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University of Melbourne

1. Sun, Mengtian. Global SF in the twenty-first century: modernity and the other in Chinese and Anglophone SF.

Degree: 2019, University of Melbourne

The twenty-first century has witnessed the rapid rise of non-Anglo-American science fiction. In this comparative study, I examine the ways Chinese science fiction is transforming the global field. I read Chen Qiufan alongside Paolo Bacigalupi, Xia Jia alongside Dan Simmons, and Liu Cixin alongside Arthur C. Clarke. By focusing on global science fiction’s generic innovations and thematic concerns, I show that this new generation of writers captures the new developments and problems of contemporary modernity, such as the rise of transnational corporations, the forming of a centerless “Empire,” ecological devastation and the cycles of e-waste, Islamophobia and xenophobia, among others. In taking up these thematic concerns, these writers not only reconfigure science fiction’s relation to modernity, but they also emphasize a dimension of the rhetoric of modernity that had previously remained implicit: these texts stage, in different ways, the encounter with the Other. I argue that new generic transformations in contemporary global SF serve to reveal the hidden faces of modernity, to think about modernity in relation to tradition and the past, to dismantle old myths surrounding the discourse of modernity.

Subjects/Keywords: science fiction; comparative study; Liu Cixin; Chen Qiufan; Paolo Bacigalupi; Arthur C. Clarke; Xia Jia; Dan Simmons; modernity; empire; capitalism; global science fiction; ecological criticism; e-waste; the other; alien; cyborg; globalization; Santi; Three Body Problem; The Waste Tide; The Windup Girl; Ilium; Olympos

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APA (6th Edition):

Sun, M. (2019). Global SF in the twenty-first century: modernity and the other in Chinese and Anglophone SF. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Melbourne. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11343/227798

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Sun, Mengtian. “Global SF in the twenty-first century: modernity and the other in Chinese and Anglophone SF.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Melbourne. Accessed November 25, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/11343/227798.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Sun, Mengtian. “Global SF in the twenty-first century: modernity and the other in Chinese and Anglophone SF.” 2019. Web. 25 Nov 2020.

Vancouver:

Sun M. Global SF in the twenty-first century: modernity and the other in Chinese and Anglophone SF. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Melbourne; 2019. [cited 2020 Nov 25]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/227798.

Council of Science Editors:

Sun M. Global SF in the twenty-first century: modernity and the other in Chinese and Anglophone SF. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Melbourne; 2019. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/227798

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