October 2005 News
Alain J.-J. Cohen
"Doing What Comes 'Naturally.'" [Liberal utopianism in A. S. Neill's Summerhill and James Hilton's Lost Horizon] Liberty 19 (August 2005): 15-21.
Brown-Eyed Children of the Sun is a
new study of the Chicano/a movement, El Movimiento, and its multiple
ideologies from a broad cultural perspective. "This book is a rich tapestry
of provocative ideas and untold history."
Yingjin Zhang published two new articles in Chinese:
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Ms. Bynum received her BA in English and American Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing magna cum laude from Brown University in 1995 and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2000. She is the author of several highly regarded short stories, including one that was listed as a “Distinguished Story of 2000,” and another that was reprinted as one of The Best American Short Stories of 2004. Her first novel, Madeleine is Sleeping (Harcourt 2004), was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction. Ms. Bynum will join the faculty in our writing section and offer undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on such topics as writing novels, short fiction, and contemporary literature in English.
Mr. Martin-Cabrera has completed his studies in Spanish and Latin American Literature at the University of Michigan and will receive his PhD in December 2005. His dissertation, “El No-Lugar: novela policial y testimonio en las postdictaduras de España y el Cono Sur” [The No-Place: Detective Fiction and the Testimonio in the post-dictatorships of Spain and the Southern Cone], explores what has become the dominant genre of contemporary Spanish-language fiction in relation to the political dictatorships of the recent past. Mr. Martin-Cabrera’s teaching will focus primarily on twentieth-century Spanish peninsular literature, culture, and film, but he can also offer courses on such topics as the Literature of the Southern Cone, Contemporary Latin American Literature, and the Latin American novel, thus adding a welcome trans-Atlantic component to our offerings in Literatures in Spanish.
Dr. Rahimi received his Ph.D. from the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2004. In his dissertation, “Between Carnival and Mourning: The Muharram rituals and the Emergence of the Early Modern Iranian Public Sphere in the Safavi Period, 1590-1641 C.E.,” Rahimi considers the social function of public rituals performed in commemoration of the death of Husayn, the grandson of Mohammed, in 680 C.E. In addition to his research interest in the history of Islam in the early modern period, Rahimi is also a prolific commentator on contemporary Iranian culture and politics. He will teach core courses for the Program for the Study of Religion and upper-division courses on the history of Islam and Islamic civilization. Future teaching may include courses on Persian literature and lectures for the Making of the Modern World.
Anna Joy Springer
Ms. Springer received her BA in Creative Writing and Literature from the New College of California in 1996 and her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University in 2002. She is a talented writer who has published many short prose pieces in anthologies and journals and who is currently completing two longer fictional works. Ms. Springer has also performed in musical groups, written song lyrics, produced albums, and staged intermedia installations and performances. Her works address questions of gender and sexuality, religion, and identity-formation from a feminist perspective. Ms. Springer will become a core member of the department’s Writing Section and offer courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on such topics as experimental writing, short fiction, the novella, and creative non-fiction.
Marivi Blanco, Writing
Abbie Cory, Literatures in
Edda Hodnett, German
(Visiting Professor), Literatures of the World
Program for the Study of Religion
Beheroze Shroff, Literatures in
NEW VISITING SCHOLAR
Sook Hee Cho - Associate
Professor, Department of English Languages and Literature
NEW POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR
– University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Scholar
UCSD alumni enrolled in the
PhD program include:
Other new graduate students come to us with a variety of experience. They include:
has been promoted
to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2005.
Please see the department's website for names of
section heads and advisors, as follows:
Graduate Studies Committee
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Marta Gonzalez was awarded a $3,000 Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Summer Dissertation Fellowship.
Leslie Hammer received a TA Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Eleanor Roosevelt College’s Making of the Modern World Writing Program, 2004-2005.
Jed and paintings by Peter Larsen are on display
at Art Produce Gallery through October 23. You are invited to
attend the Ray at Night reception on Saturday, October 8, 6:00 –
Yi-li Kao has been offered the position of Curatorial Associate of East Asian Art at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Carlos Martell received the Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for the year 2005-06.
Irene Mata was awarded a $3,000 dissertation summer fellowship by UCSD's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
Gabriela Nunez has received a UC MEXUS dissertation fellowship.
Irmary Reyes-Santos participated in an interdisciplinary summer graduate seminar entitled "Interrogating the African Diaspora: African Diaspora Identities" hosted by Florida International University.
Kim Stanley Robinson has been awarded the UCSD Alumni Association's Professional Achievement Award for 2005.
Lehigh University Press
Rothenberg’s Experimental Poetry and Jewish
Tradition by Christine A. Meilicke. Exploring the interplay
of American poetry and American Judaism, this book demonstrates ways
Jerome Rothenberg contributes
to the creation of an American Jewish avant-garde poetry and a
contemporary Jewish diaspora identity. For details, see the
Lehigh University Press website.
EXAMS & DEFENSES
Neda Atanasoski – September
Nathalie JosephLynch – June 3, 2005
Yi-li Kao – June 6, 2005
Esther Lezra – June 7, 2005
Sangeeta Mediratta – June 8,
Pamela Morgan Redela – June 8, 2005
Stephanie Margaret Farrar – June 9, 2005 – MA
Literatures in English
Guillermo Girón – June 6, 2005 – MA Literatures in
Ariel Zatarin Tumbaga – June 2, 2005 – MA
Literatures in Spanish
Craig Bradshaw Woelfel – June 3, 2005 – MA
Literatures in English
Michael Joseph Grattan – June 10, 2005
Shih-Szu Hsu – June 1, 2005 (also received an MA in Literatures in English)
Morelia Portillo Rivas – June 7, 2005 (also received an MA in Literatures in Spanish)
Paige Sanderson – June 6, 2005
2005 HONORS RECEPTION
Honors students feted at a reception held on Wednesday, June 8, included Jessica Elena Bagley, Andrea Marie Cartwright, Jessica Lynn Colomb, Sara Louise Hahn, Ngoc Thi Hong, Megan H. Ma, Margaret Shanahan Manson, Theodore Alfred McCombs, Leonor Rodriguez McCrory, Julia Christina Roach, Martin H. Swartz, Charisse Scuiva, Melanie Marie Smith, and Alissa Walters.
Special congratulations to Theodore Alfred McCombs and Jessica Lynn Colomb, who shared the Sherley Anne Williams Prize, and to Leonor Rodriguez McCrory, who was awarded the Sigurd Burckhardt Award.
Literature graduate José B. Monleón, vice chair and professor of Modern Spanish Literature, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at The Johns Hopkins University, passed away on August 11, 2005. Monleón, who received his BA from UCSD, entered the department's graduate program in 1979 and was awarded a PhD in spring 1984. Before joining Johns Hopkins in the summer of 2002, he taught at Dartmouth College and at UCLA.
Professor of 19th and 20th century Spanish literature as well as of literary theory, Monleón had just completed Literature and Dictatorship: The Novel under Franco, a book-length manuscript analyzing the relationship between narrative strategies and the control of the public sphere. In addition to numerous articles that appeared in specialized journals or books in both Europe and the US, he published annotated editions, with extensive critical introductions, of works by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Juan Valera, and Benito Pérez Galdós (the latter in conjunction with Barbara Zecchi), and he edited or co-edited volumes dealing with cultural issues such as Modernism, Post-modernism and Francoist culture. He was also the author of A Specter Is Haunting Europe: A Socio-historic Approach to the Fantastic.
In his tribute to Monleón, Stephen G. Nichols, Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins, writes: "José was not simply a good teacher; he was a gifted one. His passion for literature, particularly the modern Spanish novel, drew upon his understanding of how deeply the historic events of the late 19th and 20th century in Spain influenced literary perspectives. ...José Monleón was with us for only three short years. But what a difference he made, and what a vast void he leaves!"
New Writing Series
Oct 12 GROUP READING/BOOK PARTY CELEBRATING SO CAL POETRY
Oct 19 PETER GIZZI AND ELIZABETH WILLIS
For details, go to the New Writing Series website: http://literature.ucsd.edu/news/currentevents/writingseries.html
Burke Lecture Series
Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00 pm
As a scholar of the religious traditions of India,
Professor Eck has published Banaras, City of Light,
and Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India. Her book
Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras is
about religious difference in a world of many faiths. With the
Pluralism Project, she has turned her attention to the United States
and produced the CD-ROM, On Common Ground: World Religions in
America, for which she received a National Humanities Medal in
1998 from President Clinton. Her latest book is A New Religious
America: How A 'Christian' Country Has Become the World's Most
Religiously Diverse Nation. Diana L. Eck and her partner,
Dorothy A. Austin, are Masters of Lowell House, one of Harvard's
twelve residential houses for undergraduates.
COMING IN NOVEMBER
ACADEMIC SENATE – RESEARCH FUNDS The next deadline for
submission of applications for funds for research support is 2:00 pm
October 14, 2005.
ACADEMIC SENATE - TRAVEL TO A SCHOLARLY MEETING
The next deadline for submission of Travel to a Scholarly Meeting
applications is 2:00 pm October 14, 2005.
UC President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities
This program will provide up to $25,000 to augment other resources and is to be used for salary only. The minimum award period is two quarters or one semester. Assistant professors receive special consideration.
Deadline: October 14, 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. http://www.calhum.org/guidelines/guidelines_main.htm
The Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellowships in the Humanities
The Rockefeller Foundation announces six resident fellowships with varying application deadlines:
"The Child on the Wing: Children Negotiating the
Everyday in the Geography of Violence" Department of Anthropology,
Johns Hopkins University
For details, please see poster on the board outside Lucinda's office.
Numerous other funding opportunities are available on the
department's funding opportunities web page,
American Studies Association, November 3-6, 2005 –
Modern Language Association, December 27-30, 2005 –