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Zhang Ailing’s Theory of Aesthetic Alienation for Novels(PDF)

《南京师范大学学报(社会科学版)》[ISSN:1006-6977/CN:61-1281/TN]

Issue:
2015年01期
Page:
121-127
Research Field:
现代文学研究
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Title:
Zhang Ailing’s Theory of Aesthetic Alienation for Novels
Author(s):
HU Ming-gui
Keywords:
Zhang Ailing “foreigners watching Peking opera” theory of novel alienation and non- alienation alienation effec
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Abstract:
Alienation and non-alienation are important aesthetic concepts proposed by Wang Guowei. Zhang Ailing drew on alienation skills in Peking opera to form her aesthetic theory of novels known as “foreigners watching Peking opera”. According to Zhang, foreigners see Peking opera from the perspective of alienation: they know little about the opera but can still enjoy it. Experts, however, see Peking opera from the perspective of non-alienation and can fully appreciate its music, vocal performance, mime, dance, acrobatics and cultural values. Zhang believed that artists should be equipped with the two perspectives; that is, they can view the world as both insiders and outsiders. Alienation and non-alienation enable artists to keep a suitable aesthetic distance between the world, works and readers. At this distance, readers can better think about life and humanity, thus achieving aesthetic effect of alienation.

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Last Update: 2015-02-28