December 2005 News

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Max Parra
Book: Writing Pancho Villa’s Revolution. Rebels in the Literary Imagination of Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.

Article: “La voz a ti debida.” Literatura mexicana 14.1 (2003). [The article was just published, although the date is 2003.]

Roddey Reid
"Fractured Media Sphere and U.S. Health Promotion: Parsing Cigarettes as an Icon of Flawed Modernity." Communication Theory 15.3: 314-39.

Yingjin Zhang published two new research articles in Chinese:

1. “Chinese Modernity and Literary Historiography.” Selected Lectures at Peking University. Vol. 13. Ed. Wen Chi. Beijing: New World Press, 2005. 167-86.

2. “The Lure of Multiplicity: Eileen Chang, Literary History, and Cultural Studies.” Cultural Studies [Beijing] 5 (May 2005): 169-80.

 


AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's novel, Madeleine Is Sleeping, has been selected as this year's winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. This prize was created to further the accomplishments of women in literature, and its name honors a young editor whose life was cut short. Administered by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of English at the University of Rochester, the prize this year is $5,000 and an invitation to give a reading at the University of Rochester.

This is the second major honor awarded to Professor Bynum recently. As announced last month, she is also the recipient of a prestigious Whiting Writers' Award.

Marta Gonzales has been awarded a Department of Literature one-quarter dissertation fellowship.

Linda Torres has been awarded a Department of Literature one-quarter dissertation fellowship.


EXAMS & DEFENSES

PhD defense:

Priya Venkatesan - Advanced to Candidacy for PhD June 30, 2004.
Doctor of Philosophy received December 10, 2005.
"Molecular Biology in Narrative Form"

MA defense:

Laura Beth Pierson – November 21, 2005. MA Literatures in English.
"'Fighting Words:' The Impact of Dorothy Parker’s Political Activism on Her Short Fiction"

Qualifying Exams:

Amie Filkow - November 14, 2005.
Junghyun Hwang - November 28, 2005.
Elle Weatherup - November 28, 2005. MA in Literatures in English.

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Writing Series
Winter 2006

     
 Wed Jan 25
CLAUDIA RANKINE

Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm

Winner of an Academy of American Poets fellowship, Claudia Rankine is acclaimed for her poetry, a unique blend of essay, lyric and TV imagery.
          

Wed Feb 1
SUSAN WHEELER

Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm

Susan Wheeler, an award-winning poet, also has also written a novel. Toni Morrison has praised her work as "irresistible," and John Ashbery calls it "a treasure."
(Photo credit: Jonathan Furmanski)
        
Wed Feb 8
BRUCE BENDERSON

deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building, 4:30 pm

Writer and translator Bruce Benderson recently became the first American to win the prestigious French literary prize, the Prix de Flore, for his memoir about erotic adventures in Rumania.
     


Thurs Feb 18
TOM RAWORTH

deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building, 4:30 pm

British poet Tom Raworth, author of more than forty books, has been Resident Poet at King's College, Cambridge, and has taught at several universities, including the University of Cape Town and UCSD.
(Photo credit: Caroline Forbes)

      
Wed Feb 22
SHAHMUSH PARSIPUR

Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm

Shahrnush Parsipur was arrested several times for expressing her feminist views in Iran and imprisoned twice. She now continues her provocative writing as a political refugee in the US


THESE READINGS ARE SPONSORED BY THE DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES,
THE MANDEVILLE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY, THE DEPARTMENT OF LITERATURE,
AND THE MUIR PROVOST’S HUMANITIES FUND.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

CONTEST

INA COOLBRITH MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE
POET LAUREATE CONTEST

Friday, December 9, is the deadline for submissions for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize and the Poet Laureate Contest. Undergraduate students from UC campuses and other selected colleges and universities are eligible to submit entries to their local campuses for the Coolbrith Prize; graduate or undergraduate students from UC campuses may submit entries to their local campuses for the Poet Laureate Contest. Undergraduate students may submit entries to both contests, but not with the same poems.

UCSD entries are evaluated by a Department of Literature faculty member, who then forwards the work of three students for each contest to the awards coordinator at UC Berkeley.

Detailed contest rules are available in the Literature Undergraduate Office.

OPPORTUNITIES
The Huntington Library
The Huntington will award to scholars over one hundred fellowships for the academic year 2006-2007. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Application deadline – all fellowships: December 15, 2005.

UCSD Center for the Humanities
The UCSD Center for the Humanities offers a number of competitive grants and fellowships for faculty and graduate students. Deadline: January 30, 2006.


2006-07 IICAS Research & Travel Grants
The Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at UC San Diego is pleased to announce a competition for the following grant programs:

2006-07 Research Conference Grants
2006-07 Faculty Research Planning / Travel Grants
2006-07 Graduate Travel Grants
2006-07 Undergraduate Travel Grants

For general information, see http://iicas.ucsd.edu/research/grants/iicas_grants.php.


Academic Senate Grants for Travel to a Scholarly Meeting
The next deadline for Academic Senate travel grants is 2:00 pm on January 13.
http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor/calls/gctravel.htm

UC Pacific Rim Research
Proposals must be submitted to a campus committee before going to the Office of the President. The UCSD campus deadline is January 17, 2006.
http://www.ucop.edu/research/pacrim/
Numerous other funding opportunities are available on the department's funding opportunities website, http://literature.ucsd.edu/funding/.

CONFERENCES
 
Modern Language Association, December 27-30, 2005 – Washington, DC
(Registration fees increase after December 1.)