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The Avant-Garde is Dead, Long Live the (Pop) Avant-Garde! Critical Reconfigurations in Contemporary Chinese Theatre

Ferrari, Rossella (2012) 'The Avant-Garde is Dead, Long Live the (Pop) Avant-Garde! Critical Reconfigurations in Contemporary Chinese Theatre.' positions: asia critique, 20 (4). pp. 1127-1157.

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Abstract

The article examines the trope of the “death of the avant-garde” in the context of contemporary Chinese theatre. It addresses comparable “death discourses” such as the so-called theatre crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s and critiques of “pseudo avant-gardism” that have been formulated with respect to the recent praxis of established experimentalists such as Beijing-based director and dramatist Meng Jinghui. The article argues that the Chinese avant-garde is not dead; it has, rather, evolved into a distinctive “pop avant-garde” mode that more aptly reflects and responds to the condition of Chinese society in times of market economy and cultural commoditization.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: Chinese theatre; avant-garde; pop avant-garde; Meng Jinghui
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
ISSN: 15278271
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1215/10679847-1717690
Depositing User: Rossella Ferrari
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 14:16
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/10346

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