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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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Soul Mountain 1982–1990: From Modernism to Eclecticism

Soul Mountain 1982–1990: From Modernism to Eclecticism

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Ink Dances in Limbo

Jessica Yeung

Hong Kong University Press

The novel Lingshan, translated into English as Soul Mountain by Mabel Lee, represents the most important turning point in Gao Xingjian's writing career. There are two reasons to support this claim. First, after the success of his translation project of modernism, Gao departs from high Modernism and makes an attempt at translating the postmodernist writing paradigm in this novel. Second, it is with this novel that Gao receives recognition from the “West” and a pathway is open for his works to enter the canon of “world literature.” According to Gao, it was in 1982 that the idea of the novel was conceived and he started working on it. Therefore a contextual analysis on this novel needs to consider not only the circumstances of its publication, but also those of its conception and development.

Keywords:   Lingshan, Soul Mountain, Gao Xingjian, modernism, West, world literature

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