"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 theater in the People s Republic of China since 1976. Drawing on a range of critical perspectives in the fields of comparative literature, theater, 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 theater, who is now one of Asia s foremost theater 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."
Pop Goes the Avant-Garde
Experimental Theater in Contemporary China