December 2006 News


Michael Davidson
“Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance.” Signing the Body Poetic: Essays on American Sign Language Literature. Ed. H-Dirksen L. Bauman, Jennifer L. Nelson, and Heidi Rose. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Priya Venkatesan
R. Mitchell Ermentrout, Michael E. Layon, Catherine J. Ackley, Priya Venkatesan and Christopher H. Lowrey. "The effects of lead and cadmium on GATA-1 regulated erythroid gene expression." Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases 37.3 (November-December 2006): 164-172.

Yingjin Zhang
Yingjin Zhang published a research article, “My Camera Doesn’t Lie? Truth, Subjectivity, and Audience in Chinese Independent Film and Video.” From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China, a refereed collection of original articles he co-edited with Paul G. Pickowicz. Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. 23-45.



Suzanne Sprague has accepted the position of Financial Manger in our department and started working in that capacity on Monday, November 13. Suzanne began her career at UCSD in 1998. She has worked for the Department of Medicine, Extension, and the Animal Care Program.

Stop by to meet Suzanne at your early opportunity. We are fortunate to have her as a colleague. She will be a great asset to our department.

Amelia Glaser has been awarded the MLA's Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies for her translation entitled Proletpen: America’s Rebel Yiddish Poets, published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

The prize is awarded in even-numbered years and goes alternately to an outstanding translation of a Yiddish literary work or an outstanding scholarly work. Glaser and Goldie Morgentaler, who was also chosen to receive the Leviant Memorial Prize this year, will each receive a certificate and a check in the amount of $500.

The members of this year’s Leviant Prize Selection Committee were Jerold C. Frakes (University of Southern California), chair; Anita Norich (University of Michigan); and Nina Warnke (University of Texas). The selection committee's citation praises Glaser’s translation in glowing terms:

"Amelia Glaser’s collection and translation of works by United States Yiddish proletarian poets is timely and laudable. It focuses attention on a body of work and a group of historically and literarily important poets to whom far too little scholarly attention has been paid in recent decades, primarily because of political bias of times past. Glaser’s renderings of the original poems into English verse exemplify the best practices of the poetic translator’s craft: preserving the techniques of the original to the extent that they enhance the resulting translation as poetry, while departing from the original’s form when the demands of English require it, in order to convey the poet’s sense. The facing-page bilingual texts provide scholars and general readers with a volume of lasting significance."

Professor Glaser will be receiving her award on at the MLA Convention in Philadelphia on December 28, 2006, at around 8:00 pm, in a ceremony preceding the MLA President's Address.

Melissa Hidalgo is presenting a paper at the UCSD 7th Annual All-Grad Research Symposium at the Price Center on January 26, 2007. The title of her paper is: "Sexuality and Education: Creating Queer Spaces in a Public High School."

Shih-szu Hsu presented a paper called "Nation, Race, and Sentimental Womanhood: Interracial Encounters in the Shadow of Manifest Domesticity in Louisa May Alcott's Antislavery Narratives" at the 14th Annual Conference of the Republic of China English and American Literature Association in Taiwan November 24-25, 2006.

Junghyun Hwang has been awarded a Pacific Rim Research Program Mini-grant.

Lisa Lowe begins service on two editorial boards: on Asian Women, an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural feminist journal published by Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, and on the International Advisory Board of SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

Eliza Slavet has been invited to present a lecture as part of the conference, "Freud's Jewish World," sponsored by the Leo Baeck Institute, YIVO and the Sigmund Freud Archives. The conference will be held at the Center for Jewish History in New York City, December 2-4, 2006; the complete program can be found here:

Alexa Weik presented a paper entitled "Cosmopolitan Futures: World Citizenship and Sustainable Development" at the International Conference on "Sustainable Development and the Literary Imagination: Transdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives" at National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan, November 17-19, 2006.

Donald Wesling has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for study in Europe during the 2006-2007 academic year. He will lecture on "American Literature" at the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary, and hold the Laszio Orszagh Chair in American Studies.

"Personal Views"
on exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art

Distinguished Professor Wai-lim Yip and Tzu-mei Yip are among the San Diego area residents whose collections are represented in "Personal Views," on exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art through January 7, 2007. Among the Yips' collection on display at the museum are works by leading modern artists Chuang Che, Chen Chi-kwan, Liu Kuo-son, and Hsiao Chin.
             Waves by Hsiao Chin

As participants in the modern art movement in Taiwan, the Yips have been involved with the artists whose work they have collected over the years. Wai-lim Yip has given titles to or written poems to accompany a number of modern Chinese paintings, and his many published articles include reflections on this increasingly valued art in addition to dialogues with the artists.

Among the other local collectors represented in "Personal Views" are Professor Emeritus Bram Dijkstra and Sandra Dijkstra, who have an impressive collection of American and European paintings spanning from the 18th to the 20th century. For examples of the diversity of their holdings, look for Waiting, an 1876 painting by Gilbert Gaul, and Capitol Reef, Zion National Park, Utah, a 1940 painting by Conrad Buff.


PhD Defenses
Eliza Slavet – November 20, 2006
"Freud's Moses: Memory Material and Immaterial"
Randall Williams – October 25, 2006
"Appealing Subjects: Reading Across the International Division of Justice"

MA Degrees
Tina Bisogno-Alvaro – November 29, 2006 - Literatures in English
"The Resurrection of 'The Mother': Religious and Political 'Hysteria' in Shakespeare's King Lear"
Qualifying Exams

David Najar – November 30, 2006. (also received an MA in Literatures in English)
Edwige Tamalet – November 27, 2006
Alexa Weik – November 9, 2006 (also received an MA in Literatures in English)


On exhibit in the Lettau Room
(138 Literature Building)

photography by

* Ana Minvielle * Louis Montrose *

* Masao Miyoshi * Pasquale Verdicchio *




Mark your calendars for the winter New Writing Series readings! All readings will take place in the Visual Arts Performance Space or in the deCerteau Room at 4:30 pm. Look for details in the January newsletter.

Wednesday, Jan 17 - Alena Hairston (“Elen Gebreab”)
Wednesday, Jan 24  - Steve Burt
Wednesday, February 7 - Amra Brooks/James Meetze
Wednesday, February 14 - Heriberto Yépez
Wednesday, February 21 - Heather Fowler Zion
Monday, February 26 - Noy Holland
Wednesday, February 28 - Bob Glück
Wednesday, March 7 - Student Reading
Thursday, March 15 - Justin Tussing


UCSD 7th Annual All-Grad Research Symposium
Friday, January 26th, 2007, Price Center,
Breakfast, Lunch and a Reception will take place at this event.

The abstract submission deadline for panel participants is Friday, December 8. Poster submissions will be accepted until January 12.
Faculty and those students not presenting are invited to attend.

The symposium is free and open to the entire UCSD community. Advanced registration is required. Register online before January 12, 2007.