October 2004 News


Alain J.-J. Cohen
"L’Io Lacaniano nell’era digitale." [The Lacanian "I" in the Digital Age.] Psiche. Rivista di Cultura Psicoanalitica XII, 1 «Contaminazioni feconde» (2004): 107-117.

Camille Forbes
with Ghada Osman. "Representing the West in the Arabic Language: The Slave Narrative of Omar Ibn Said." The Journal of Islamic Studies 15.1 (September 2004): 331-343.

Marcel Hénaff
"Don et reconnaissance. Correspondance avec Alain Caillé et Jacques Godbout." Revue du MAUSS 23 (printemps 2004): 243-288.

Todd Kontje
"Marlitt’s World: Domestic Fiction in an Age of Empire." The German Quarterly 77.4 (2004): 20-42.

Lisa Lampert
"Race, Periodicity, and the (Neo-) Middle Ages." Modern Language Quarterly 65 (2004): 391-421.

Yingjin Zhang has recently published four articles in Chinese:
"Transformations of Chinese Images in American Films." Twenty-First Century [Hong Kong] 83 (June 2004): 85-94.
"Behind the Myth: International Film Festivals in the West and Images of Chinese Cinema." Reading [Beijing] 7 (July 2004): 69-74.
"The Glocal City of the Transnational Imaginary: Disappearance and Reinscription in Chinese Urban Cinema." Film Art [Beijing] 4 (July 2004): 20-24.
"Transregional Imagination in Hong Kong Cinema: Questions of Culture, Identity, and Industry." Contemporary Cinema [Beijing] 4 (July 2004): 41-44.

The Best American Poetry of 2004

Professors Rae Armantrout, Michael Davidson, and Eileen Myles,along with Professor Emerita Fanny Howe are represented in The Best American Poetry of 2004, just published by Scribner.

Rae Armantrout – "Almost"
Michael Davidson – "Bad Modernism"
Fanny Howe -- "Catholic"
Eileen Myles -- "No Rewriting"

The Best American Poetry of 2004 is edited by Lyn Heijinian, who taught poetry and personal narrative at UCSD in 1992 and has since returned to give readings for the New Writing Series, is among a number of this year's contributors with UCSD connections. For details, see the UCSD news website.



Three new faculty members joined the department effective July 1, 2004:

Rae Armantrout. Professor of Writing
Rae Armantrout received her M.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University in 1975. Ms. Armantrout began her career in the Bay Area, where she was at the center of the first generation of Language Poets. She has published eight books of poetry and is widely acclaimed as one of the finest poets writing in the United States today. She was twice named as a California Arts Council Fellow in Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2002 Pen Center USA Poetry Award. Ms. Armantrout has taught as a lecturer in the Literature Department with minor interruptions since 1981, and also at San Francisco State University, San Diego State University, and the California College of Arts and Crafts. She will offer undergraduate courses on poetry and poetics, the personal narrative, and U.S. literature, and will serve as a core member of the faculty for a proposed new M.F.A. in Writing.

Fatima El-Tayeb. Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Culture
Dr. El-Tayeb received her Ph.D. magna cum laude from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2001. From 2002-04 she was a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has published a book, Black Germans: Race and National Identity 1890-1933, and has written widely on popular culture and minority agency in contemporary Europe. She also co-authored the screenplay for the film “Alles wird gut” (Everything will be fine). Dr. El-Tayeb is the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Transcoop Grant and the co-organizer of the international Black European Studies Project that has received major funding from the VW Foundation. She is also a curator of the Black Atlantic Project exhibit taking place this fall at the Haus der Kulturen in Berlin. Dr. El-Tayeb’s areas of specialization and teaching will include African-American literature, African Diaspora Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnic Minorities in Europe, Postcolonial Studies, Visual Culture Studies, and screenplay writing.

Meg Wesling,  Assistant Professor of American Literature
Meg Wesling received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Cornell University in June 2004. Her dissertation, “States of Culture: Pedagogy and the Making of American Citizens,” studies the discourse of citizenship in the U.S. in the first half of the century. She is interested in the role played by the expansion of compulsory public education, the extension of suffrage to white and African American women, and the production of public discourse around issues of citizenship in a democratic society. At Cornell University Dr. Wesling won the Martin Sampson Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

New Lecturers

Brian Cope, Spanish Section
LTSP/123 - Modern Spanish Culture
LTSP/129 - Spanish Writing After 1939
Lindy Laub, Writing Section
LTWR/110 - Screenwriting

Visiting Scholars

Beatriz Rhett
Sponsor:  Jaime Concha
Period:  8/2004 - 3/2005
Margo Hendricks
Sponsor:  Jorge Mariscal
Period:  9/15/2004 - 7/1/2005


Welcome to twenty PhD students entering this fall, including four who have "re-enlisted" in  the department:  Isa Murdock, Elizabeth Richardson, Michelle Stuckey, Alexa Weik

Literatures in English major Edward Avila, who graduated from UCSD in 2002, has also enrolled in the PhD program this year.

Fifteen students join the department after having obtained BAs or MAs from as nearby as San Diego State University to as far away as the Sorbonne. They're listed below (alphabetically, not geographically).

Caralyn Bialo (BA, University of Pennsylvania), Scott Boehm (BA, University of Georgia), D.J. Campbell (MA, Portland State University), Eunjeong Choi (MA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Melissa Hidalgo (MA, University of Chicago), John Higgins (MA, University of Chicago), Adam Lewis (BA, University of Minnesota), Viviana McManus (BA, Occidental College) Annie Mendoza (MA , University of Miami), Michael Pozo (BA, St. John's University), Irene Robles-Huerta (MA, University of Pennsylvania), Carla Rodriguez, (MA , San Diego State University), Sarah Shnack (BA, University of San Francisco), Amanda Solomon (BA, University of San Francisco) Edwige Tamalet (MAIT, University of Paris, Sorbonne).

Milos Kokotovic has been promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2004.

Lisa Lampert has been promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2004.


  Fall Winter Spring
Chair Todd Kontje Todd Kontje Todd Kontje
Vice Chair Robert Cancel Robert Cancel Robert Cancel
Members Dylan Sailor
Don Wayne
Yinjing Zhang
Camille Forbes
Don Wayne
Camille Forbes
Don Wayne

Yinjing Zhang
Graduate Student Rep. Chris Guzaitis Chris Guzaitis Chris Guzaitis


Section Heads Graduate Advisors     Undergraduate Advisors


President: Chris Guzaitis
ABD Representative:  Irene Mata
MA Representative: Jessica Lopez-Vazquez
Literatures in English: Elizabeth SteebyAmie Filkow
Comparative  Literature: Michelle Stuckey
Cultural Studies: Benjamin Balthaser & David Najar
Composition: Iris Ruiz
Literatures in Spanish: Gabriela McEvoy


Bram Dijkstra's American Expressionism: Art and Social Change 1920-1950 (Harry N. Abrams, 2003) was awarded the 2003 Silver Medal for Non-Fiction at the 73rd annual California Book Awards ceremony in June. (See UCSD news story.)

Margaret Fajardo received a $3,000 summer dissertation fellowship in from the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Rosemary Marangoly George gave the keynote address at the "Narratives Of  'Home' in South Asian Literature" conference organized by SOAS [School for Oriental and African Studies], London, June 24-25 2004. Her talk was titled: "Fortuitous Slippage: From Malgudi to Madhupur."

Jorge Mariscal's article "Military Targets Latino Youth." published by War Times in November 2003, has been chosen for the #19 story on Project Censored's list of Top 25 Censored News Stories of 2003-04, to be published in their yearbook of undercovered news, Censored 2005. Other journalists in Censored 2005 include Amy Goodman, Greg Palast, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Michel Chossudovsky, Dennis Bernstein, Juan Gonzales, and many others.  

David Morrow has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Michigan State University.

Eileen Myles's opera, Hell, will be performed at various venues  throughout the country this fall,  including at the UCLA Hammer on Saturday, October 16, at 8:00 pm. Hell's libretto was written by Eileen Myles, the score by Michael Webster.

Laura Pierson (MA student in Literatures in English) was named TA rookie of the year at Eleanor Roosevelt College's Making of the Modern World for 2003-2004.

Roberto Strongman accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position to teach courses in Caribbean literature in the Black Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara effective July 1, 2004.

Lisa Yoneyama gave a keynote address at the "Metropolitan Catastrophes:Scenarios, Experiences and Commemorations in the Era of Total War," conference organized by the Centre for Metropolitan History, IHR (Institute of Historical Research) at School of Advanced Study of the University of London, London, July 12-13, 2004. Her talk was titled: "Memories in Ruins: Politics of Remembering and Forgetting Hiroshima's Atomic Annihilation."


PhD Defenses

Adrienne Eastwood
- June 2, 2004: "Before the Threshold: The Elizabethan Epithalamium and Negotiations of Power"

Tania Triana
- June 11, 2004: "Caña Quemá: Narrating Race, Gender and Nation(s) in Cuba"

Yu-Fang Cho - July 28, 2004: "Narratives of Coupling in the Shadow of Manifest Domesticity: Transnational Politics of U.S. Cultures of Benevolence, 1890s-1910s"

MA Defenses

Annie Liu - June 3, 2004 - MA.  Literatures in English:
"Troubling Asian American Masculinity in Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow"

Laura Manzo - June 6, 2004 - MA, Literatures in Spanish
"Reclaiming Public Space: Women, Work, and Activism in Two Plays by Cherrie Moraga"

Isa Murdock - June 7, 2004 - MA, Comparative Literature
"The Postmodern Cinema of Spike Jonze"

Lauren Mitchell
- June 7, 2004 - MA, Literatures in English
"Eating the Road: Consumption of the Landscape and the Freeway Experience in Southern California"

Qualifying Exams

Emily Cheng
- June 7, 2004 (also received an MA in Literatures in English)

Irmary Reyes-Santos
- June 9, 2004 (also received an MA in Literatures in Spanish)

Honors Reception & Awards

Honors students feted at the Honors Reception on June 8 include Jessica Lingel, who was awarded the Burckhardt Prize, and Deborah Fitzgerald and Corrine Fitzpatrick, who tied for the newly instituted prize honoring former faculty member Sherley Anne Williams.


October 4, 3:00 pm - de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building
Gregory Lobo,
Universidad de los Andes
"Colombia: Culture and Hegemony?"

October 5, 7:00 pm - de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building
Free Public Lecture by Visiting Professor Ania Loomba
"Early Modern Traffick -- Trade, Difference, and the Making of Colonialism"

October 9, 7:00 pm - D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
The Best American Poetry 2004
reading by Will Alexander, Rae Armantrout
, Michael Davidson, and Eileen Myles

October 18, 4:00 pm - IR/PS, room 3201
José (Butch) Dalisay  - "English in the Philippines: In America's Own Image"

October 19, 7:30 pm - Center Hall 101
Todd Kontje - "Orientalism and German Studies Today"
Center for the Humanities - Humanities Dialogue

For details of all events, see Current Events

NEW WRITING SERIES - Fall 2004 readings begin October 6 with a reading by UCSD School of Medicine professor Sanjay Nigam.

NEW !!!  For a listing of fellowship and grant opportunities, please go to funding opportunities.

Faculty members are reminded that the UC Humanities Research Institute will be conducting a proposal development workshop at the Supercomputer Center on Wednesday, October 6. Go to
UCHRI for details.

A reminder, too, that  UC President's Research Fellowship in the Humanties proposals are due October 15.

  American Studies Association, November 11-14, 2004 – Atlanta
  (Registration closes October 11, 2004.)

  Modern Language Association, December 27-30, 2004 – Philadelphia
  (Registration closes December 1, 2004.)