Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics

by Mabel Lee and Liu Jianmei

About Mabel Lee

Mabel Lee, PhD, FAHA, is currently an adjunct professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney where she taught twentieth-century Chinese history and literature, 1966–2000. In the period 1995-2000 her courses included the study of the writer Gao Xingjian who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. She has published numerous essays about Gao Xingjian, as well as translating English editions of his works: two novels Soul Mountain (2000) and One Man’s Bible (2002), a short-story collection Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather (2004), and two collections of criticism The Case for Literature (2006/2007) and Gao Xingjian’s own eponymous book Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation (2012). An honorary professor for a number of years at the Open University of Hong Kong, Dr. Lee was recently appointed a distinguished professor in their major research project titled “Chinese Culture in the Global Context.”

About Liu Jianmei

Liu Jianmei is Professor of Chinese Literature at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She holds a PhD from Columbia University, an MA from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA from Beijing University. She is the author of a number of Chinese-language academic and literary publications, and her English academic books include the following: Zhuangzi and Modern Chinese Literature (2016), Revolution Plus Love: Literary History, Women's Bodies, and Thematic Repetition in Twentieth-Century Chinese Fiction (2003), and coeditor (with Ann Huss) of The Jin Yong Phenomenon: Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and Modern Chinese Literary History (2007).


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