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Author: Yiheng Zhao; University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies.
Publisher: London : School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2000.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Zhao, Yiheng.
Towards a modern Zen theatre.
London : School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2000
(OCoLC)606496555
Named Person: Xingjian Gao; Xingjian Gao
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yiheng Zhao; University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies.
ISBN: 0728603179 9780728603172
OCLC Number: 45439868
Description: x, 230 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Experimental theatre in China, the movement and subsequent developments --
Criticism vs. creative writing, 1 vs. Gao Xingjian --
The three stages of Gao Xingjian's writing career --
pt. 1. Theoretical problems in the Chinese experimental theatre movement --
The scratch line --
Who is afraid of experimental theatre? --
Theatricism --
Hypotheticality --
Gao Xingjian's theory of 'triplication' --
The ideal of Xieyi theatre --
pt. 2. Explorative/socially-committed plays --
Absolute signal --
Bus stop --
Five short plays --
Wild man --
The predicament of the movement, and comparisons with Taiwan and Hong Kong --
Escape --
pt. 3. Mythological/ritual plays --
The novel Soul mountain --
Necropolis --
Tale of mountains and seas --
Ritualization --
pt. 4. Zen/Xieyi plays --
All it takes is one step --
The other shore --
The freedom of not selling antiques --
The novella Momentary and the monologue play Between life and death --
Dialogue and rebuttal --
Nocturnal wanderer --
The Peking opera Snow in August --
pt. 5. A unique theatre aesthetic --
Zen in Chinese art --
Theatre meta-sensibility --
Dramatic I/dramatic she, subjectivity in Zen --
Plain language --
How to surmount the language hurdle --
The place of modern Zen theatre in world drama --
Appendix 1. A checklist of the publications, translations and performances of Gao Xingjian's major works --
Appendix 2. Gao Xingjian's books in Chinese original --
Appendix 3. Critical works on Gao Xingjian --
Appendix 4. Reference works.
Responsibility: Henry Y.H. Zhao.

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