November 2005 News


Alain J.-J. Cohen
"Simulacres. Lire Baudrillard à l’ère filmique numérique." Métaphores d’Epoque 1985-2000. Ed. F. Ferreira & D. Mellier. Rennes: La Licorne, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2005. 187-205.

Priya Venkatesan
 "A Dialogue on the Scientific Method: Assessing the Foucauldian Method and the Marxist Method." Exit 9: The Rutgers Journal of Comparative Literature VII (2005): 15-28.

Wai-lim Yip
 "Reflections on Methodology in East-West Comparative Literature." United Daily News [Taipei]. Aug.27, 2005: Literary Supplement.

"Return." [poem] United Daily News [Taipei]. Oct.21, 2005:Literary Supplement.

Yingjin Zhang published a refereed article:
“Cultural Translation between the World and the Chinese: The Problematics in Positioning Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian” in a special issue on “Literature in the Age of Cultural Studies and Globalization.” Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies [Taipei], 31.2 (July 2005): 127-44.



Rae Armantrout's book of poems, Up to Speed (Wesleyan University Press, 2004), was selected as a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Poetry.

PEN Center USA’s annual awards program, established in 1982, is a unique regional competition that recognizes literary excellence in ten categories, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screen and theatrical plays. Distinguished panels of judges comprised of writers, editors and journalists selected this year’s winners and finalists from more than 500 entries.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum received a prestigious Whiting Writers' Award at a ceremony held Thursday, October 27, in New York. Author of several highly regarded short stories, including "Accomplice," reprinted in The Best American Short Stories of 2004, Ms. Bynum is acclaimed for her first novel, Madeleine Is Sleeping (Harcourt 2004), a finalist for the National Book Award. The keynote speaker for the 2005 Whiting Writers' Award ceremony was Grace Paley, one of America's most revered short story writers.

This year the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation recognized ten writers of "extraordinary talent and promise." Since its inception in 1985, the foundation has awarded more than $5 million to promising fiction writers, poets, and playwrights early in their careers. Among past recipients who have later achieved prominence in their field are Michael Cunningham, Deborah Eisenberg, Jonathan Franzen, Jorie Graham, Cristina Garcia, Tony Kushner, Allegra Goodman, Alice McDermott, Katha Pollit, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mary Karr, and Colson Whitehead.
photo: Grace Paley with Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Marcel Hénaff was invited be a respondent to Professor Amartya Sen's keynote speech at an international conference entitled "Ethics, Economics and Law: Against Injustice" at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Kyoto on October 28. Professor Sen, an Indian citizen who is currently the Lamont University Professor at Harvard University, won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in the theory of famines. At the conference, Professor Hénaff also presented a separate lecture.

Sangeeta Mediratta is a lecturer at Stanford University's program of writing and rhetoric.

Priya Venkatesan is giving a public lecture at Dartmouth College on November 3, 2005. Her talk is entitled "The Legitimation of Local Knowledges: Introducing the Postmodern into Laboratory Science."


Qualifying Exams:

Rocio Giraldez-Betron – September 27, 2005

Kyla Schuller – October 24, 2005 (also received an MA in Literatures in English)  


Ika Hügel-Marshall

author of

nvisible Woman: Growing up Black in Germany

Reading and discussion in German and English
with Dagmar Schultz

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Sponsors: Department of Literature and German Studies Program
Contact: Cynthia Walk

Michael Davidson has been named recipient of the
2005 Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize.
He will be awarded the prize and will speak on

" Tree Tangled in Tree: Re-Siting Poetry in ASL"

Thursday, 10 November 2005 4:00 p.m.
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Reception to follow.

The Department of Literature Faculty Lecture Series

Nicole Tonkovich

"Domestic Imperialism: Allotment, Sovereignty, and Subjectivity
among the Nez Perces, 1889-1892”

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:00 – 1:00
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

poetry series

rae armantrout
& kathleen miller

saturday, november 19, 7:00 pm
kava lounge
2812 Kettner Blvd.
sponsored by tougher disguises press


New Writing Series
Fall 2005

        Thurs Nov 3     
 Vis Arts Performance Space 4:30

Kevin Killian is a fiction writer, poet, critic, and playwright. His novel, Shy, was a nominee for Best Novel in the Lambda Literary Awards, 1990. His collection of stories, Little Men, won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award in 1996. A second collection, I Cry Like a Baby, was published by Painted Leaf Books in 2001.

Wed Nov 9


Vis Arts Performance Space 4:30

Katia Noyes's first novel, Crashing America (a Book Sense Pick for October 2005), is about a young San Francisco vagabond who takes a pilgrimage to the heartland. In many ways Katia is an “old school” author in that rather than being the product of a writing program, she has immersed herself in a life of hands-on experience.


      Wed Nov 16

Vis Arts Performance Space 4:30

Bhanu Kapil is the author of The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, a book of poetry, from Kelsey Street Press, Autobiography of a Cyborg, a chapbook of fiction, from Leroy Press, and a forthcoming text about monsters, hitchhiking, and other strategies to accomplish mating, from Renee Gladman’s series for experimental prose, Leon Works.


       Wed Nov 30  

Vis Arts Performance Space 4:30

Former UCSD writing major Sawako Nakayasu was born in Yokohama, Japan, and has lived mostly in the US since the age of six. Her second book of poetry, Nothing fictional but the accuracy or arrangement (she, is forthcoming this year from Quale Press.





Galleria Ninapi – Ravenna

Art from California: San Diego
October 22 - December 18, 2005

Featuring work of the "San Diego Collective"
Wick Alexander, Annette, Eleanor Antin, Doris Bittar,
Raul Guerrero, Li Huai, Jay Johnson, James Luna, Heather Martin,
Lynn Shuette, Ernest Silva, Pasquale Verdicchio, James Watts

                                                                                                                                                                       Ernest Silva: "Prescription"   


The UCSD Department of Literature is now accepting campus submissions for

The Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and Poet Laureate Contest

The Ina Coolbrith competition was established by friends of the late Ina Donna Coolbrith, former Poet Laureate of California. Awards totaling $500 are made for the best unpublished poems or groups of poems (maximum of three poems per group) by undergraduate students at the UC campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, the University of Santa Clara, or St. Mary’s College.

The Poet Laureate contest was established by the Ina Coolbrith Circle in memory of Ina Coolbrith. Four prizes ($1500; $1000; $750; $250) are awarded for the best unpublished poem or group of poems (maximum of three per group) from graduate or undergraduate students at any of the UC campuses.

Manuscripts must be typewritten or clearly printed, with the last four digits of the entrant’s student identification number and the name of the contest (Coolbrith or Poet Laureate) indicated at the top of each page – with no other identifying information, please. A cover sheet should be attached to each set of entries (1-3 per person per contest) with the following information: name, local address, permanent address, telephone number, e-mail address, major, last four digits of the student identification number, contest name (Coolbrith or Poet Laureate), and entry title(s) [or the first four words]. Undergraduate students may enter both contests, but not with the same poems.

Contestants should retain original copies of the entries. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Participating campuses will each select three finalists for each contest. A faculty judge from the Department of Literature will make the UCSD selections, which will be forwarded to the panel of final judges.

UCSD entries must be submitted to the Literature Undergraduate Office, Room 110 Literature Building, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2005.


The California Council for the Humanities
The California Story Fund supports public humanities projects that bring to light new and compelling stories from California's diverse communities. Deadline: December 1, 2005.

UC Humanities Research Institute
Residential research groups (RRGs) are at the heart of the UCHRI's activities, bringing together key scholars to work in collaboration on interdisciplinary topics of special significance. The RRGs are composed of UC faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and doctoral students from a range of UC campuses and disciplines, as well as non-UC faculty as resources allow. Deadline: December 15, 2005.

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. 

Numerous other funding opportunities are available on the department's funding opportunities website,

American Studies Association, November 3-6, 2005 – Washington, DC
Modern Language Association, December 27-30, 2005 – Washington, DC
(Registration fees increase after December 1.)