is recognized as an outstanding avant-garde experimental playwright
from the early 1980s in China. This realist play, Absolute Signal
was received very well, because of its fresh presentation on stage.
For the first time in China, a playwright used only light and sound
effects on stage to express the thoughts and feelings of the characters.
English translation of Gao's early play and his theoretical essay on
modern Chinese drama will not only make the realist play accessible
for English-speaking readers worldwide but also reveal the early formation
of the playwright's unique theatric creativity and theory.
Versatile and prolific in writing, painting and directing, Gao Xingjian is known
mostly as the 2000 Nobel prize winner for his novel, Soul Mountain,
which has been translated into many languages and lauded for its literary
achievements. He is also known as a leading member of the "experimental
theatre" during the Chinese rejuvenation of the 1980s.
Tzuhsiu Beryl Chiu is Assistant Professor at the Graduate
Institute of Taiwan Literature and the Division Head of Chinese as
a Foreign Language education at the Center of International Affairs
and Exchange at National Chung-cheng University. She was a lecturer
in Chinese at the University of Alberta, Canada and a TA in the Department
of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia, USA, where
she obtained her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She is also the editor
of Transcultural Imaginary Subjectivity: Taiwan Postcolonial/Female
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