Book ID: CBB709158853

Found in Translation: "New People" in Twentieth-Century Chinese Science Fiction (2021)


Jiang, Jing (Author)

Association for Asian Studies

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 144
Language: English

What will the world look like in the future? How do people think and act in that future world? What constitutes the allures or hidden dangers of being modern? These are questions science fiction is uniquely equipped to entertain as a genre, a genre that took on a seriousness and significance in twentieth century China rarely seen in other parts of the world. While marginalized in standard literary history, science fiction was the privileged literary form originally, and repeatedly, entrusted with the modernization of the Chinese mind for the sake of nation-building. Since its introduction into China via translation at the beginning of the twentieth century as a type of new fiction bearing the badge of universal modernity, science fiction in China had always been associated with aspirations for membership in the modern world first and foremost, and in world literature secondarily. Found in Translation investigates Chinese science fiction as a phenomenon of world literature, or a product of transculturation. Through exploring the multiple “textual pathways” as well as “conceptual and thematic networks” that exist between translations and creations during the two boom periods and beyond, the book highlights the ways in which science fiction intervened in critical debates on nationalism, realism, humanism, and environmentalism in twentieth century China.

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Authors & Contributors
Feigenbaum, Evan A.
Beyler, Richard H.
Pugliese, Stanislao
Pickford, Susan
Martin, Alison E.
Li, Guannan
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Science in Context
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Stanford University Press
Fordham University Press
Petra Books
Oxford University Press
Ohio University Press
Science and literature
Science fiction
Science and politics
Forman, Paul
Levi, Primo
Gaskell, Elizabeth
Vandermeer, Jeff
Bear, Gregory Dale
Robinson, Kim Stanley
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
18th century
21st century
Great Britain
United States
West Germany

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