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.
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:||Journal 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|
|DOI (Digital Object Identifier):||10.1215/10679847-1717690|
|Depositing User:||Rossella Ferrari|
|Date Deposited:||05 Dec 2012 14:16|
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