November 2006 News


Robert Cancel
"Asserting/Inventing Traditions on the Luapula: The Lunda Mutomboko Festival." African Arts 39.3 (Autumn 2006): 12-25.

Photos accompanying the article are by Robert Cancel, from his forthcoming video documentary, "The 1997 Lunda Mutomboko," shot at the Mutomboko Festival, Mwansabombwe, Luapula Province, Zambia, July 1997.

Marcel Hénaff
« Socrat i Freud: dar slova i cena istini » ["Socrates and Freud"], Journal Credo [StPetersburg] No. 2 (June 2006): 70–85. [in Russian]
"Don," "Mythe," "Lévi-Strauss": three entries in Dictionnaire des Sciences Humaines. Ed. Sylvie Mesure and Patrick Savidan. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2006.

Wai-lim Yip
The Smell of Rain [Chinese poems 2000-2006], with 63 pages of an autobiographical account of the trajectory of his poetry. Taipei: Er Ya (Elite Press), October 2006.


Apologies to Laurel Plapp, whose name was omitted from the list of New Lecturers in the October newsletter. Her listing should have read as follows:

Laurel Plapp - LTGM/101 - German Studies II: National Identity and LTWL/181 - Film Studies and Literature: Film Movements


Scott Boehm presented a paper entitled "The Post-9/11 Politics of Display: Patriotic Spectacles of U.S. 'Freedom' " at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Oakland, CA on October 13th.

Jason Crum is presenting a paper at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference in Philadelphia, November 8-11. The title of his paper is “American Reconnaissance: Class, Race, and Nation in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home.

Jennifer Diamond, currently an assistant professor of English at Ohio University Eastern, is presenting at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference in Philadelphia, November 8-11. The title of her talk is " 'Lumpy, Dumpy, and the Source of Concern' : Fat and Dieting in Erma Bombeck's and Jean Kerr's Housewife Humor."

Michael Grattan is giving a paper entitled "Vexing the Past: Satan and the Politics of History in Milton's Paradise Lost" at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference in Riverside, November 9-12.

Leslie Hammer is presenting a paper at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference in Philadelphia, November 8-11. Her paper is entitled “Rewriting the Sentimental Script of Cross-Cultural Encounters between Native Hawaiians and Euroamericans in Queen Lili’uokalani’s Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen.”

On exhibit in the Lettau Room
(138 Literature Building)


* Ana Minvielle * Louis Montrose *

* Masao Miyoshi * Pasquale Verdicchio *


The Fall 2006 New Writing Series presents
The ParaSpheres Book Release Party

Wednesday, November 1, 4:30 pm
Visual Arts Performance Space

Contributors will read from ParaSpheres: Extending Beyond the Spheres of Literary and Genre Fiction, an anthology of Fabulist and New Wave Fabulist Fiction. The book, which explores the porous boundary between mainstream literary fiction and the genres of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, has already garnered excellent reviews.

Featured contributors include:
L. Timmel Duchamp, the author of Love's Body, Dancing in Time, and The Red Rose Rages.
William Luvaas, the author of The Seductions of Natalie Bach and "The Firewood War."
Carol Schwalberg, whose short stories have appeared in Wordplay, Woman, Ita, and Fair Lady.
Noelle Sickels, who has published two historical novels, Walking West and The Shopkeeper's Wife. Mark Wallace, the author of Nothing Happened and Besides I Wasn't There and Sonnets of a Penny-A-Liner.

The New Writing Series Fall 2006 season continues on November 15 with a Student Reading and concludes on November 29 with a reading by Tim'm T. West.

The Department of Literature at UCSD  presents a discussion on post-Soviet Korean identity

Thursday, November 9, 4pm, deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

"The Third Hamlet: Global Diasporas of the 21st Century and the Literary Formation of a Marginal Hero"

a presentation in Russian and English by Alexander Kan, with translation and commentary by Steven Lee

Alexander Kan is an internationally acclaimed Kazakhstani Korean writer. His novels, poems, and essays have been published in Russian and translated into English, German, Swedish, and Korean.

Accompanying Kan throughout his U.S. visit will be Steven Lee, a Ph.D. candidate in Stanford’s Modern Thought and Literature Program. Serving as both translator and moderator, Lee will seek to place Kan’s essay in relation to the transnational turn in Asian American studies.

Contact: Amelia Glaser

Associate Professor of English
The George Washington University

“Neoliberal Risks: Mediating Disability in a Moment of Danger”
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 – 4:00 pm
Cross-Cultural Center

Professor Robert McRuer is one of the most creative figures in the emerging field of disability studies. Author of The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities (NYU Press), he has made major contributions to cultural studies through his studies of sexuality, and he has become a leader in and advocate for disability studies in the humanities. McRuer has contributed actively to the profession at large through his work with the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Disability Issues.

Professor McRuer’s recent book, Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (NYU Press) offers a major revision of the social model by showing the significant role that sexuality plays in the construction of disability.

Sponsors: Department of Literature, Cross-Cultural Center, LGBT Resource Center
Michael Davidson

Dialogues in Sexuality Studies Inaugural Event

Featuring: Fatima El-Tayeb
Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Culture
UC San Diego
“Queering Ethnicity: European Minority Activism and New Media Cultures”

Meghan Duffy

Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego
"Diversity as Instrument: The Management of Difference in a Sexual-Identity Based Organization"

Thursday, November 16, 5-7 pm
 LGBT Resource Center - Old Student Center

Dialogues in Sexuality Studies is a new quarterly series designed to bring together UCSD faculty members and graduate students from across campus who are interested in the growing interdisciplinary field of Sexuality Studies. Each event features two short presentations—one by a faculty member and one by a graduate student from different disciplines whose work bears productive similarities. To encourage the collaborative spirit of the series, the two presentations will be followed by open discussion over an informal buffet dinner.

Sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center with funding from the Office of Graduate Studies Pilot Programs.

For more information, please contact Kyla Schuller in Literature, Prof. Steven Epstein in Sociology, or Jan Estrellado
At the LGBT Resource Center.

(The Universidad 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, November 16, 2006 – 5:00 pm
Humberto Félix Berumen. “La literatura de la frontera norte de México”

Coordinator of the Jorge A. Bustamante Library at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana. Professor in the School of Humanities, UABC. His most recent books are Tijuana la horrible (2003) and La frontera en el centro. Ensayos de literatura (2005).

Sponsored by the Division of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Literature.
Contact: Max Parra 

The UCSD Center for the Humanities

& Eleanor Roosevelt College present

Oct 12 - Nov 9, 2006  - Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Great Hall, Eleanor Roosevelt College

Nov 2 - Pamela Radcliff, "Modern Art and the Crisis of Meaning in Early Twentieth-Century Europe"
Nov 9- Patrick Patterson, "And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out -- Religion, Law and the Arts in Contemporary Society"

Sponsored by the UCSD Center for the Humanities..


Canadian Studies in the United States
UCLA Faculty Center - November 8 & 9

The workshops will introduce doctoral candidates, department chairs, graduate student advisers, program directors and faculty, to the extensive network of academic professional development opportunities in Canadian Studies throughout the United States. The workshops will be held on Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 9 and run each day from 12:00-3:00, including lunch and refreshment breaks. An honorarium of $100.00 is provided to participants.

These workshops are being sponsored by CONNECT in partnership with the Canadian Consulate, Los Angeles and the UCLA Canadian Studies Program. CONNECT, an initiative of the Center for the Study of Canada at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, is a national program designed to promote the growth and development of Canadian Studies throughout the U.S. higher education community.

XIII Annual Mexican Conference: University of California, Irvine

“Family, City and the Nation”
April 26-28, 2007

The UCI Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the UC Mexicanistas are sponsoring the Thirteenth Annual Mexican Conference to be held from April 26-28, 2007. This year’s conference will be dedicated to the theme of “Family, City and the Nation.” Invited guest speakers: Vicente Quirarte (currently Director of the National Library in Mexico City and Professor of Literature at UNAM) as well as one of Mexico’s leading cultural critics and writers, Carlos Monsiváis.