MCLC and MCLC Resource Center are pleased to announce publication of Todd J. Coulter’s review of Gao Xingjian’s Post-Exile Plays: Transnationalism and Postdramatic Theatre (Bloomsbury Metheun Drama, 2015), by Mary Mazzilli. The review appears below, but is best read at its online home here:
My thanks to Nicholas Kaldis, MCLC literary studies book review editor, for ushering the review to publication.
Kirk Denton, MCLC editor
Gao Xingjian’s Post-Exile Plays:
Transnationalism and Postdramatic Theatre
By Mary Mazzilli
Reviewed by Todd J. Coulter
MCLC Resource Center Publication (Copyright April, 2016)
Not far into her new book, Gao Xingjian’s Post-Exile Plays: Transnationalism and Postdramatic Theatre, Mary Mazzilli laments the lack of attention, outside of certain narrow circles, to Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian. Why do more people not know about this playwright, author, painter, and filmmaker, she wonders? Although Mazzilli does not mobilize the entirety of Gao’s varied artistic oeuvre in making her case, the mere publication of her book serves as an important step in bringing Gao to a wider audience. In a book market that seems to be moving further away from relatively obscure topics like Gao, this is a significant achievement.
The book offers in-depth analyses of Gao’s plays written since his self-imposed exile in France in 1987. Although others (myself included) have taken up similar topics, Mazzilli brings Gao’s work into the conversations surrounding narrative and drama today. In short, the book is comprised of deep readings of Gao’s post-exile plays through the framework of Elinor Fuchs’The Death of Character and Hans-Thies Lehmann’s Postdramatic Theatre. Continue reading