May 2007 News


Alain J. J. Cohen
Les autres arts dans l’art du cinéma. D. Sipière & A. J.-J. Cohen (dir). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2007.
A. J.-J. Cohen & D. Sipière. “Scorsese peintre. Losey musicien.
Kubrick chorégraphe." Les autres arts dans l’art du cinéma. Introduction.

Alain J.-J. Cohen. “Cinéma et Peinture. Figures et abstractions.”  Les autres  arts dans l’art du cinéma. 11-25.

Lisa Lampert-Weissig
“Why is This Knight Different from All Other Knights? Jews, Anti-Semitism, and the Old French Grail Narratives.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology (April 2007): 224-247.

Intan Paramadith
"Pasir Berbisik and new women's aesthetics in Indonesian cinema. Jump Cut [film journal] (Spring 2007).

Wai-lim Yip
Two installments of a long essay, "Through the serious, ponderous age... ." The Epoch Poetry Quarterly 149-150 (2006-2007).

"Two Modernist Poetries in the Period between mid-1950's and mid-1970's in Taiwan." NTU Studies of Taiwan Literature 2. The Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University (November 2006).

Yingjin Zhang published two refereed articles in two edited volumes:
“Rebel Without a Cause? China’s New Urban Generation and Postsocialist Filmmaking.” The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. Ed.  Zhen Zhang. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. 49-80.

“Artwork, Commodity, Event: Representations of the Female Body in Modern Chinese Pictorials.” Visual Culture in Shanghai, 1850s-1930s. Ed. Jason C. Kuo. Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2007. 121-61.

UCSD Academic Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching

Stephen Potts has been named a recipient of a 2007 Barbara D. and Paul J. Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate members.

Christina Accomando (PhD Literature, 1994), was honored at an April 30 ceremony celebrating her selection as Humboldt State University's Outstanding Professor 2006-2007.  An Associate Professor of English, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s Studies, Dr. Accomando been recognized by administration, faculty, and students alike for her steadfast scholarship and “life-changing” teaching, which spans 22 different undergraduate and graduate classes, more than 20 university committees, many publications, and numerous forums and workshops. At the awards ceremony, Dr. Accomando presented a lecture entitled "'Poetry is not a luxury': Literature as Resistance."

Scott Boehm
has been awarded a CILAS Travel/Research Award. Congratulations, Scott!!

Stephen Cox has been chosen to give the graduation speech at this year's Revelle College commencement, where he will also be honored as the Revelle College Outstanding Professor in the Humanities and Arts. He has previously received teaching awards from Revelle and Muir Colleges, from the Alumni Association, and from the Academic Senate.

Margaret Fajardo has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. This two-year appointment combines the Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher titles. Congratulations, Margaret!!

Helen Higbee has accepted a tenure track Assistant Professorship in the Department of English at Kentucky State University. Congratulations, Helen!!

Emily Kugler presented a paper, "Debating English Protestantism: The Ibn Tufayl translations 1671-1708," at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Atlanta, 24 March 2007. She also presented a paper entitled "Killing the Angel in the Household: Matriarchal Alternatives in Charlotte Dacre's The Libertine" at the Pacific Southwest Women's Studies Association Conference, Los Angeles, 13 April 2007.

Lisa Lampert-Weissig visited Dartmouth’s Department of Religion in April as the Dickinson Distinguished Fellow to give a lecture entitled “The End of History and the Last Jew: Apocalypse and Anti-Semitism from the Middle Ages to Left Behind.”

Gabriela McEvoy presented a paper at the 9th Annual Conference on Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics at University of California, Santa Barbara April 21, 2007. The title of her paper is "La construcción de la imagen heroica a través del discurso periodístico: el caso de la activista peruana María."

Irmary Reyes-Santos has accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. Congratulations, Irmary!!

Literature Graduate Enrichment Guest Lecturer

Kirsten Silva Gruesz
Associate Professor of Literature
UC Santa Cruz

"Language Ideology and Lived Bilingualism:
Looking Back to Nineteenth-Century California"

Thursday, May 3, 2007 – 7:00 pm
Cross-Cultural Center
**free and open to the public**

Kirsten Silva Gruesz teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century literatures of the Americas, including Latino literature. Her work is broadly based in the cultural and political relations between the U.S. and the rest of the Americas, particularly Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The nineteenth century is her usual period focus, but she also writes about contemporary works by U.S. Latinas and Latinos, whose experiences are deeply rooted in the history of the Americas.

Graduate Student Seminars - deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Wednesday, May 2, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Geography, Americas Studies, and the Archive

Thursday, May 3, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Periodization, Literary History, and the Archive
"Growing Activism" Series on UCSD-TV

Refusing to believe the myth that today's students are more concerned with themselves than the world around them, UCSD Professors Jorge Mariscal of Literature and David Pellow of Ethnic Studies created a senior seminar designed to bring students into contact with local activists and give them the tools ­ and the inspiration - to take action. UCSD-TV was there for several of these sessions, resulting in the "Growing Activism" series airing this month.

"Labor/Community Strategy Center"
May 7 at 9pm

"Undocumented Students/DREAM Act"
May 28 at 8pm

"License to Freedom"
June 11 at 9pm

The "Growing Activism" series is funded by California Cultures and the Chicano/Latino Arts & Humanities Program at UCSD. UCSD-TV airs on Cox Digital Ch.135; Time Warner San Diego Ch.18; Time Warner Del Mar Ch. 68; or UHF (no cable) Ch. 35.

The Department of Literature Faculty Lecture Series

John Blanco
“Configurations of the Colonial State and Market in Nineteenth-Century Philippine Culture”

 Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 12:00 pm , deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

CILAS - Latin American Studies Lecture Series
Spring 2007

"Postcolonial Antagonisms in Spanish Immigration Film:
From Cultural Conversion to Radical Cosmopolitanism"

When: Thursday, May 10, 2007, 3:30-5:00 PM
Where: Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex

Professor Luis Martín-Cabrera will analyze how two Spanish films, La Vida Aqui (2003) and Princesas (2005

), uniquely deal with the emergence of Latin American Immigrant communities and the transformation of Spain into a postcolonial society. Following Gilroy’s concept of cosmopolitanism, Cabrera argues that a deeper understanding of the Spanish colonial heritage in relation to the emergence of Latin American immigration provides a powerful framework for shaping an anti-racist agenda and to pave the way for the articulation of new forms of transnational solidarity.

Stephanie Donald
Professor of International Studies
University of Technology
Sydney, Australia

“Landscapes and Class in Chinese Cinema:
Yellow Earth
to Still Life

Thursday, May 10 – 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald studied in Taiwan and at Oxford University in the 1980s and obtained her PhD at the University of Sussex in the 1990s. She worked with Harriet Evans and Jeffrey Wasserstrom on the “Picturing Power” project, which resulted in a traveling exhibition of Chinese political posters of the 1960s and early 1970s as well as a volume of essays, which she co-edited, Picturing Power in the People’s Republic of China (1999). She is also the author of Public Secrets, Public Spaces: Cinema and Civility in China (2000) and Little Friends: Children’s Film and Media Culture in China (2005); co-author of The State of China Atlas (1999, 2nd edition, 2005); co-editor of Culture/China: New Formations (2001) and Media in China: Consumption, Content and Crisis (2002).

History and Literature in Brazil: Interpreting Machado de Assis

◊ Friday, May 11, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ◊
◊ Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center◊ ◊IOA Complex ◊


Sidney Chalhoub, “Dom Casmurro, by Machado de Assis: The Social Logic of Fictional Narrative”

Pedro Meira Monteiro, “Absence of Time: The Counselor’s Dreams”
Leonardo Pereira, “The 'History of Fifteen Days': literary chronicles of Machado de Assis (1876-1878)”
Gabriela Sampaio, “The people's government: religion and healing in Machado de Assis' characters”

 (The Universi
ad Autónoma de Baja California at the University of California, San Diego)

The series brings poets, scholars, playwrights, and critics from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana campus, to UCSD to showcase their creative and scholarly works in the Department of Literature. Talks are in Spanish -
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Thursday, May 17, 2007 – 4:00 pm
Hugo Salcedo. “Literatura dramática ‘fronteriza’”
Playwright and essayist. Author of 21 obras en un acto (2002), El teatro para niños en México (2002), and La ley del ranchero (2005). Several of his award-winning plays have been staged in Latin America and Spain. Guest Professor at universities in Mexico, El Salvador, Spain, France, and China. Drama Professsor at the UABC. Sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Literature
Contact: Max Parra

Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS)

Alda Blanco,
"Spain at the Crossroads: Imperial Nostalgia or Modern Colonialism"

Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 3:30 pm, Deutz Room (Institute of the Americas)

Alda Blanco, Professor of Spanish studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received her Ph.D. at UCSD in 1983. Blanco is currently writing a book entitled Writing the Spanish Empire: Cultural Sites of Imperial Consciousness in XIXth-Century Spain. Her work on gender and Spanish women's literature has produced Escritores virtuosas: narradoras de la domesticidad en la España isabelina (2001). She has also devoted many years to the study of María Martínez Sierra, one of Spain's most forgotten writers and feminist thinkers.

Sponsors: CILAS and Department of Literature
Contact: Misha Kokotovic

Nahid Rachlin
reading from
Persian Girls

Friday, May 25, 2:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Reviews of Nahid Rachlin’s recently published memoir, Persian Girls, has already garnered excellent reviews. Christopher Merrill, the Director of Iowa International Writing Program, rates it as one of the best four books of 2006, noting: "If you want to know what it was like to grow up in Iran this is the book to read.”

In addition to Persian Girls, Nahid Rachlin’s publications include four novels and a collection of short stories, Veils (City Lights). Her individual short stories have appeared in about fifty magazines, and several of her stories have been reprinted in anthologies. Her essays and reviews have been published in Natural History Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, and Newsday.

Persian Girls and Jumping Over Fire will be for sale at the reading.

Spring Celebration of the Arts Reading and Reception

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 3:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Please join us for the Spring Celebration of the Arts Reading and Reception for student readings and the announcement of the winners for the Stewart Prize in Poetry and the Milton Saier Award in Fiction! After the readings, please join us for refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there!