December 6th, 2012

Onstage and Off: Space, Text, and Performance in Chinese Literature

“Onstage and Off: Space, Text, and Performance in Chinese Literature”

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
8:30 to 5:00 pm.
West Hall, First Floor Main Conference Room
Tempe Campus

An international conference featuring keynote speakers: Tseng Yong-yih, Professor of Chinese, National Taiwan University, New World University, and Oh Sukyung, Professor of Chinese, Hanyang University, plus twelve other speakers from across the world.

This conference investigates the dynamic interactions between space, text and performance in Chinese literature, past and present. We would like to investigate the concept of performance by examining performativity of text and textuality of performance. How does text recreate performance through spatial configurations and formal devices of mise-en-scène? Conversely, how does performance shape text through conceptual venues such as audience expectations and role-playing? It is also the aim of this conference to go beyond such dyadic relationships to highlight the role of space in the intricate network of textual production and consumption. How is textual space enlarged or diminished in terms of replicating performance? Or how does performance intrude into text to produce an amorphous space that finds its articulation in reader’s expectations—that is, what do audiences of performance literature expect to find in the texts of those performances? Does that space also expand across genres, opening up heretofore generically closed space to other forms of reader expectations (i.e., hidden genres of literature, perceivable only to the initiated)? Space, text, and performance work together to illuminate a field in constant flux where the dispositions of the reader, the audience, and the producer of the texts converge. By addressing these issues, it is our hope to explore alternative directions beyond the generic demarcations between performance texts and other forms of literature.

The languages of the conference are Chinese and English, with papers and commentary given in either language.

This event is co-sponsored by: International Letters and Cultures, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Arizona State University Confucius Institute