A Common Strangeness reviewed in the Slavic and East European Journal

“In this ambitious and rich work, Jacob Edmond explores the relationship between recent poetry and globalism. Rejecting both the traditional East/West binary and the local/global opposition which he sees as its replacement, Edmond maps out a middle ground––an area of contact and exchange in which seemingly disparate poets pursued a common poetics of strangeness in the post–Cold War years. . . . Edmond’s book is thoroughly researched and theoretically complex, drawing on Benjamin, Baudelaire, Bakhtin and Barthes, as well as numerous contemporary critics. . . . These theorists help reinforce Edmond’s larger argument about the poetics of common strangeness, but his careful examination of each poet’s individual work should not be overlooked or underestimated, especially considering the wide range of his subjects. In A Common Strangeness, he employs his own proposed method of comparative literature––one that is simultaneously global and local; abstract and particular; and resistant to dichotomous binaries.”

––Sarah Clovis Bishop, Slavic and East European Journal

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About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is author of A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham UP, 2012). His articles have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, The China Quarterly, the Slavic and East European Journal, and Russian Literature. He is editor (with Henry Johnson and Jacqueline Leckie) of Recentring Asia: Histories, Encounters, Identities (Brill / Global Oriental, 2011), and editor and translator (with Hilary Chung) of Yang Lian’s Unreal City: A Chinese Poet in Auckland (Auckland University Press, 2006). For more, see: http://www.otago.ac.nz/english/staff/edmond.htm http://otago.academia.edu/JacobEdmond http://commonstrangeness.wordpress.com/
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One Response to A Common Strangeness reviewed in the Slavic and East European Journal

  1. Definitely one to follow up!

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