A Common Strangeness
Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Fordham University Press
Series: Verbal Arts
Title Page, Copyright
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— . . .
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 . . .
1. Yang Lian and the Flâneur in Exile
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 . . .
2. Arkadii Dragomoshchenko and Poetic Correspondences
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 . . .
3. Lyn Hejinian and Russian Estrangement
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 . . .
4. Bei Dao and World Literature
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 . . .
5. Dmitri Prigov and Cross-Cultural Conceptualism
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 . . .
6. Charles Bernstein and Broken English
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, . . .
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 . . .