June 2005 News


Michael Davidson
"Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability (in the) Arts." PMLA 120.2 (March, 2005).
"The Crawl." War and Peace 2. Ed. Judith Goldman and Leslie Scalapino. Oakland: O Books, 2005.
"Philosophy and Theory in U.S. Modern Poetry." A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Ed. Stephen Fredman. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005.

Marcel Hénaff
De Sade: Izobretenie tela libertena. St. Petersburg: Humanitarnia Academia Press, 2005. [Russian translation of Sade: The Invention of the Libertine Body]

"Don cérémoniel, dette et reconnaissance." Le Don, la Dette. Ed. Marco M. Olivetti. Rome: CEDAM Bibliotheca dell' Archivo di Filosofia, 2005. 17-35 [Proceedings of the conference on the same topic held in Rome in January 2004; in the same volume is the keynote speech by Paul Ricoeur: "'Considération sur la triade: Le Sacrifice, la Dette, La Grâce,' selon Marcel Hénaff." 37-44]

Lisa Lowe
Review of An Absent Presence: Japanese Americans in Postwar American Culture, 1945-1960. By Caroline Chung Simpson. Modern Language Quarterly 66:2 (June 2005): 266-268.

José de Piérola

Shatranj [novel]. Bogotá-Lima: Grupo Editorial Norma, 2005.

"El conflicto entre la oralidad y la escritura en la obra de Manuel Scorza." Hispanista 5, 20 (Enero-Marzo 2005).

Yingjin Zhang published two new research articles in Chinese:
“A Brief Survey of Western Studies of Chinese Cinema” Film Art [Beijing] 2005, no. 2.
“Returning to the Self: Decoding ‘My Camera Doesn’t Lie.’” Twenty-First Century [Hong Kong] 88 (April 2005).


Erin Gayton has accepted a Mellon Lecturing Fellowship in the University Writing Program at Duke University. It is a 3-year initial appointment.

Chris Guzaitis has been awarded a 2005-2006 UC President’s Dissertation Fellowship.

Heidi Hoechst has been awarded a departmental dissertation fellowship for 2005-2006.

Junghyun Hwang received the Friends of the International Center Fellowship.

Nathalie Joseph has accepted a three-year lectureship (renewable contract) teaching full-time at USC.

Jinah Kim was awarded a grant from the Pacific Rim Research Program.

Su-Yun Kim was awarded a Joseph Naiman Fellowship from Japanese Studies. She was also awarded a Pacific Rim Research travel grant and a NEAC (North East Asian Council) travel grant in Korean Studies.

Melisa Klimaszewski (Ph. D. 2002) has accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Drury University. This is a two-year position, with the possibility of subsequent tenure-track conversion. Melisa will also spend much of the coming summer in residence as a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library.

On April 14 Stephen Potts delivered the paper "Flappers, Philosophers, and Fitzgerald: Youth and the Culture War of the Jazz Age" at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference at the Hofstra Cultural Center (Hofstra University) in New York.

Irmary Reyes-Santos received a travel grant from the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS). She has also been awarded a departmental dissertation fellowship for 2005-2006.

Jerry Rothenberg was one of the three cited finalists for this year's PEN American Center award for translation of poetry. The book was Writing Through: Translations and Variations, a selection of his translations and related writings, with commentaries, published by Wesleyan University Press. The first prize went to Pierre Joris, who taught here briefly in the early nineties, for his translation of Paul Celan's Lightduress (Green Integer Books).

Chuong-Dai Vo received a travel grant from the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS).

Dessa Rose, the musical based on the Sherley Anne Williams novel, has been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award. Also both lead actors and several supporting actors have been nominated for the Drama Desk Award, as has the music.



PhD Defenses:

Yajaira Padilla – May 19, 2005
"Women, Nation, War, and Migration: Representations of Female Subjectivity in Salvadoran and U.S.- Salvadoran Literature, 1980-1990's"

Erin Gayton – May 23, 2005
"A Problem of Possession: Marriage and Property in American Literature, 1850-1900"

Jenn Diamond – May 27, 2005
"Ivory Towers and Ivory Soap: Composition, Housewife Humor and Domestic Gothic, 1940-1970"

Laurel Plapp – May 31, 2005
"The Orient in Europe: Zionism and Revolution in European-Jewish Literature"

MA Defenses:

Cheol-U Jang – May 26, 2005 – MA in Literatures in English
"Becoming: Toward a Deleuzian Reading of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson"

Britta Hershman – May 31, 2005 – MA in Comparative Literature
"Young Writers, Popular Culture, and a New Realism: German and Italian Literature in the 1990s"

Qualifying Exam:

Liyan Qin – May 27, 2005 (also received an MA in Literatures in English)


Undergraduate students reading their prose and poetry at the 2005 Spring Celebration of the Arts included:

Jennifer Hare - Keely Hyslop - Javier Jimenez - Janice Lee - Sean Lee - Megan Ma
 Janine Megannam - Shoshana Seidman - Prayer Trairatvorakul - Alissa Walters

- with opening remarks by -
Lauren Buck and David Jonathan Lanni

Stewart Prize for Poetry
 - Sean Lee

Saier Award for Fiction
 - Janice Lee



A Message from Don Wayne

As the academic year draws to a close, and as Todd Kontje completes his tenure as Department Chair, I want to take this opportunity to thank Todd for his tireless work over the past three years and for his tremendous accomplishments on behalf of us all. Thanks, too, to Bob Cancel for his hard work as Vice Chair.

As of July 1, I will be assuming the office of Chair and I am very happy to say that Michael Davidson has agreed to serve as Vice Chair. I’m fortunate in knowing that I can count on the experience and good counsel of Todd and other former Chairs, and on the advice and support of faculty, staff, and students in the process of learning what promises to be an interesting and challenging job.

I wish you all a very enjoyable and productive summer.

Don Wayne  

Susan Kirkpatrick

It is with our deepest appreciation and admiration that we acknowledge Susan Kirkpatrick as she retires after thirty-five years in the Department of Literature. Susan joined the Literature Department in 1971, having received her Ph.D. from Harvard University where she specialized in comparative literature and peninsular Spanish Literature. In her thirty plus years at UCSD, she has not only participated with distinction at every level of the academic institution, including as the Chair of the Literature Department from 1988-1991, Director of the Women’s Studies Program, 1993-1996, and Associate Chancellor from 1996 to 2000, but she has given us, over and over again, service that has been the model of principled intelligence. As a teacher, colleague, and member of the university community, Susan leaves us as an incomparable example of leadership. Among her many other contributions to our community was her involvement in establishing the Preuss School, the university’s first charter school, on whose board of directors she continues to sit. Susan contributed extensively to the expansion of diversity on campus by her work on the Diversity Council and the Subcommittees on the Status of Women and the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Affairs. Beyond the university, her professional activities have included many international societies, journals, and associations, including membership on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association.

Susan Kirkpatrick is a leading scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth- century peninsular Spanish literature and culture. Her first book, Larra: El laberinto inextricable de un romántico liberal (Gredos, 1977), was a study of the famous Spanish novelist and dramatist Mariano José de Larra. She has authored books and essays which have redefined the role of women in Spanish traditions of liberalism and romanticism, including her pathbreaking Las Románticas (University of California, 1989) and more recently, Mujer modernismo y vanguardia; 1898-1931 published by Editorial Cátedra and the University of Valencia in its Feminismos series. Owing to her publications on a wide range of topics including the novels of Rosalia de Castro, María Gertrudis Hore, Francisca Larea, José María Blanco White, Emilia Pardo Bazán, and others, Susan has been often invited to deliver distinguished lectures and keynote addresses, both here and abroad, from the Lois B. Mathews Lecture at UCLA in 1997 to a conference on gender in the Spanish Enlightenment sponsored by the University of Cadiz in 2000. She presented her work on Blanco White at the King Juan Carlos I center in New York and at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and the London University’s School of Advanced Study.

Beyond her academic work, Susan has been a much respected and beloved teacher of Spanish literature, comparative literature, and critical theory. Her graduate students have gone on to assume positions at distinguished institutions, including Brown, Hopkins, Wisconsin, Purdue, and others. They express admiration and gratitude, as one former student who wrote of Susan: "The gift that I am most grateful for as a former student is the gift of Susan Kirkpatrick's personal example. To me, she embodies the finest personal qualities that an academic can possess: professionalism, equanimity, humility, and leadership. In my travels I have met many scholars of stature, but few are have been as down to earth and dignified as Susan Kirkpatrick."

We wish Susan well in her retirement, yet we also recognize that the Literature Department will be losing a colleague who has brought an unparalleled level of integrity, compassion, and decency to discussion and debate. She has always taken a broad view of policy, seeking to facilitate and promote discussion. Her comments at department meetings and intellectual forums are always considered and insightful. Many, many of us have benefited from her generous comments on ongoing research. As a department and section leader, she brought the department through rough times, finding solutions for difficult problems, bringing constituencies together. We will miss Susan Kirkpatrick as a colleague and friend, and we wish her every happiness in her retirement.

Michael Davidson
Lisa Lowe


Dylan Sailor

Please join us in congratulating our colleague, Dylan Sailor, who has accepted a position in the Department of Classics at UC Berkeley. Dylan’s work on writers such as Livy and Tacitus not only brings new interpretive perspectives to the study of Ancient Rome, but also has implications for thinking about historiography and interpretation in relation to pressing contemporary issues of political interpretation of history and its relationship to questions of empire and imperialism.

Upon joining the Department in 2002, Dylan quickly established himself as an effective and engaging teacher, earning high praise from students not only in his smaller courses, but also in the Revelle Humanities program.

Dylan also served on a number of committees at the department and campus level, helping to recruit new faculty for Literature and also for the History Department by serving on their search committee for a historian of Ancient Rome this past fall. Dylan also participated actively in Tri-Campus Graduate Program in Classics, teaching a graduate seminar at UCLA and working with graduate students at UC Irvine. He has been a conscientious and generous colleague, and we wish to thank him for his service here and to wish him continuing success.

Anthony Edwards
Todd Kontje
Lisa Lampert


San Diego Open Air Book Fair

Ellen Quinn (Quinny) writes that the 17th annual San Diego Open Air Book Fair in Hillcrest will take place on Sunday, June 12th.

Bilingual Book Discussion Continues with Novel by Norma Elia Cantu

As part of the Historias! bilingual book discussion program, the novel Canícula: Imágenes de una Niñez Fronteriza (Canicula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera) by Norma Elia Cantu will be reviewed. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on June 20 at the Linda Vista Branch Library, 2160 Ulric St. The story chronicles the coming of age of a Chicana in the U.S.-Mexico border towns of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo in the 1950s and 1960s.

The discussions are facilitated by Marta Gonzales, a Ph.D candidate in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego. Historias! is a partnership between the Library and the Media Arts Center San Diego’s San Diego Latino Film Festival. For information or to sign up, call the library at 858-573-1399. Details are available on the Web at