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A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature

Jacob Edmond


This book begins with two questions: Why 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? Insofar as it responds to these questions, the book is a history of the patterns of literary making and cosmopolitan thinking that have shaped the aesthetics of globalization from the late–Cold War period to today. But the book is also ... More

Keywords: comparative literature, globalization, avant-garde poetry, Cold War, East/West binary, general/particular binary, China, Russia, United States, strangeness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823242597
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob Edmond, author
University of Otago