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Historical Reality, Fictional Narrative

China in the Frame of Gao Xingjian’s Theatre
Quah Sy Ren


With reference to Erving Goffman’s notion of “frame analysis” and Colin Counsell’s “framing signifiers,” this article explores how Gao Xingjian, the first Chinese-language Nobel laureate for literature, has represented the reality of contemporary China in his dramatic works. Focusing on two scenes in one of Gao’s early plays, The Other Shore, it aims to illustrate the way Gao uses the narrative technique of framing to inversely (un/re)frame the notions of China and Chineseness.

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Quah Sy Ren, « Historical Reality, Fictional Narrative », China Perspectives [Online], 2010/2 | 2010, Online since 01 June 2013, connection on 21 September 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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