Lucas Klein’s Foreign Echoes and Discerning the Soil

Dissertation Reviews has posted Brian Skerratt’s review of Lucas Klein’s dissertation, Foreign Echoes and Discerning the Soil: Dual Translation, Historiography, and World Literature in Chinese Poetry. Skerratt praises Klein’s dissertation for “its ambition and its erudition,” to which I can also attest. Klein’s dissertation is a tour de force, ranging from Tang Dynasty masters Wang Wei 王維 (692-761), Du Fu 杜甫 (712-770), Li Shangyin 李商隱 (813-858) to modern poet Bian Zhilin 卞之琳 (1910-2000) and contemporary poet Yang Lian 楊煉 (b. 1955), whose work I also explore in the opening chapter of A Common Strangeness. Klein convincingly demonstrates the way the foreign is always already present in even the most canonical of Chinese poetic texts. I look forward with great anticipation to the book that will no doubt emerge from Klein’s fine dissertation.

About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is associate professor in English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the author of Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia University Press, 2019), A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham University Press, 2012), and of numerous essays, which have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, Slavic Review, and The China Quarterly.
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