Review of A Common Strangeness in the Journal of Cold War Studies

JCWS1601Cover.vpI am delighted to see that A Common Strangeness has been reviewed in the Journal of Cold War Studies, especially since the book does try to engage questions of Cold War history and politics, as well as literature. You can read Sonia I. Ketchian’s review here.

I’m still waiting, however, for someone to notice the footnote where I link literature most directly to political events. In that footnote, I speculate that Club-81, a KGB-sponsored group for unofficial writers in Leningrad, may have been part of Yuri Andropov’s campaign against Brezhnev supporters, including Grigory Romanov, the party boss of Leningrad and a member of the Politburo.


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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