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    A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Verbal Arts: Studies in Poetics) (Paperback) By (author) Jacob Edmond

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    DescriptionWhy is our world still understood through binary oppositions-East and West, local and global, common and strange-that ought to have crumbled with the Berlin Wall? What might literary responses to the events that ushered in our era of globalization tell us about the rhetorical and historical underpinnings of these dichotomies? In A Common Strangeness, Jacob Edmond exemplifies a new, multilingual and multilateral approach to literary and cultural studies. He begins with the entrance of China into multinational capitalism and the appearance of the Parisian flaneur in the writings of a Chinese poet exiled in Auckland, New Zealand. Moving among poetic examples in Russian, Chinese, and English, he then traces a series of encounters shaped by economic and geopolitical events from the Cultural Revolution, perestroika, and the June 4 massacre to the collapse of the Soviet Union, September 11, and the invasion of Iraq. In these encounters, Edmond tracks a shared concern with strangeness through which poets contested old binary oppositions as they re-emerged in new, post-Cold War forms.

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    A Common Strangeness
    Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jacob Edmond
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780823242603
    ISBN 10: 0823242609

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    19 b&w illustrations
    Fordham University Press
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    Fordham University Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    JACOB EDMOND teaches English at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
    Review quote
    "Ultimately the readings support an interpretation of Benjamin as authority for interpreting the experience of globalization, or 'common strangeness' as that experience appears in poetry. The close readings are quite good and also very worthwhile in the context of critical discussion of world literature." Edward M. Gunn, Cornell University