Ali Liebegott

The Beautifully Worthless. San Francisco: Suspect Thoughts Press, 2005.


Sara Johnson

Cinquillo Consciousness: The Formation of a Pan-Caribbean Musical Aesthetic.” Literature, Music and Caribbean Unity, Ed. Tim Reiss. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2005. 37-58.
Kathryn Shevelow

Charlotte: Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London's Wild and Wicked Theatrical World.
New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2005.

Eric Watkins

“Yemeni Cleric Moayad's Conviction Further Strains U.S.-Yemeni Relations.” Unmasking Terror: A Global Review of Terrorist Activities. Washington, DC: The Jamestown Foundation, March 2005.

“Yemen’s Innovative Approach to the War on Terror.” Unmasking Terror: A Global Review of Terrorist Activities. Washington, DC: The Jamestown Foundation, February 2005.

Yingjin Zhang published two new articles in Chinese:

“Methodology in Western Studies of Chinese Cinema.” Journal of the Beijing Film Academy 1 (2005).

“Critical Flânerie: Spatial Practices and New Visuality in Shanghai Modernists.” Comparative Literature in China [Shanghai] 1 (2005).


Peter Atterton
– Literatures of the World LTWL/138 – Critical Religion Studies

Harriet Dodge – Writing Section LTWR/110 – Screen Writing

Steven Paul Martin – Writing Section LTWR/100 – Short Fiction LTWR/104 – The Novella

Jean-Louis Morhange – French Section LTFR/116 Themes in Intellectual and Literary History

Corinne Troussier-Singley – French Section LTFR/2C Intermediate French


Emily Cheng has been awarded a dissertation year fellowship at UC Santa Barbara's Women's Studies Department.

Jenn Diamond has accepted a position as assistant professor of English with Ohio University. She will be teaching composition and literary studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Center for the Humanities Awards

Congratulations to faculty and graduate students who have been awarded Center for the Humanities fellowships!

Faculty Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships

Rosemary George

Neda Atanasoski

Marcel Hénaff

Gabriela Nunez


Chuong-Dai Vo

Academic Senate Teaching Awards

The Department of Literature scored a record-breaking sweep of the 2005 Academic Senate Teaching Awards! Congratulations and many thanks to the department nominees for their superb examples!

Distinguished Teaching Award, Senate Members - Kathryn Shevelow
Barbara J. and Paul D. Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award, Non-Senate Members - Mel Freilicher
Barbara J. and Paul D. Saltman Excellent Teaching Award, Graduate Students - Irmary Reyes-Santos


Thursday, March 31, 2005

9:15-10:15 am
Breakfast with Graduate Student Council and graduate student hosts

10:30-11:45 am
Panel: Graduate students talk about their projects

12:15-1:30 pm
Luncheon for incoming students and faculty advisors at Faculty Club

2:00-3:00 pm
Section advisors available for office consultations or classroom visit

3:00-4:00 pm
Coffee, questions, and information about campus employment (writing and language programs)


William Murray, referred to by the San Diego Union as “an international man of letters who found inspiration for several of his works at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club,” died early on March 10th in New York City after suffering a heart attack at age 78. Bill taught writing as a visiting lecturer both in our department and at San Diego State, mostly in the 1980s.

His broad interests included opera and Italian literature, explored in several non-fiction books and two volumes of translations of Pirandello’s work. He also had a great interest in horse racing, from the intricacies of handicapping and betting to the colorful people drawn to the track. He wrote articles and several books on the sport and gained some acclaim for his mystery series built around the protagonist “Shifty Lou” Anderson, a close-up magician and a total racing fanatic.

Murray’s first novel was Tip on a Dead Jockey, which was successful enough to spawn another nine installments of the series. Many of the book’s characters and venues were based around tracks in southern California, particularly Del Mar. He had a feel for the passion of people who play the horses, often framing them in imagery reminiscent of Damon Runyon. One “Shifty Lou” mystery managed to combine both of Murray’s passions. When Fat Man Sings is set in the worlds of horseracing and opera, with a protagonist reminiscent of Pavarotti, but with a gambling problem.

A native of New York, Murray wrote for The New Yorker for over thirty years. He kept residences in North City West—“3.2 miles from the finish line at Del Mar,” as he liked to point out—and in Italy. Murray had traveled to New York to work out details for the last two of his over twenty published books. Fortissimo, a study of opera, is due to be published next fall by the Crown Books branch of Random House, and his 10th racing mystery novel, Dead Heat, will be published later this year by Eclipse Press. He is survived by his wife and three children from an earlier marriage.

                                                     Robert Cancel 

The department is sponsoring a number of exciting events this spring. For details and updates, please go to the Literature current events page: .

Ashis Nandy
Center for the Study of Developing Societies
and Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures
Delhi, India

“Nationalism: Genuine and not-so-Genuine”

Tuesday, April 5, 2005 – 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Reception to follow in the Lettau Faculty/Staff Lounge, 3138 Literature Building
contact: Rosemary George



 reception to follow

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2005  - 7:30 PM


Lou Charnon-Deutsch
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Hispanic Languages & Literature
SUNY Stony Brook

“Yankee Go Home: Lessons from the War of 1898”

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 – 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

contact: Susan Kirkpatrick


Nina Berman
Associate Professor
Comparative Studies and German Studies
Ohio State University, Columbus

“Commemorating Bandung:
Postcolonial Studies in Historical Perspective”

Friday, April 15, 2005 – 3:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

contact: Fatima El-Tayeb

Kathryn Shevelow
Charlotte: Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London's Wild and Wicked Theatrical World

Reception, informal talk, and book signing.

The Book Works bookstore in Flower Hill Mall
Via del Valle, Del Mar
Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m.

Edith Wenzel

Institute for German Studies
University of Aachen

Isolation or Symbiosis? Social and Cultural Relationships between Jews and Non-Jews in Medieval Central Europe”

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 - 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Lisa Lampert

University of California, San Diego
Department of Literature

The Annual Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture

Amy Kaplan
Graduate Chair, Department of English
University of Pennsylvania

"Where is Guantanamo?"

Thursday, April 28, 2005, 7:30 pm
UCSD - Pepper Canyon Hall 109

                        contact: Michael Davidson

César E. Chávez Celebration 2005

This year’s celebration includes:

* April 5 TUESDAY 12 noon to 1:30pm

Honoring Claudia Smith, Director of the Border Project, California Rural Legal Assistance Fund, for her selfless fighting of injustice and discrimination on behalf of farm workers and the rural poor. The Chicano / Latino Alumni Assoc. will award two UCSD scholarships. International House Great Hall, Eleanor Roosevelt College (858) 534-6862

* April 15 FRIDAY 11:30 to 1pm
Unionization in the Wake of the United Farm Workers
Attorney Ken Ensimaje, President and founder of the United Domestic Workers Union, will speak on the connection between the United Farm Workers Union and the formation of the United Domestic Workers Union, including a historical overview of the evolution and impact of laws and case precedence on unionization efforts in the United States. Reception will follow. Cross-Cultural Center (858) 534-9689
Photo © Juan ‘Johnny’ Lopez (Muir College, 1972)

* April 21 THURSDAY 5pm
"Senorita Extraviada"

A poignant and powerful human rights film by Lourdes Portillo about the kidnapping, rape, and murder of more than 370 young women workers in El Paso / Juarez. A discussion and reception will follow. Cross-Cultural Center (858) 534-9689

* April 28 THURSDAY 7pm
Superwoman Chicana: Poetry and Music with Gloria Velasquez
The Chicano movement for social justice lives on, fierce and passionate, in the poetry and music of Dr. Gloria Velasquez, award-winning writer and professor of Modern Languages and Literature at California State University, San Luis Obispo. International House Great Hall, Eleanor Roosevelt College (858) 822-0510 (free - no reservations),1162,15949,00.html

contact: George Mariscal


see details at

Monday, April 11, 3:00 pm  - Cross Cultural Center

Wednesday, April 13,  4:30 pm  - Visual Arts Performance Space

Wed., May 4, 4:30pm -  deCerteau Room, Literature Building

Wed., May 11, 4:30 pm - Visual Arts Performance Space
Wed., May 18, 4:30 pm -  deCerteau Room, Literature Building

Wed., May 25,  4:30 pm -  Visual Arts Performance Space

The New Writing Series is sponsored by UCSD's Department of Literature, Division of Arts & Humanities, and Muir Provost's Humanities Fund, and Mandeville Special Collections. lê thi diem thúy's visit is also sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Cross-Cultural Center, Thurgood Marshall College, and the Visual Arts Department.
Rae Armantrout  

Upcoming Lectures – Look for details in future newsletters:

May 5, 2005 – Emory Elliott
May 16, 2005 - Anne duCille
May 19, 2005 - Susan Willis
May 24, 2005 - Alumni Lecture Series: Frances Smith Foster

For details and  the latest updates,  see:
Current Events on the Literature website at or
Literature Events Calendar at

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Reminder for undergraduate students:

Spring is upon us, and that means its time for the Department of Literature’s annual Stewart Prize in Poetry ($300 prize) and the Milton Saier Award in Fiction ($1,000 prize)! Feeling creative? Please come by the Undergraduate Literature Office and pick up an entry form. The contest rules are simple. To enter the Saier Award in Fiction you need to submit one piece of fiction, 25 pages maximum, and to enter the Stewart Prize in Poetry you can submit up to 5 poems. More detailed information is included on the entry forms. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27th. The winners will be announced at the May 25th Spring Celebration of the Arts Reading and Reception. We hope you will join us!

Look for numerous funding opportunities for faculty and graduate students at .

Spring term ends Friday, June 10, 2005.
For details, please see the

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