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Pop Goes The Avant-Garde: Experimental Theatre in Contemporary China

Ferrari, Rossella (2012) Pop Goes The Avant-Garde: Experimental Theatre in Contemporary China. London; New York; Calcutta: Seagull Books. (Enactments)

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Abstract

Pop Goes the Avant-Garde: Experimental Theatre in Contemporary China is the first comprehensive review of the history and development of avant-garde drama and theatre in the People’s Republic of China since 1976. Drawing on a range of critical perspectives in the fields of comparative literature, theatre, performance, and culture studies, the book explores key artistic movements and phenomena that have emerged in China’s major cultural centers in the last several decades. It surveys the work of China’s most influential dramatists, directors and performance groups, with a special focus on Beijing-based playwright, director and filmmaker Meng Jinghui—the former enfant terrible of Beijing theatre, who is now one of Asia’s foremost theatre personalities. Through an extensive critique of theories of modernism and the avant-garde, the author reassesses the meanings, functions and socio-historical significance of this work in non-Western contexts by proposing a new theoretical construct—the pop avant-garde—and exploring new ways to understand and conceptualize aesthetic practices beyond Euro-American cultures and critical discourses.

Item Type: Authored Books
Keywords: Chinese experimental 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
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
ISBN: 9780857420459
Depositing User: Rossella Ferrari
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2012 12:29
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/10348

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