A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature by Jacob Edmond (review)

A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature by... Book Notes fundamental link between violence and contemporary American modes of living. By naming America "an empire of liberty," Bogues compels American studies to come to terms with the force of American slavery in relation to broader forces of global American imperialism. Jennifer Sweeney, Binghamton University Jacob Edmond. A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature. New York: Fordham UP, 2012. 284 pp. In the first chapter, in Edmond's readings the materiality of the word leads to indeterminacies in which some of Yang Lian's contexts (a cemetery in New Zealand and the Tiananmen massacre of June 4, 1989) are made to relate to each other as radically different and yet sometimes mutually illuminating. The motif of "touch" takes on in these contexts an immediacy that recalls to me Levinas' conception of the other as infinite. In any event this immediacy leads Edmonds to imagine, via the "translation style" of Chinese poetry, an intermingling of influences of Walter Benjamin and Charles Baudelaire in Yang Lian's experience of expatriation. This densely argued attempt to go beyond the "collapse of difference in deconstructive play" in its appreciation of Yang Lian as a flâneur is imaginative and will be informative to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature by Jacob Edmond (review)

symploke, Volume 21 (1) – Dec 22, 2013

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Book Notes fundamental link between violence and contemporary American modes of living. By naming America "an empire of liberty," Bogues compels American studies to come to terms with the force of American slavery in relation to broader forces of global American imperialism. Jennifer Sweeney, Binghamton University Jacob Edmond. A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature. New York: Fordham UP, 2012. 284 pp. In the first chapter, in Edmond's readings the materiality of the word leads to indeterminacies in which some of Yang Lian's contexts (a cemetery in New Zealand and the Tiananmen massacre of June 4, 1989) are made to relate to each other as radically different and yet sometimes mutually illuminating. The motif of "touch" takes on in these contexts an immediacy that recalls to me Levinas' conception of the other as infinite. In any event this immediacy leads Edmonds to imagine, via the "translation style" of Chinese poetry, an intermingling of influences of Walter Benjamin and Charles Baudelaire in Yang Lian's experience of expatriation. This densely argued attempt to go beyond the "collapse of difference in deconstructive play" in its appreciation of Yang Lian as a flâneur is imaginative and will be informative to

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