Against Global Literary Studies

Literary studies has taken a global turn through such institutional frameworks as global romanticism, global modernism, global anglophone, global postcolonial, global settler studies, world literature, and comparative literature. Though promising an escape from parochialism, nationalism, and Eurocentrism, this turn often looks suspiciously like another version of Anglo-European imperialism. This essay argues that, rather than continue the expansionary line of recent decades, global literary studies must allow other perspectives to draw into question its concepts, practices, and theories, including those associated with the terms literature, discipline, and comparison.

“a radical contribution to poetry studies”: LARB reviews Make It the Same

The Los Angeles Review of Books has just published Walt Hunter’s review of Make It the Same. The review concludes: Edmond’s book makes a radical contribution to poetry studies. For Edmond, the agent of poetic change is not the individual, but rather the shifting collaboration between technology and politics that produces different kinds of copies. …

Make It the Same interview on All Good Poems Wear Travelling Shoes

I had the great pleasure last week of speaking with Ian Loughran about Make It the Same on his wonderful radio programme All Good Poems Wear Travelling Shoes. The recording is now online. Click below to listen. https://d2j8uygm5y8062.cloudfront.net/StationFolder/otago/NZOA64k-All%20Good%20Poems%20-%202019-08-24.mp3

Preview of Make It the Same online now

A preview of Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media is now available through Google Books. You can read a substantial portion of the introduction and a taster from a couple of other chapters. The full version (in hardback or ebook) will not be available until July but you can pre-order …

Never too big to teach—or learn

I learn new things from my students all the time. I learn through reading their essays on topics such as One Direction fan fiction, or online trans poetry networks. But I also learn by developing new approaches to teaching. Chapter 1 of Make It the Same, for instance, would never have been written if I …

Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media

I am delighted to announce that my new book, Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media, is due out from Columbia University Press in June of this year. A brief blurb appears below. For further details, see the chapter-by-chapter contents description. For  advance orders, try the Columbia University Press page or …

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