Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ink Dances in LimboGao Xingjian's Writing as Cultural Translation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HONG KONG SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hongkong.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hong Kong University Press, 2022. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HKSO for personal use.date: 16 May 2022

Plays 1982–1985: Moderism Transferred

Plays 1982–1985: Moderism Transferred

(p.51) 4 Plays 1982–1985: Moderism Transferred
Ink Dances in Limbo

Jessica Yeung

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter shows that the formal structure of Gao Xingjian's early plays are essentially modernist. In other words, the paradigm of modernism is translated into these plays. Although it is not exactly a theory, modernism functions as one. It is a writing paradigm with which a way of seeing and comprehending what constitutes reality is constructed through the depiction of the characters' relationship with their environment. Likewise, Gao Xingjian's plays written in the early 1980s show successful acculturation of a modernist theatrical paradigm, that is, how European modernist dramatists construct their views on the human condition, into the Chinese polysystem. Transformation and “disfiguration” are necessary to the process, given that the circumstances in the Chinese target culture were widely divergent from those of the European cultures.

Keywords:   Gao Xingjian, modernism, plays, dramatists, human condition, China, polysystem, transformation, disfiguration

Hong Kong Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .