Chinese Science Fiction during the Post-Mao Cultural Thaw

By Hua Li

© 2021

The late 1970s to the mid-1980s, a period commonly referred to as the post-Mao cultural thaw, was a key transitional phase in the evolution of Chinese science fiction. This period served as a bridge between science-popularization science fiction of the 1950s and 1960s and New Wave Chinese science fiction from the 1990s into the twenty-first century. Chinese Science Fiction during the Post-Mao Cultural Thaw surveys the field of Chinese science fiction and its multimedia practice, analysing and assessing science fiction works by well-known writers such as Ye Yonglie, Zheng Wenguang, Tong Enzheng, and Xiao Jianheng, as well as the often-overlooked tech-science fiction writers of the post-Mao thaw.

Exploring the socio-political and cultural dynamics of science-related Chinese literature during this period, Hua Li combines close readings of original Chinese literary texts with literary analysis informed by scholarship on science fiction as a genre, Chinese literary history, and media studies. Li argues that this post-Mao thaw science fiction began its rise as a type of government-backed literature, and yet often stirred up controversy and pushback as a contentious and boundary-breaking genre. Topically structured and interdisciplinary in scope, Chinese Science Fiction during the Post-Mao Cultural Thaw will appeal both to scholars and fans of science fiction.

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  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 14
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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This is the first book in English to focus on the transitional period of Chinese science fiction – a key prelude to the increasingly global stature of Chinese science fiction in the twenty-first century.

Chinese Science Fiction during the Post-Mao Cultural Thaw

By Hua Li

© 2021

The late 1970s to the mid-1980s, a period commonly referred to as the post-Mao cultural thaw, was a key transitional phase in the evolution of Chinese science fiction. This period served as a bridge between science-popularization science fiction of the 1950s and 1960s and New Wave Chinese science fiction from the 1990s into the twenty-first century. Chinese Science Fiction during the Post-Mao Cultural Thaw surveys the field of Chinese science fiction and its multimedia practice, analysing and assessing science fiction works by well-known writers such as Ye Yonglie, Zheng Wenguang, Tong Enzheng, and Xiao Jianheng, as well as the often-overlooked tech-science fiction writers of the post-Mao thaw.

Exploring the socio-political and cultural dynamics of science-related Chinese literature during this period, Hua Li combines close readings of original Chinese literary texts with literary analysis informed by scholarship on science fiction as a genre, Chinese literary history, and media studies. Li argues that this post-Mao thaw science fiction began its rise as a type of government-backed literature, and yet often stirred up controversy and pushback as a contentious and boundary-breaking genre. Topically structured and interdisciplinary in scope, Chinese Science Fiction during the Post-Mao Cultural Thaw will appeal both to scholars and fans of science fiction.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 14
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Hua Li is an associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at Montana State University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    1. The Field of Chinese Science Fiction, 1976–1983

    2. A Study of Zheng Wenguang’s Mars Series

    3. A Scientific Holmes in Post-Mao China: Ye Yonglie and His Science Fiction Thrillers

    4. Tong Enzheng and the Motif of Alien Invasions

    5. Posthuman Conditions in Xiao Jianheng’s Science Fiction Narratives

    6. Tech-Science Fiction and the Four Modernizations

    7. Fledgling Media Convergence: PRC Science Fiction from Print to Electronic Media

    8. Blooming, Contending, and Boundary-Breaking in a Genre of Government-Backed Literature

    Endnotes

    Bibliography

    Chinese Character Glossary

    Index

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