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New Narrative Strategies

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Alarm Signal, The Bus Stop and Wild Man, written by Gao Xingjian in the years 1982-1985, heralded changes in the history of modern Chinese drama, and were held in high esteem by several professional critics as well as average theatre-goers. Gao Xingjian's playwright suggested that one should avoid the temptations of dogmatism which make us perceive prose as something which serves to create images of public life and individual portraits. Gao Xingjian's prose, which oft en gravitates towards the dramatic form, and his plays, which often approach narrative prose, are endowed with numerous features of collage. The considerations presented in this chapter shed new light on the author/ audience relationship. The author, in our incessantly changing reality, is expected to be able to grasp the ephemeral psychological reactions of man against the world that surrounds him.

Keywords: Alarm Signal; Chinese theatre; Gao Xingjian; narrative prose; The Bus Stop; Wild Man

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