May 2006 News


Rae Armantrout
"Traveling Through the Yard," and "Articulation." The Oxford Book of American Poetry. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 1027-1028. This antholology provides poems representing an historical overview of American poetry, beginning with Anne Bradstreet.


Amra Brooks
"Dan Colen at Peres Projects." [review] Artforum (Summer 2006).

"The Soup." [fiction] The Rambler (May/June 2006).

Alain J.-J. Cohen
"Kubrick. The Filmmaker as Philosopher. Film Form Film Sense Revisited." IJGLSA, Interdisciplinary Journal of Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 10, 2 (2006): 203-230.

Marcel Hénaff
"SHINWA-RONRI: gengogaku to ongaku no aida de." [" Mythologiques between linguistic and music"].  Translated by Katsunori Izumi, in LEVI-STRAUSS "SHINWA-RONRI" NO MORI E, [Through the Forest of Lévi-Strauss' Mythologiques]. Ed. Watanabe Kozo & Kimura Hideo. Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo Publisher, 2006. 30-57.

Louis Montrose
The Subject of Elizabeth: Authority, Gender, and Representation. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2006. 336 pages; 51 illustrations. Cloth and paper. For details, see .

Pasquale Verdicchio
Introductory Note and translations of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "What is this coup? I know!," "Fragment to Death,""We are all in Danger," Pasolini's last interview,  Furio Colombo, and Gianni D'Elia's "The Death Penalty for the Poet of the Massacres" in Special Section: Pasolini Dossier of Left Curve 30, Oakland. He was invited to read these poems at a special celebration of this issue of Left Curve at City Lights Books on April 27.

Wai-lim Yip
 "Comparative Literature and Literature in Taiwan. " [article] NTU [National Taiwan University]Studies in Taiwan Literature, No.1, 2006. This article is placed as the lead essay in this newly founded magazine published by the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature.

Yingjin Zhang published a research article:
“The Global City of the Transnational Imaginary: Disappearance and Reinscription in Chinese Urban Cinema.” 100 Years of Chinese Cinema: A Generational Dialogues. Ed. Haili Kong and John A. Lent. Norwalk, CT: East Bridge, 2006. 199-222.



Sharon Gunderson has been hired as the Program Representative for the Program for the Study of Religion. She will start working on May 8th. Her hours will be 9:00 – 2:00 Monday through Thursday and 10:00 – 2:00 on Friday.

Sharon is currently working in the Chinese Studies Program through Temp Services. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in English and has been Assistant Instructor at the American Language Institute, SDSU, and Assistant Director for elementary children’s programs; Senior Research Director at the San Diego Business Journal; and more recently an Administrative Assistant in Melbourne, Australia, for six months.


UCSD Alumni Association Awards for Excellence

You are invited to join alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students for the 28th annual Alumni Association Awards for Excellence, to be held on Saturday, June 3, 6:00 pm, Institute of the Americas. The Department of Literature will be well represented at the awards ceremony this year, with awards going to faculty member Billy O'Brien and alumnus Kim Stanley Robinson:

Distinguished Teaching Award
William Arctander “Billy” O’Brien

Professional Achievement Award
Kim Stanley Robinson, ’74, Ph.D. ’82

for details, please go to

Faculty Career Development Program Grants

Congratulations to Camille Forbes and Meg Wesling, who have both been awarded UCSD's competitive Faculty Career Development Program grant for 2006-2007. The grant funds one quarter of release time for each of them.

Department of Literature
One-Quarter Dissertation Fellowships

* José de Piérola * Leslie Hammer * Su-Yun Kim * Chuong-Dai Vo *

CILAS Pre-Dissertation Travel Grants - Summer 2006

Annie Mendoza will be conducting work in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Dixa Ramirez will also be conducting work in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Irene Robles-Huerta will be conducting work in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Jenn Diamond
was recently appointed the campus writing center director (in addition to teaching composition and literature) at Ohio University, Eastern Campus.

Kathy Glass defended her dissertation in Spring 2004. Routledge offered her a book contract. Her book, Courting Communities, has just been released. It focuses on the writing and oratory of nineteenth-century African-American women whose racial uplift projects troubled the boundaries of race, nation and gender. In particular, the book reexamines the politics of gender in nationalist movements and black women's creative response within and against both state and insurgent black nationalist discourses.

John Granger has been selected to receive the Academic Senate’s Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award. This award will be presented at an Honors Reception at the Faculty Club at 4:00 pm Friday, June 2.

Michael Grattan will be presenting a paper at the International Spenser Society Conference in Toronto, May 18-22. The paper is entitled "Reading Virgil: Spenser's Curious History in III.ix of *The Faerie Queene*. The conference meets only every 5 years.

Marcel Hénaff has been elected an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science.

Jinah Kim has been awarded the Mellon postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian American Studies at Northwestern University.

Emily Kugler
presented a paper, “Denying the Self: Recognition and Objectification in Sartre's Réflexions sur la question juive,” on December 2nd 2005, at the Jean-Paul Sartre Centennial Celebration at UCSB.

On March 22nd 2006, she presented a paper, "Playing with History: Rewriting of National Identity, Islam and Colonial Culpability," at the International Studies Association Annual Convention.

Hellen Lee
has been invited to present at a special seminar in May at UCSB, sponsored by George Lipsitz in the Black Studies department.

Lisa Lowe has been elected to a 3-year term (2006-2008) as the MLA Delegate Assembly representative for the Division of Sociological Approaches to Literature.

Kathryn Shevelow’s book Charlotte: Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London's Wild and Wicked Theatrical World is the winner of the Theater Library Association's 2006 George Freedley Memorial Book Award. This prestigious prize includes a monetary prize of $500 and an invitation to the Lincoln Center Library in New York where she will be presented with the award at a ceremony on June 2.

Professor Shevelow will be reading from Charlotte for the New Writing Series on Wednesday, May 10, 4:30 pm, at the Visual Arts Performance Space.

Pasquale Verdicchio was invited to read his translations of Pier Paolo Pasolini's poems, published in Left Curve, in special celebration of the Pier Paolo Pasolini at City Lights Books in San Francisco on April 27.

Chuong-Dai Vo has been awarded a Fulbright Hays dissertation field research fellowship to go to Viet Nam for a year.

Donald Wesling has been selected for the László Országh Chair in American Studies at Universities in Debrecen and Budapest, Hungary. The distinguished lecturing award will be for Winter and Spring quarters in 2007, and the topic of Donald’s course will be: “American Criticism as American Culture.”


Visioni di case che crollano
(Visions of Crumbling Houses)

film screening and discussion with Gianni Celati, director

Friday, May 5 – 11:00 am
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

The Annual Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture

Carlo Ginzburg
Franklin D. Murphy Professor of
Italian Renaissance Studies, UCLA

"Learning from the Enemy: On the French Prehistory of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion"

Monday, May 8, 7:30 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Spring 2006

Wednesday, May 10 – Kathryn Shevelow
Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm
Wednesday, May 17 – Holiday Reinhorn
Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm
Monday, May 22 – Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez
Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm

Wednesday, May 10

Legendary teacher Sal Castro will lead a discussion following the film directed by Edward James Olmos and based on the true story of the 1968 Chicano/a student-led educational reform movement in Los Angeles.

7–10 p.m., Center Hall, Room 105
For information, call (858) 534-3210

The Department of Literature
Faculty Lecture Series

Stephanie Jed

"Social Spaces of History: Gender Erudition and the Italian Nation”

Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 12:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Graduate Enrichment Guest Lecturer

Marguerite Waller
UC Riverside Professor of Women's Studies

“Reading Corporate Globalization from the Borderlands”

Thursday, May 18, 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

For details, see Literature Current Events Page

Spoken Word at the Museum

 "Poets Respond to the Goya Collection"

May 18, Thursday – 6:00 pm
San Diego Museum of Art

free with museum admission

Spoken Word at the Museum, presented by the San Diego Museum of Art and UCSD, continues the tradition of inviting poets to comment on art at the museum. On May 18 Jerome Rothenberg and Roberto Tejada will comment on the works of Francisco de Goya, on display at the museum through June 18.

 For details, see Literature Current Events Page

UCSD Academic Senate Research Lecturer

Page duBois
Professor of Classics and
Comparative Literature

Monday, May 22, 2006
3:30 pm
Institute of the Americas
Hojel Auditorium

"Ancient Greeks in the Twenty-First Century"

Carol Becker
Dean of Faculty
and Senior Executive Vice President
for Academic Affairs
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

"Gandhi's Body and Further Representations of War and Peace"

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 6:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

For details, see Literature Current Events Page

Spring Celebration of the Arts

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
3:00 pm

Join us in the deCerteau Room for this lively annual event. This year we have a record number of entries for the Stewart Prize in Poetry and the Saier Award for Fiction, and word is there are some especially good writers who are contributing. Then in addition to the always wonderful student readings, this celebration will feature appearances by Benjamin Balthaser, Literature graduate student winner of the UC-wide 2005-2006 Poet Laureate Contest, and by Literature alumnus Kim Stanley Robinson, the renowned science fiction writer who is in town to receive UCSD Alumni Association Excellence Award for Professional Achievement.

César E. Chávez Celebration 2006

UCSD and community sponsors collaborate to present a full array of events to honor the union leader's memory and legacy in San Diego. From the annual community breakfast to marches, films, performances, celebrations, and lectures, events will take place throughout the community in April and on into May.

See the full schedule of events at

The UCSD Center for the Humanities presents a new lecture series


 What do we want from a city?
How do we go about shaping the spaces that shape our lives and communities?
How do we envision the city, and how have those images or concepts changed across time and place?

 Thursdays, April 6 – May 18 at 7:30pm
Pepper Canyon Hall, Room 106


Academic Senate Grants for Travel to a Scholarly Meeting

The Committee on Research is pleased to solicit applications for Travel to a Scholarly Meeting for conferences that are scheduled AFTER July 1, 2006. The next deadline date is June 1, 2006. Please note that Academic Senate members will be awarded a maximum of one trip per fiscal year. UCSD's fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30.

Guidelines are posted at . Application forms are available at . Contact Nancy Ho-Wu if you have questions.

Apartments Available with International House Faculty and
Visiting Scholar in Residence Program

UCSD's International House has several apartments available starting this summer for visiting faculty members or scholars who are willing to become part of its international, multi-cultural community during the 2006-2007 academic year.


Language Conversation Tables at Café Ventanas

The International Center continues to offer language conversation tables during spring term. Meetings take place in Café Ventanas (the ERC Dining Hall next to RIMAC). For a schedule,  go to