Dionysus on the other shore : Gao Xingjian's theatre of the tragic

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Full title: Dionysus on the other shore : Gao Xingjian's theatre of the tragic / by Letizia Fusini.
Main author: Fusini, Letizia, (Author)
Format: Book           


Physical Description: 243 pages ; 25 cm
Summary: "In Dionysus on the Other Shore Letizia Fusini argues that throughout his early exile years (late 80s-90s), Gao Xingjian gradually moved away from Absurdist Drama to develop a dramaturgical system with tragic characteristics. Drawing on a range of contemporary theories of tragedy, this book reconfigures some of the key tropes of Gao's post-1987 theater as varied articulations of the Dionysian sparagmos mechanism. They are the dismemberment of the dramatic self, the usage of constricted spaces, the divisive nature of gender relations, and the agony of verbal language. Through a text-based analysis of seven plays, the author ultimately aims to show that in Gao's theater, tragedy is an ongoing and mostly subtextual dynamism generated by an interplay of psychic forces concurrently cohesive and divisive"--