual community among University of California scholars from a range of campuses and disciplines. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 and require at least 50% matching funds from the applicant's home campus or other sources.

Seminar Grants are intended to be more focused in content and smaller in scale—generally focusing on a research problem within a discipline, though inter-disciplinary discussions on a seminar scale are also appropriate. Grants range from $3,000 to $5,000, and require at least 50% matched funds.

For information and application forms, please see the UCHRI website at www.hri.uci.edu.

Proposals must be received by October 15, 2003.

National Humanities Center Fellowships

 Fellowships of up to $50,000 are available. Younger scholars are encouraged to apply, but they should be engaged in research other than the revision of a doctoral dissertation.

Deadline: October 15, 2003.

Stanford Humanities Center Fellowships

External fellowships offer faculty research opportunities to members of humanities departments and to other scholars interested in humanistic issues. Applicants must be three years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. at the time the award begins.

For information, see http://shc.stanford.edu

Deadline: October 15, 2003 

American Antiquarian Society Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowships

Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are invited to apply. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections--American history and culture through 1876--is eligible.

For details, go to http://www.americanantiquarian.org.

Deadline: October 15, 2003

 Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities

 Post-doctoral fellowships are available for those who received the Ph.D. between January 1, 1998 and July 1, 2004.

 For details, go to http://www.columbia.edu/cu/societyoffellows

 Deadline: October 15, 2003

Getty Research Institute Grants for Getty Scholars and Visiting Scholars

The institute’s theme for 2004-05 is "Duration." Applications are welcome from scholars whose projects are related to this theme. Library grants, guest scholar grants, and nonresidential grants, including postdoctoral fellowships, are also available.

For further information, go to http://www.getty.edu/grants/research/scholars/scholars.html.

 Deadline: November 1, 2003.

 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grants in Women's Studies

 These grants encourage original research that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries.

 See http://www.woodrow.org/womens-studies/.

 Deadline: November 3, 2003

National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

Projects must involve a minimum of two scholars or be large enough to require additional staff and resources.

For details, go to http://www.neh.gov.

Deadline: November 3

American Association of University Women
American Fellowships

Women may apply for Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships, Dissertation Fellowships, and Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants.

See  http://www.aauw.org/fga/fellowships_grants.

Deadline: November 15, 2003

Princeton University Institute for Advanced Studies – The School of Social Science

Senior and junior scholars are invited to apply to become Visiting Members. The theme for 2004-2005 is Interdisciplinarity and Its Objects.  A completed doctorate or equivalent is required of all applicants.

Deadline: November 15, 2003

 UCSD Libraries offer Melvyl Catalog Training

The Melvyl Catalog, your online gateway to books, journals, and other materials owned by University of California libraries, has a new look and improved searching capabilities. To familiarize the UCSD community with this new and improved catalog, the UCSD Libraries will offer Melvyl training sessions every week throughout October.