Four reviews of A Common Strangeness

I’ve fallen behind on my archiving of reviews of A Common Strangeness and so I am taking a moment here to add four new reviews to the list. I’m grateful to the reviewers for their positive comments given below but even more so for their queries and objections—of such stuff are interesting and useful (for both reader and author) book reviews made, as Haun Saussy recently emphasized over on Print Culture.

“This book is a remarkable accomplishment. It resists the fashionable solution to the problem it sets itself—it does not seek to dismantle the genre of the poem in deference to the authority of contexts.”—Brian Glaser in symplokē (read the full review here)

“This book examines the changes in poetic discourses that have followed from the end of the Cold War and the rise of a global literature, and it engages with impressive competence in the fields of Chinese, American, and post-Soviet literary cultures. . . . An understated, versatile, and clear exponent of poetic analysis and cultural commentary”—Andrew Kahn in the Slavic Review (read the full review here)

“Edmond’s book offers a rich and thought-provoking study and stimulates comparatist research. . . . the book offers an interesting juxtaposition of ‘estranged’ poets of various backgrounds and calls the reader’s attention to important politically and culturally controversial trends in societies such as China, Russia, and the U.S. It opens up new research vistas by drawing scholarly attention to issues that have become increasingly important in the contemporary world where old oppositions are no longer operative”—Marina Grishakova and Märt Läänemets in Recherche littéraire / Literary Research (read the full review here)

“The strength of Edmond’s study is the close readings of each poet, which are subtle and insightful across the broad range of national traditions he examines.”—Joseph Acquisto in The Modern Language Review (read the full review here)


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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