Styles of Truth in Gao Xingjian's Soul Mountain

31 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2009

Date Written: August 19, 2009


China's Gao Xingjian, now a French citizen, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. In the official announcement Gao's 'great novel' Soul Mountain was singled out for special praise. This essay draws on the work of Austrian-American political theorist Eric Voegelin's work to argue that Soul Mountain is best understood as a miniature of China's experience with and symbolic expression of various 'styles of truth' in its long and complex history of establishing and losing social and political order.

Keywords: Gao Xingjian, China, Eric Voegelin, Styles of Truth, Soul Mountain

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Hoye, Timothy, Styles of Truth in Gao Xingjian's Soul Mountain (August 19, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Timothy Hoye (Contact Author)

Texas Woman's University ( email )

Denton, TX
United States

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