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Ein Fall für die Bühne: Guo Shixings Drama "Die Vogelliebhaber" zwischen Traditionsanschluss und Globalisierung


Riemenschnitter, Andrea Hong Anrui (2010). Ein Fall für die Bühne: Guo Shixings Drama "Die Vogelliebhaber" zwischen Traditionsanschluss und Globalisierung. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 64(4):791-815.

Abstract

The Western heritage of an Asian cultural modernity is no longer reflected as a dominant trend by contemporary sinophone avantgarde playwrights. Rather, it has become a borrowed tradition to be reconciled, or renegotiated, with local theatrical forms and styles. In his play Niaoren (Bird Men, 1992), Beijing-based dramatist Guo Shixing stages the uncanny re-enactment of colonialism’s missionary zeal in the guise of an Asian-American psychoanalyst’s project of scientific human engineering in post-Dengist China. Unlike the Christian missionaries’ peer group, it does not take the urban bird lovers and amateur singers of Beijing Opera long to see through the self-deceptive manoeuvring of their would-be master. In a wildly comical counter-performance, they enact the court trial scene from a well-known traditional play, thus efficiently holding their ground against several self-appointed, alien saviours of the local soul.

Abstract

The Western heritage of an Asian cultural modernity is no longer reflected as a dominant trend by contemporary sinophone avantgarde playwrights. Rather, it has become a borrowed tradition to be reconciled, or renegotiated, with local theatrical forms and styles. In his play Niaoren (Bird Men, 1992), Beijing-based dramatist Guo Shixing stages the uncanny re-enactment of colonialism’s missionary zeal in the guise of an Asian-American psychoanalyst’s project of scientific human engineering in post-Dengist China. Unlike the Christian missionaries’ peer group, it does not take the urban bird lovers and amateur singers of Beijing Opera long to see through the self-deceptive manoeuvring of their would-be master. In a wildly comical counter-performance, they enact the court trial scene from a well-known traditional play, thus efficiently holding their ground against several self-appointed, alien saviours of the local soul.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 64 (2010) > 4
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
290 Other religions
180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
Language:German
Date:2010
Deposited On:18 Jan 2011 08:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2017 18:27
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Related URLs:http://www.sagw.ch/de/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html (Publisher)
http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vID=86850&vLang=D&vHR=1&vUR=4&vUUR=11 (Publisher)

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