Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xi-xv

I began work on this book while based at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. I thank Fulbright New Zealand and the Davis Center— . . .

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

The transition from the general to the particular always has stimulating surprises in store, when the interlocutor without contours, ghostly, takes shape before you, gradually or at a single blow, and becomes the . . .

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1. Yang Lian and the Flâneur in Exile

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pp. 15-43

How can one acknowledge points of contact among disparate texts, times, places, languages, and cultures without eclipsing their particularity? This problem becomes especially acute in the post-1989 world . . .

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2. Arkadii Dragomoshchenko and Poetic Correspondences

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pp. 44-71

Arriving in Moscow on 10 June 1983, the collection of mainly San Francisco Bay Area bohemians must have made a strange sight. Comprising avant-garde musicians, writers, filmmakers, a video crew, and . . .

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3. Lyn Hejinian and Russian Estrangement

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pp. 72-94

Following such a line, we would not study—to put the question into its most traditional formulation—the “encounter” between Orientalism and modernism, but rather work the interpenetration of those two categories . . .

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4. Bei Dao and World Literature

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pp. 95-124

How could lines of poetry written secretly by a poet in his early twenties become rallying cries for a generation, and a decade later, in 1989, appear on protest banners that sought to change the course of a . . .

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5. Dmitri Prigov and Cross-Cultural Conceptualism

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pp. 125-163

The late 1980s and early 1990s witnessed the rise of an international market for contemporary Chinese and Russian artworks. Indicative examples are Zhang Hongtu’s portrait of Mao Zedong on . . .

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6. Charles Bernstein and Broken English

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pp. 164-192

Charles Bernstein is perhaps best known for the satirical mode that this second epigraph exemplifies. Nevertheless, he is often read as a serious commentator on literary studies and its recent global turn, . . .

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Conclusion

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pp. 193-198

On 20 March 2003, the New Zealand state broadcaster interrupted its regular schedule to announce that US-led forces had entered Iraq. Obviously prepared for the inevitable news, the announcer . . .

Notes

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pp. 199-234

Works Cited

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pp. 235-264

Index

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pp. 265-272