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334. Gao Xingjian on Literature and Theater

Friday, 4 January, 3:30–5:15 p.m., 202, Hynes

A forum

Presiding: Mabel Lee, Univ. of Sydney

Speakers: Claire Conceison, Duke Univ.; Gao Xingjian, Paris, France; Jianmei Liu, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; Thomas Moran, Middlebury Coll.; Sy Ren Quah, Nanyang Technical Univ.; Xiaoping Song, Norwich Univ.

Xiaoping Song's Annotation:
In praise of Gao Xingjian and his works for his contribution to Chinese literature and humanity:

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2000 was awarded to Gao Xingjian "for an œuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity, which has opened new paths for the Chinese novel and drama".
---------The Nobel Prize in Literature 2000

The novel called Soul Mountain (1990) stands out as one of the foremost works in twentieth-century Chinese literature….In the course of his pilgrimage to Soul Mountain, where he hopes to find the ultimate truth about the meaning of life and the human condition, the author's ego is stricken by loneliness and is forced into creating a you, a projection of itself, which, in turn, hit by the same loneliness, creates a she. The numerous he figures that make their appearance in the novel are likewise projections of the author's ego. With the help of these pronominal projections, the author manages to investigate a wide range of human relationships and their consequences for the individual.
----------Presentation Speech by Professor Göran Malmqvist of the
Swedish Academy, December 10, 2000.
(Translation of the Swedish text.)

For an abstract of Gao Xingjian's speech, write to

Session Description:

Gao Xingjian—novelist, playwright, director, artist, filmmaker, and Nobel laureate—discusses his work with a panel of experts as a prelude to a conversation with the audience. The forum sets out to explore the extent to which his creations transcend linguistic, cultural, and genre borders.


  • Asian Literatures

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