Author Archives: Jacob Edmond

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/

What in the World Was Postmodernism?

I’m looking forward to the “What [in the World] Was Postmodernism?” symposium, which will be taking place here at the University of Otago in Dunedin over the next three days. The symposium is convened by my colleague David Ciccoricco and … Continue reading

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Asia in New Zealand Lives

I want belatedly to draw attention to the publication of “Asia in New Zealand Lives,” a special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, edited by Henry Johnson and myself, and to thank the contributors for their diverse … Continue reading

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Vanessa Place and the AWP

Contrary to the AWP’s statement regarding the removal of Vanessa Place from the AWP Los Angeles 2016 subcommittee, Place’s tweeting of Gone with the Wind is not “explained” in my pieces on Jacket2. (I cite but don’t discuss the twitter … Continue reading

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Prigov’s concrete poems get bigger

One of Dmitri Prigov’s Stikhogrammy (poemographs or versographs) about which I write in A Common Strangeness has been blown up to the size of a multistory apartment building as part of an art project in Belyaevo, an area in Moscow … Continue reading

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Ripples in language

Stone and Circles on Water (Камень и круги на воде) is the eighteenth in Dmitri Prigov’s series of poems built around the Russian alphabet, or azbuka, and the work that for me most clearly encapsulates Prigov’s “iterative poetics,” about which … Continue reading

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Compared to What?

You can now download  in MP3 and MP4 formats the fourth and final talk delivered by the incomparable Haun Saussy as the as 2014 University of Otago De Carle Distinguished Lecturer. In “Compared to What?” Saussy argues that “comparative literature … Continue reading

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Defining poetry

I’ve been anything but quick in answering Katie Price’s “quick question” on Jacket2. Now, my response finally joins those of Amy Catanzano, Bob Perelman, and Brian M. Reed. Each of us was asked to write a 500-word response to the question: … Continue reading

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