Andrea Bachner reviews A Common Strangeness

I was delighted to discover recently that Andrea Bachner has reviewed A Common Strangeness for CLEAR (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews).  Bachner concludes the review very kindly: “If Edmond’s A Common Strangeness with its linguistic expertise, its cross-cultural scope, its masterful analyses, and its theoretical insights is at all indicative of the state of the discipline (or at least of some of the best work it can produce), I am not overly worried about the future of comparative literature.” Meanwhile, I can’t wait to read Bachner’s book Beyond Sinology: Chinese Writing and the Scripts of Culture, which has just come out from Columbia University and which promises to be a real treat.


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:
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