October 2006 News


Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
"Sandman." Tin House (October 2006)."Wannabes: Superhip South Asian rudeboys fight for bling on the streets of West London," a review of Londonstani, a novel by Gautam Malkani. Washington Post Book World (Sunday, June 25, 2006): BW15.

Michael Davidson
”Universal Design: The Work of Disability in an Age of Globalization.” The Disability Studies Reader, 2nd ed. Ed. Lennard Davis. New York: Routledge, 2006. “Hearing Things; Das Skandalon Sprechen in Performances Gehorloser.” Das Zeichen. (March, 2004): 32-42.

Mel Freilicher
"Saved by Hippolyte Havel, Anarchist." [essay] Golden Handcuffs Review 1 ( Summer, Fall 2006) #7.

Marcel Henaff
Il prezzo della verità: Il dono, il denaro, la filosofia. Italian translation of Le Prix de la Vérité: Le don, l’argent, la philosophie (The Price of the Truth: Gift, Money, Philosophy). Trento: Città Aperta, 2006.

Babak Rahimi
“Ayatollah Sistani and the Democratization of Post-Baathist Iraq.” United States Institute of Peace, Special Report, October 2006.

Jerome Rothenberg
China Notes and The Treasures of Dunhuang.  [poems] Toronto and Tokyo: Ahadada Books, 2006. Etnopoesia no Milenio. Essays translated into Portuguese by Luci Collin. Rio De Janeiro: Azougue Editorial, 2006.

Lynn Ta
"Hurt So Good: Fight Club, Masculine Violence, and the Crisis of Capitalism." The Journal of American Culture 29.3 (September 2006): 265-277.

Priya Venkatesan
Molecular Biology in Narrative Form. Volume 64 in the Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics series. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006.

Wai-lim Yip
"Three sections of Melancholie in early winter in Paris." [ong poem] The Epoch Poetry Quarterly 147
 ( June,2006).
 "Birds Extinct. 1006. Hong Kong." United Daily Literary Supplement, August 12, 2006.
 Zhonghuo Shixue (Chinese Poetics), Expanded Version. Beijing: Renmin Wenxue Press, 2006. [Four new essays and a new introduction added; 125 pages of new material.]
Pangde yu Xiaoxiang Bajing ( Pound and the Eight Views of Xiaoxiang). Changsha, Huanan: Yuelu shushe, 2006.

Lisa Yoneyama
“War and the Media.”  Keywords of the Contemporary America. Ed. Mari Yoshihara and Yujin Yaguchi. Tokyo: Chuokoronsha, 2006.
 “Multiculturalism.”  Twenty Theories of Cultural Anthropology. Ed. Tsuneo Ayabe. Tokyo: Kobundo, 2006.
“Alienating Words, Haunting Memories: Review of Kayo Hatta’s Picture Brides.” Zenya (Fall 2006): 134-135.

Yingjin Zhang
Yingjin Zhang published a long critical introduction, “Relationships between Shanghai Film and Literature in the Context of Cultural History,” to a Chinese academic monograph: PAN Jian, Xuanze, hudong, zhenghe: haipai wenhua yujing zhongde dianying jiqi yu wenxue de guanxi (Selection, Interaction, Integration: Cinema and Its Relationship to Literature in the Context of Shanghai Culture).Hangzhou: Zhejiang U Press, 2006. 

Amelia Glaser, Assistant Professor, Russian Literature
Amelia Glaser received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 2004. She was awarded post-doctoral fellowships at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) in 2004 and at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (CAJS) in 2005. During 2005-06 she taught as a Lecturer in Slavic Literature and Jewish Studies at Stanford University. Dr. Glaser’s dissertation, "The Marketplace and the Church: Jews, Slavs and the Literature of Exchange, 1829-1929," was the recipient of Stanford University’s Bradley Rubidge Memorial Dissertation Award in Comparative Literature in 2006. Among her many other awards are a Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award from the US Dept. of Education in 2002-2003 and the Geballe Dissertation Fellowship from the Stanford Humanities Center in 2003-2004.

Dayna Kalleres, Assistant Professor, Program for the Study of Religion
Dayna Kalleres received her Ph.D. in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University, with a specialization in Early Christianity, in May of 2002. After finishing her doctorate, Dr. Kalleres spent three years as an Andrew Mellon Stanford Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow; during 2005-06, she held an appointment as a lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at Stanford and as an Assistant Professor at the University of the Pacific.

Margaret Loose, Assistant Professor, Victorian Literature
Margaret Loose received her Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa in spring 2006 and MA degrees in English from the Universities of Iowa (Victorian Lit) and South Carolina (Romantic Lit). Her primary interests are Victorian Literature and 19th Century British Literature, with a focus in poetics and literature by women and the working class. Her future research plans include a study that takes a longer view of nineteenth-century poetic form from late Romanticism through the Victorian age and a study of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life (1848). She has taught a variety of courses, ranging from Narrative Literature and Women & Literature to Greek Myth & Civilization and Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Greece & Rome.


Isaac Artenstein – LTWR/110 Screen Writing
Finbarr Curtis – LTWL/138 – Critical Religion Studies. American Religious Movements and RELI/188 – Special Topics in Religion. Religion and Aesthetics
Diane D’Andrade – LTWR/109 – Writing and Publication for Children
Julia Fulton -- LTWR/112 – Adapting Literature to the Screen
Philip Gunderson – LTTH/110 – History of Criticism and LTWL/115 – Contemporary Literature: Culture of Paranoia
Christine Guzaitis – LTEN/150 – Gender, Text and Culture. Alternative Domesticities and the U.S. Nation-State
Edda Hodnett – LTGM/2A – Intermediate German I
Jake Mattox – LTEN/149 – Themes in English & American Literature. Navigating the Americas: U.S. Maritime Literature and Manifest Destiny.
James Meetze – LTWR/102 – Poetry
Jean-Louis Morhange – LTFR/116 – Themes in Intellectual and Literary History
Sawako Nakayasu – LTWR/8B – Writing Poetry and LTWR/115 – Experimental Writing
Laurel Plapp - LTGM101 - German Studies II: National Identities and LTWL181 - Film Studies and Literature: Film Movement: New German Cinema and Beyond
Beheroze Shroff – LTWL/181 – Film Studies and Literature Film Movement: Bollywood Films
Cecilia Ubilla – LTSP/141 – Latin American Poetry
Randall Williams – LTCS/50 – Introduction to Cultural Studies and LTCS/150 – Topics in Cultural Studies

NEW VISITING SCHOLARS: Qingguang Wei – sponsored by  Wai-lim Yip, Beatriz Rhett – sponsored by Jaime Concha, Guangsheng Zou (arriving in October) - sponsored  by Wai-lim Yip, Yongsheng Zhang (arriving in December) - sponsored  by Yingjin Zhang


MA students who are continuing in the PhD program: Cat Gmuca and Trina Larson

UCSD alumni enrolled in the PhD program include:Zulema Diaz, who received her BA in Literatures of the World ,Leonor McCrory, who received her BA in Literatures in English,Yeesheen Yang, who received her BA in Literatures in English and her BS in Biology

Other new graduate students come to us with a variety of experience. They include:

PhD students
Aaron Anderson, MA in Literature, UC Santa Cruz
Amber Carini, MA in English and American Literature, Mills College
Alex Chang, BA in English, UC Berkeley
Angie Chau, MA in Literature, New York University
Andrea Dominguez, MA in English, University of Arizona, Tucson
Jeffrey Gagnon, Master of Education, Gender Studies, Harvard University
Ana Grinberg-Vandersip, MA in Women’s Studies, San Diego State University
Inhye Han, MA in English Language and Literature, Ewha University, Republic of South Korea
Ryan Heryford, BA in English, Goucher College
Kedar Kulkarni, BA in English Literature, Brandeis University
Yuliya Ladygina, Magister German Philology and Foreign Language, T.G. Shevchenko National University , Ukraine
Margarita Levantovskaya, Bachelor of Arts and Science in Comparative Literature, Pitzer College, Claremont
Michael Lundell, MFA in Creative Writing, San Diego State University
Leonora Paula, MA in Literature, Fed University, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Diego Ubiera, BA in English and Music, North Carolina State University
Lisa Vernoy, Master of Science in Counseling, Cal State University, Fullerton
Yin Wang, MA in English, National Taiwan University
Ka Hin (Alvin) Wong, BA in English and Women’s Studies, UC Davis

MA students
Amanda Birmingham, BA in Spanish, Southwestern University, Texas
David Hayden, International Business and French, National University, Ireland

  • Kirk M. Eardley has accepted the position of Undergraduate Assistant in our department and began working in that capacity on Monday, September 11. Kirk received a B.A. in Creative Writing from UCSD in 2004. After graduation, he worked at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and as a tutor for the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Erica Negretti accepted the position of Undergraduate Student Advisor for Literature and began working here on August 31. Erica received her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in History, from UCSD. As a student she worked for the UCSD Medical Center and Geisel Library. After graduation, she worked for a program within UCSD Student Educational Advancement (Cal-SOAP). She then left UCSD to work for a software company for a few years, and upon returning to UCSD, she has worked in UCSD Extension and most recently Calit2.
  • Mario A. Mejia has accepted the position of Financial Assistant in our department and began working in that capacity on Monday, August 7th. Some of you may have met Mario, who was working in the undergraduate office from mid-May until his appointment as Financial Assistant. Mario received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from UCSD in the spring of 2005. After graduation, he worked as a mortgage broker and also served as a research assistant for a marketing company.  

Effective July 1, 2006, Professors Ron Berman, Page duBois, and Louis Montrose have been advanced to Professor, Above Scale, a rank that carries with it the title of "Distinguished Professor." They join Professor Wai-lim Yip in this honored category. Literature emeritus professors who achieved above-scale status during their careers include Carlos Blanco-Aguinaga, Diego Catalan, Masao Miyoshi, Roy Harvey Pearce, Jerome Rothenberg, and Andrew Wright.


  • Amra Brooks's soon-to-be released novella, California, was featured as the cover story, with an excerpt, in the LA Weekly of August 31, 2006. California is forthcoming from Suspect Thoughts Press.
  • Abbie Cory has accepted a tenured position as Assistant Professor in Palomar College in San Marcos. She will be teaching composition and literature.
  • Jay Crum was awarded the California Cultures in Comparative Perspective Summer Fellowship.
  • Marta Gonzales has accepted a one-year full-time lecturer position in the Chicana/o Studies Department at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
  • Su-Yun Kim has been awarded a Naiman fellowship by the UCSD Japanese Studies Program for 2006-2007.
  • Kyla Schuller, working with the LGBT Resource Center and sociology professor Steve Epstein, has been awarded OGSR pilot program funding for "Dialogues in Sexuality Studies" for the coming year. They will be organizing three catered Sexuality Studies forums throughout the year, each featuring a 30-min presentation by a faculty member as well as a graduate student from the social sciences and humanities. They will also launch a cross-dept Sexuality Studies list-serv.
  • Meg Wesling is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University until March 2007.
  • Alvin Wong, an incoming PhD student, is presenting at the Annual Los Angeles Queer Studies Conference on October 21-22 at UCLA, hosted by UCLA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program. His presentation is entitled "Remapping the Politics of Queer Institutionality: Josephine Ho's 'Perversity' and the Question of Academic and State's Legitimacy in Taiwan."

PhD Defenses: Jinah Kim – August 30, 2006 - "U.S. Racial Imaginaries",Hellen Lee-Keller – July 21, 2006 - "Working Matters: Women's Work and Culture in the United States, 1868-1898",Chong Chon Smith – June 6, 2006 - "Asian American and African American Masculinities: Race, Citizenship, and Culture on Past Civil Rights"

MA Degrees: Jessica Lopez-Vazquez – June 15, 2006 - MA Literatures in Spanish,"Feminicidio, genero sexual, representacion y diferentes tipos de violencia en 'La parte de los crimens de 2666'",Elizabeth Richardson – June 16, 2006 - MA Literatures in English

Qualifying Exams: Lillian Atteridge – May 31, 2006, Andrew Escudero – June 2, 2006 (also received an MA in Literatures in English), Gabriela McEvoy – June 13, 2006 (also received and MA in Literatures in Spanish),Chunhui Peng - June 14, 2006


The following prize-winners were announced at the annual honors awards ceremony and reception held on Wednesday, June 14: Sherley Anne Williams Prize – Estera (Tess) Meissner for "If the Silence Takes You", Sigurd Burckhardt Award – Kristin Krogh for "Traveling Through This Part of You: Re-experiencing Dickey Chapelle’s Vietnam"
The Fall 2006 New Writing Series opens on Wednesday, October 11, 4:30 pm, in the Visual Arts Performance Space with our own Sarah Shun-lien Bynum reading from her award-winning book, Madeleine Is Sleeping, and from work in progress.

Amartya Sen, "The Illusions of Identity"
Thursday, October 5, 2006 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Hojel Auditorium, Institute of Americas
Amartya Sen, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, will present a lecture based on his latest book, Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny. Presented by the UCSD Center for the Humanities with the generous support of Chris and Pat Weil.

Günter Schwaiger
presents his documentary “Santa Cruz, Por ejemplo…”

October 9, 6.00 pm
Hojel Auditorium, Institute of the Americas

The documentary records the work of a team of forensic archeologists who slowly extract human bones in Santa Cruz, Burgos, while family members of the victims of Franco´s dictatorship ready themselves to take the remains to the local cemetery.Literature graduate student Scott Boehm will introduce the film with pictures of a recent excavation of a mass grave in Spain. Luis Martín-Cabrera will moderate the discussion. Sponsored by CILAS and the Department of Literature. Contact: Luis Martin-Cabrera

(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 will be in Spanish
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Thursday, October 19 – 4:00 pm
Elizabeth Algrávez. “Amor es una palabra aguda”

Poet and publisher. Author of Arenario (1994) and Trilogía de arena (1999). Director of the Municipal Institute of Art and Culture in Tijuana (2001-2004). Algrávez teaches at the UABC and the Centro de Estudios Tecnológicos y Superiores (CETYS Universidad).
Sponsored by the Division of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Literature. Contact: Max Parra

The Department of Literature announces The Annual Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture

Mary Louise Pratt
Silver Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures

"Migrancy, Empire and the Politics of Language: Toward a Geolinguistic Imagination"

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 7:00 pm
UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

Professor Pratt is widely known as a scholar of Latin American literature since 1800. Her research and teaching areas include postcolonial criticism and theory, cultural studies, women and print culture, literary discourse and ideology, travel literature, and modern prose fiction.

José (Butch) Dalisay, Jr.
Professor of English & Creative Writing
 University of the Philippines

 "Literature and Politics in the Philippines"

Tuesday, October 24 deCerteau Room – 155 Literature Building

Professor Dalisay, who coordinates the creative writing program at UP Dillman and is an associate for fiction and drama at the UP Institute of Creative Writing, has won numerous awards and prizes for fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and screenwriting. Sponsored by the Department of Literature, the Cross-Cultural Center, and the Graduate School of International Relations and Political Studies (IR/PS)

James Clifford

Professor, History of Consciousness
UC Santa Cruz
“‘First Arts’ and Last Words: Making Sense of Tribal Things in Paris and Other Places”
Monday, October 30, 4:00 pm, Atkinson Hall (Cal IT2) Auditorium
Sponsored by the Dean of Arts & Humanities and the UC Humanties Research Institute.