A Common Strangeness has received an honorable mention for the American Comparative Literature Association’s 2013 Harry Levin Prize. The 2013 Levin Prize distinguishes the best first book in comparative literature published in 2010–2012. The citation from the selection committee, comprising Anne-Lise François, Rey Chow, and Margaret Cohen, reads:
Jacob Edmond’s work places the discipline of comparative literature against a deeply cosmopolitan, yet rarely juxtaposed, series of lyrical contexts. From the stakes of high modernism to the controversies over global literature and contemporary geopolitics, his discussions are admirable in their linguistic range, erudition, and critical vision. Cultural encounter––that experience so typically poised between strangeness and commonality––becomes here a poetic event. An original, sophisticated, and remarkable book.