SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Between Tradition and Innovation: the (Re)Invention of Tragedy in Early Republican China

Dr Letizia Fusini (SOAS Post-doctoral Research Associate)

Date: 25 November 2020Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 25 November 2020Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar


This talk will analyse ways in which tragedy (beiju 悲剧) was received and reinterpreted in May Fourth China, where it was hailed as a 'progressive' ;modern' and 'civilised' literary genre. In particular, it will show how, in reality, the May Fourth reception of tragedy was informed by the rejuvenation of traditional ideas rather than the introduction of purely ‘Western’ theories.

About the speaker

Dr Letizia Fusini is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at SOAS, University of London and has taught at Goldsmiths College and the University of Essex. She is the author of Dionysus on the Other Shore: Gao Xingjian’s Theatre of the Tragic (Brill, 2020). Her writings on Chinese and Transcultural Chinese Theatre and Literature have appeared in various academic journals and edited collections, including the Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature.


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Organiser: China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, SOAS

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