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Ink Dances in LimboGao Xingjian's Writing as Cultural Translation$
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Jessica Yeung

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099210

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099210.001.0001

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Essays on Modernism 1980–1983: Negotiating Modernism

Essays on Modernism 1980–1983: Negotiating Modernism

(p.17) 2 Essays on Modernism 1980–1983: Negotiating Modernism
Ink Dances in Limbo

Jessica Yeung

Hong Kong University Press

It was only in the relatively relaxed atmosphere in the years after the Cultural Revolution that Gao Xingjian was able to get published. It is therefore important to contextualise his early writings within the framework of post-Cultural Revolution literature. Between 1980 and 1981, Gao published over a dozen essays introducing European modernism. Most of them were later collected in his theoretical work Xiandai xiaoshuo jiqiao chutan (A preliminary Exploration of the Techniques of Modern Fiction). A Preliminary Exploration did not include all of Gao's essays on modernism, but only those on the general features of this writing paradigm. Case studies were featured in three other essays on French modernist writings. French literature has in general significantly informed Gao's literary orientation. His entire career up to this point was connected with the education in French literature he had received before the Cultural Revolution.

Keywords:   Cultural Revolution, Gao Xingjian, Europe, modernism, French literature, fiction

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