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Gao Xingjian's Theatre of the Tragic
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In Dionysus on the Other Shore, Letizia Fusini argues that throughout his early exile years (late 1980s-1990s), 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.
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Taiwan’s quest for identity and international recognition has been the most important and fiercely contested issue for nearly half century, both nationally and internationally. Imagining Taiwan is the first in-depth and comprehensive study, published in English, which critically explores the pivotal role played by the visual arts in Taiwan’s identity discourse. Drawing on 25 years of research, Sophie McIntyre analyses the ways in which identity narratives have been imagined, interpreted and transmitted, locally and globally, through the production, selection, display and reception of Taiwan art.
This book focuses on the post-martial law era, a transformative period when democratisation gave rise to a heightened sense of Taiwanese consciousness, and a growing awareness of Taiwan’s place in the world. Artists, curators, art critics and scholars in Taiwan actively engaged in identity issues in unique, and often subversive ways. The author reveals how, with the turn of the new millennium, identity discourses in the visual arts shifted, from a Taiwan-centred narrative into a transnational vision embracing local, regional and global perspectives.
Imagining Taiwan brings together primary and archival sources, and nearly 200 images, many published for the first time. It is an essential reference for specialists and students in art, curatorship, museums, and Taiwan and China studies, and it will also appeal to those seeking a greater understanding of the wider region.
Presence of the Body provides an interdisciplinary forum for the dialogue between theory and practice about the impact of the body on human awareness in the fields of art, writing, meditative practice, and performance. This dialogue benefits from the neuro-systematic integration of “embodied” knowledge in the cognitive sciences, but it also suggests creative and transformative dynamics of embodiment which, beyond conceptualisation, emerge in sophisticated acts of writing, performing and meditating.
Exploring the presence and experience character of the body-awareness relationship, a double perspective beyond cognitive fixations is suggested: 1) a body-centred touch of the world which inspires life as a creative ‘writing’ process, and 2) in line with Buddhist thought, an empty space of ‘pure presence’ from which all conscious processes originate.
Chinese Contemporary Art in the Post-Mao Era
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Between State and Market: Chinese Contemporary Art in the Post-Mao Era examines the shift in the system of support for contemporary art in China between 1979 and 1993, from state patronage to the introduction of the market, and the hybrid space that developed in between. Today, soaring prices for contemporary art have triggered a debate about the deleterious effect of the market on art. Yet Jane DeBevoise argues that, in the post-Mao period, the imaginary of the marketplace was liberating, offering artists an alternative framework of legitimacy and support. Based on primary research, DeBevoise explores the entangled role of the state and the market, and how experimental artists and their champions in China negotiated to find a creative space between the two systems to produce and promote their work.
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Modern Asian Art and Visual Culture is an academic series devoted to the visual culture of Asia of the modern period, spanning roughly from the mid-1850s up to the present day. It includes monographs and edited volumes on art and architecture; art history; art worlds and markets; visual materials related to propaganda; religion and art and also extends to the performing arts, cinema and media studies. It also actively seeks interdisciplinary or theoretical approaches to religion, literature, and the social sciences as well as projects that address modern Asian art and visual culture from a comparative or interregional perspective.

(continuation of Studies in South Asian Culture)
In Asia the visual arts have been an important part of life since earliest times and have reached the highest level achieved by mankind.Owing to trade and to diffusion of religions and philosophical systems mutual influence between the various artistic traditions of Asia has been strong. Today no topic of Asian art history can be studied in isolation.
Archaeology, including the study of prehistoric and early historical artifacts, is naturally related to art history. Rapidly expanding field work in Asia adds to our knowledge of early life in Asia every day.
The Studies in Asian Art and Archaeology, founded in 1969 as Studies in South Asian Culture, are concerned with the archaeology and with traditional visual art; both movable objects and architecture of South, South East East and Central Asia.
The series includes monographs on substantial subjects, thematic collections of articles, handbooks, text editions, and translations.
The Volumes contribute to scholarly research and reflect current scholarly, technical and methodological standards.Their accessibility is enhanced by a proper organization of the contents and, wherever appropriate, by indexes. They include introductions placing the subjects in the context of pertinent developments of the time, and of current research.Text editions normally accompanied by a translation on facing pages; translations are fully annotated; The introductions to both text editions and translations include full evaluations of the text concerned.
The Volumes are in English, occasionally in German or French.