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.
”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.
"Saved by Hippolyte Havel, Anarchist." [essay] Golden Handcuffs Review
1 ( Summer, Fall 2006) #7.
Il prezzo della verità: Il dono, il denaro, la filosofia. Italian translation of
de la Vérité: Le don, l’argent, la philosophie (The Price of the Truth: Gift, Money, Philosophy). Trento: Città Aperta, 2006.
“Ayatollah Sistani and the Democratization of Post-Baathist Iraq.” United States Institute of Peace,
Special Report, October 2006.
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
"Hurt So Good: Fight Club, Masculine Violence, and the Crisis of Capitalism." The Journal of American Culture
29.3 (September 2006): 265-277.
Molecular Biology in Narrative Form. Volume 64 in the Berkeley Insights
in Linguistics and Semiotics series. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006.
"Three sections of Melancholie in early winter in Paris." [ong poem] The Epoch Poetry Quarterly
"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.
“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 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.
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.
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
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
NEW VISITING SCHOLARS: Qingguang Wei – sponsored by
Wai-lim Yip, Beatriz Rhett – sponsored by
Jaime Concha, Guangsheng Zou (arriving in October) - sponsored
Wai-lim Yip, Yongsheng Zhang (arriving in December) - sponsored
Finbarr Curtis –
LTWL/138 – Critical Religion Studies. American Religious
RELI/188 – Special Topics in Religion. Religion and
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
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
James Meetze –
LTWR/102 – Poetry
– LTFR/116 – Themes in Intellectual and Literary History
Sawako Nakayasu – LTWR/8B – Writing Poetry
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:
Cecilia Ubilla –
LTSP/141 – Latin American Poetry
Randall Williams –
LTCS/50 – Introduction to Cultural Studies
LTCS/150 – Topics in Cultural Studies
NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS
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
Other new graduate students come to us with a variety of experience. They
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.
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,
Yin Wang, MA in English, National Taiwan University
Ka Hin (Alvin) Wong, BA in English and Women’s Studies, UC Davis
Amanda Birmingham, BA in Spanish, Southwestern University, Texas
David Hayden, International Business and French, National University,
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
Louis Montrose have been advanced to Professor, Above Scale, a rank that carries with
it the title of "Distinguished Professor." They join Professor
in this honored category. Literature emeritus professors who achieved
above-scale status during their careers include Carlos Blanco-Aguinaga,
Roy Harvey Pearce,
Jerome Rothenberg, and
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
EXAMS & DEFENSES
Amra Brooks's soon-to-be released
novella, California, was featured as the cover story, with an excerpt, in the
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
- 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
- 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
2006 HONORS AWARDS
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
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"
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.
CILAS and the
of Literature. Contact:
UABC en UCSD
(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
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 &
The Department of Literature
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
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.
(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,
Graduate School of
International Relations and Political Studies (IR/PS).
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.