March 2005 News


Alain J.-J. Cohen
‘Three Dangerous Liaisons. Letter LXXXI filmed by Vadim, Forman, Frears.’ IRIS. A Journal of Theory on Image and Sound. «Film Adaptation: Methodological Questions, Æsthetic Questions» 30 (2004): 55-71.

Michael Davidson
"Robert Duncan: A Metaphysical Quotient." Jacket 26 (Oct. 2004).

Roddey Reid
"Tensions within California Tobacco Control: Health Movements, State Initiatives, and Community Mobilization." Science as Culture 13. 4 (2004): 516-37.

Wai-lim Yip
"Debunking claims of Xin, Da, and Ya: The Afterlife of Translations." Twentieth-Century Chinese Translation Theory: modes, issues and debates. Ed. Leo Tak-hung Chan. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2004.


“Reflejos poéticos entre España y China. Jorge Guillén y Wai-Lim Yip.” Recopilación, introducción y commentarios de Javier Yagűe Bosch. Boletín de la funcación Federico García Lorca 32 (Dic 2002): 57-119.

When Spanish poet Jorge Guillén visited UCSD for a month-long appointment as a visiting professor in spring 1968, he and Professor Wai-lim Yip developed a friendship that led to a cultural exchange in their work. Javier Yagűe Bosch translates Yip’s recollections of his initial conversations with Guillén, traces the subsequent development of Guillén’s interest in Chinese poets and aesthetics, and translates a selection of Yip’s poems set in the Spanish poet’s homeland.

Among the selections of Guillén’s poetry are his “Versión de un Nombre Propio,” which he dedicated to Yip, and his translation of a 1972 Yip poem, which he entitled “Paisajes castellanos.” In addition to a number of poems set in Spain, the selected Yip poems include “Carta a Jorge Guillén,” (1968), “Para Jorge Guillén,” (1978), and “Una Voz, Trémula Pero Firme...” (1986), written in commemoration of Guillén’s death.

Congratulations to graduate students who are completing their studies and are advancing their careers. We wish them great success in their new positions.

Esther Lezra has been awarded the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship under the mentorship of George Lipsitz at UC Santa Cruz.

Yajaira Padilla has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish at the University of Kansas.


MA Defense

Maria Howell – February 3, 2005

Qualifying Exam

Leslie Hammer- February 8, 2005



the James K. Binder
Lectureship in Literature


Klaus Scherpe
Professor of Contemporary German Literature
Humboldt University in Berlin 

"How German Is It, and How American? Ironic Replays in Literature"

March 1, 2005, 7:30 pm               Fung Auditorium, Bioengineering Building

sponsor: Department of Literature
contact: Todd Kontje

"Dynamic: The Black Experience in America"
Book discussions led by Camille Forbes

Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 pm
Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin

San Diego Public Library, Central Branch, 820 E Street


Walton Look Lai
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

"The Other Asian America: Labor Migration to the Caribbean Region after 1838"

Tuesday, March 8, 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

sponsors: Departments of Literature, History, & Ethnic Studies
contact: Lisa Lowe
for details:


All readings at 4:30 pm in the Visual Arts Performance Space

Fanny Howe
Wednesday, March 9

Celebrated poet, novelist, and UCSD literature professor emerita, Fanny Howe, returns to UCSD for this reading. Howe’s most recent books include On the Ground (Graywolf), The Wedding Dress, Gone, and Selected Poems (all from UC Press.) Her poems are incarnations in which spiritual longing and material fate intersect. Of Howe’s Selected Poems, John Ashbery writes, “Fanny Howe’s strangely hushed but busy landscape keeps leading us into it until we realize we’re lost but wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

The New Writing Series is sponsored by UCSD's Department of Literature, Division of Arts & Humanities, and Muir Provost's Humanities Fund.

Rae Armantrout

A Film by Saul Landau, Sonia Angulo and Farrah Hassan
Post-Screening Discussion with Filmmaker Saul Landau

WED. March 16, 2005 @ 3 p.m. UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

Sponsored by the Program in Middle East Studies and the Department of Literature.
Contact person: Jorge Mariscal

"Rent Girl”

a reading with Michelle Tea
and a slide show by Lauren McCubben
from their graphic novel Rent Girl
which came out this past fall from Last Gasp

Thurs. March 17 at 7PM in the DeCerteau Room

UCSD Writing faculty member Ali Liebegott will give a short cameo reading from her just published epic poem, The Beautifully Worthless.

sponsor: Department of Literature
contact: Eileen Myles

“The Practice of Dreams”

works by Pasquale Verdicchio, Lynn Susholtz, and Andrea Singer

Art Produce Gallery, 3139 University Avenue
through March 12

March 21: Opening night of DESSA ROSE
Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater

Based on the acclaimed novel by Sherley Anne Williams, the show tells the story of a pregnant runaway slave and the woman who shelters her. It's a powerful tale of courage, brutality, redemption, and friendship.

Music By Stephen Flaherty Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Direction and Choreography by Graciela Daniele

Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
150 West 65th Street New York, NY 10023
Tickets: 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250

March 16 - April 24

The Old Globe is presenting Himself and Nora, a world-premiere musical about the relationship between James Joyce and Nora Barnacle. By Jonathan Brielle (composer and co-lyricist) and Sheila Walsh (author and co-lyricist). Directed by Globe Associate Artist Joseph Hardy and Jeff Calhoun.

Upcoming Lectures – Details in future newsletters:

April 6, 2005 – Binder Lecture Series: Tzvetan Todorov
April 27, 2005 - Edith Wenzel
April 28, 2005 – Elliott Lecture Series: Amy Kaplan
May 5, 2005 – Emory Elliott
May 16, 2006 - Anne duCille
May 24, 2005 - Alumni Lecture Series: Frances Smith Foster