A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural by Jacob Edmond

By Jacob Edmond

Why is our global nonetheless understood via binary oppositions—East and West, neighborhood and worldwide, universal and strange—that should have crumbled with the Berlin Wall? What may perhaps literary responses to the occasions that ushered in our period of globalization let us know in regards to the rhetorical and old underpinnings of those dichotomies?

In a typical Strangeness, Jacob Edmond exemplifies a brand new, multilingual and multilateral method of literary and cultural experiences. He starts off with the doorway of China into multinational capitalism and the looks of the Parisian flâneur within the writings of a chinese language poet exiled in Auckland, New Zealand. relocating between poetic examples in Russian, chinese language, and English, he then strains a sequence of encounters formed by way of financial and geopolitical occasions from the Cultural Revolution, perestroika, and the June four bloodbath to the cave in of the Soviet Union, September eleven, and the invasion of Iraq. In those encounters, Edmond tracks a shared challenge with strangeness in which poets contested outdated binary oppositions as they reemerged in new, post-Cold struggle forms.

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