I Love XXX

and Other Plays

Edited by Claire Conceison
Translated by
₹950.00 $45.00
Since premiering his pioneering linguistic experiment I Love XXX in Beijing nearly twenty-five years ago, Meng Jinghui has been credited with revitalizing Chinese theater by popularizing the avant-garde. Mixing high culture with mass culture, his plays address China’s enduring revolutionary nostalgia and current social problems, challenging the artistic status quo from the mainstream rather than the margins. His creations range from new interpretations of canonical Western masters like Shakespeare and Genet to improvisational collaborations with actors on original works. This anthology from China’s most influential theater creator makes his plays available to an international readership in English for the first time. The collection, chosen by Meng and Chinese theater scholar and translator Claire Conceison, represents the breadth of Meng’s work and illuminates late twentieth- and twenty-first-century creative practices that transcend the conventional category of playwright. I Love XXX includes the title piece, Longing for Worldly Pleasures, The Bedbug, Head Without Tail, and Two Dogs’ Opinions on Life, as well as a DVD featuring selected scenes from each of the plays.
 
“[A]lthough Meng has developed a brand of theater difficult to render in textual translation, Conceison truly succeeds in providing her English-reading audience with an experience that brings Meng Jinghui’s oeuvre to life.”—John B. Weinstein, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (Read the full review)
ISBN: 9780857423849
Pages: 364; 60 halftones, 1 DVD
Publication Year: August 2017
Rights: UCP
Format: Paperback
Size: 6" x 7.5"
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