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Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies held by  Ping-hui Laio


2009-2010 Appointments

New publications by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Michael Davidson, Marcel Hénaff, Jerome Rothenberg, Shelley Streeby, and Yingjin Zhang



Jeff Gagnon, Melissa Hidalgo, Adam Lewis, and Yin Wang present papers...


ne Ph.D.s were awarded in Literature in 2009, and eight graduate students completed qualifying exams. More

New appointments for 2009-2010  include Executive Committee (Chair, Oumelbanine Zhiri, Vice Chair, Roddey Reid, and Members Page duBois, Todd Kontje and Luis Martin-Cabrera), Affirmative Action Outreach (Jorge Mariscal) as well as Section Heads and Advisors.   More

Welcome to new Graduate Students

Eleven graduate students entered the Ph.D. program this year, and there are eight inaugural students in the Creative Writing MFA program. Please join us in welcoming these students to the Department of Literature.     More

 Prize-Winners Announced at the 2008-2009 Annual Honors Awards Ceremony and Reception held on Wednesday, June 10, 2009:

Steward Prize in Poetry - Richard Chiem
Milton H. Saier, Jr. Award for Fiction - Leon Baham
Burkhardt Honors Award - Najwa Mayer
Sherley A. Williams Memorial Prize in Fiction - Camille Huwyler

Please welcome new Lecturers/Associates/Visiting Professors, and Staff.  More

Andrew Wright, Ph. D., FRSL, Professor Emeritus of English Literature (UCSD Literature Department 1963-1991). Many of us knew Andy and we are saddened by the loss of an important person in the history of the Department of Literature.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Andy graduated from Harvard College, majoring in English and earned advanced degrees at Ohio State University. He authored Jane Austen’s Novels: A Study in Structure (1953), Joyce Cary: A Preface to His Novels (1958), Henry Fielding: Mask and Feast (1965, Blake’s ‘Job’: A Commentary (1972), Anthony Trollope: Dream and Art  (1983), and Fictional Discourse and Historical Space; Defoe and Theroux, Austen and Forster, Conrad and Greene (1987).

 Andy was a reviewer for the London Times Literary Supplement and other scholarly journals. He served on editorial boards, compiled the well-known Selective Bibliography for the Study of English and American Literature (with Richard D. Altick; 1979) and A Reader’s Guide to English & American Literature (1972), and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship twice each. Andy was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature of the United Kingdom, and an honorary member of the Phi Beta Kappa.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 4:00 p.m., the Department of Literature and the Geisel Library, Mandeville Collection will host a service in memoriam for Andy, in the Seuss Room at the Library.

Masao Miyoshi, Ph. D., holder of the Hajimi Mori endowed Chair in Japanese Language and Literature (UCSD Literature Department 1986-2004). This past week-end we learned of the passing of our colleague and friend, Masao Miyoshi Ph.D., holder of the Hajime Mori Endowed Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, (UCSD Literature  Department 1986-2004). Many of us knew Masao and we are deeply saddened by the loss of an important person in the history of the  Department of Literature.

Born May 14, 1928, Masao graduated from the University of Tokyo, majoring in English, and  earned advanced degrees at New York University. He was a very respected and prolific scholar, who authored "the Divided Self: A Perspective on  the Literature of the Victorians" (1969), "Accomplices of Silence: The
Modern Japanese Novel (1975), "As We Saw Them: The First Japanese Embassy to the United States (1860)" (1979), "Off Center : Power and Culture Relations Between Japan and the United States" (1991), and "The University in 'Globalization' : Culture, Economy, and Ecology  (2003), as well as a great number of scholarly articles. He also  edited and co-edited many other books of essays on globalization, post- modernism, and the future of area studies. A number of his books and articles have been translated in several languages. Throughout his long and illustrious career, Masao received invitations to lecture around the world, and to contribute articles to many journals and edited volumes. As holder of the Hajime Mori Endowed Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, he lectured, presented papers and organized panels at major international conferences concerned with Japanese and East Asian cultural affairs. He was one of the  most high profile members of our faculty, and he will be very much  missed.

Please join us as we send our heartfelt condolences to Masao's  family and friends

Research Grant Proposals and Travel to Scholarly Meetings, The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, the Dan David Prize, Matchbox Magazine, Wag's Review...  



The 2009 James K. Binder Lectureship Announced!


Award-winning Spanish writer Almudena Grandes will deliver the James K. Binder Lectureship on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at the Faculty Club/Atkinson Pavilion. Save the date!   More

Clarion Writers' Workshop 2010 Announced

June 27 - August 7, 2010

UC San Diego

Featuring instructors Delia Sherman, George R.R. Martin, Dale Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Jeff VanderMeer, and Ann VanderMeer. Application period begins December 1, 2009. The third Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego this summer was a great success, with talented instructors and outstanding students. Congratulations to Clarion 2009 Alumni Heather Albano, Tiffani Angus-Bodie, Elizabeth Argall, Mishell Baker, Paul Boccaccio, Katie Crumpton, Edward Gauvin, Grady Hendrix, Tanner Jupin, Nina Kuruvilla, Matthew London, Patrick Nolan, Leonard Pung, Shauna Roberts, Kenneth Schneyer, Eric Schultz, Nicholas Stenner, and  Nicole Taylor.


Taiwan Studies/Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair Welcome Event
Monday, October 5, 2009
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
UC San Diego, Atkinson Pavilion, Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club

Daryl G. Smith: Diversifying the Faculty for the Next Generation: An Urgent Imperative
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
4:00 p.m.
UC San Diego Cross-Cultural Center

Andrew Wright Memorial Service
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
4:00 p.m.
UC San Diego, The Geisel Library, Dr. Seuss Room

Landmark event in history of UC San Diego
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
12:00 p.m.
UC San Diego, Peterson Hall

Eric Foner: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and Slavery

October 15 and 16, 2009

6:00 p.m.

UC San Diego

Student Services Center, Multi Purpose Room


The Spanish Civic War Memory Project: Ending 60 Years of Silence
Thursday, October 29, 2009
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110      More



Keith Waldrop and Rosmarie Waldrop

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

7:00 p.m.

Visual Arts Performance Space








Les Figues Press

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

4:30 p.m.

Visual Arts Performance Space







Laila Lalami

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

4:30 p.m.

Visual Arts Performance Space

For further information about New Writing Series events, please contact Lorraine Graham or Nikolai Beope at or