Helen Tartar

Photo by Bruce Gilbert

I was devastated to learn this morning of the death of Helen Tartar in a car accident. Over the coming days and weeks, there will no doubt be many tributes from eminent scholars and editors who knew Helen much better than I did. And if I can find the words, I will try to record some of my memories of her. But I want to say here simply that Helen was an exceptional editor and human being and that I was very privileged to have known her, if only a little. I owe her a great debt, not only for publishing a book whose failure to fit into the usual categories would have deterred many less fearless editors, but also for reminding me of the love of words and the passion for ideas that must be at the heart of scholarly publishing.


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 https://commonstrangeness.wordpress.com/
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One Response to Helen Tartar

  1. Xavier Callahan says:

    There is a memorial Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Helen-Tartar/286225904866135

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