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Author Fokkema, Douwe, author.

Title Perfect worlds : utopian fiction in China and the West / Douwe Fokkema.

Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, ©2011.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (448 pages) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR Open Access
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chinese Occidentalism: The Nostalgia for a Utopian Past Gives Way to the Idea of Progress: H.G. Wells and the Modern Utopia -- Dystopian Fiction in the Soviet Union, Proletkult, and Socialist-Realist Utopianism -- Mao Zedong's Utopian Thought and the Post-Mao Imaginative Response -- Utopias, Dystopias, and Their Hybrid Variants in Europe and America since World War I -- Concluding Observations.
Summary Perfect Worlds offers an extensive historical analysis of utopian narratives in the Chinese and Euro-American traditions. This comparative study discusses, among other things, More's criticism of Plato, the European orientalist search for utopia in China, Wells's Modern Utopia and his talk with Stalin, Chinese writers constructing their Confucianist utopia, traces of Daoism in Mao Zedong's utopianism and politics and finally the rise of dystopian writing - a negative expression of the utopian impulse - in Europe and America as well as in China.
Language notes English.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Utopias in literature -- History and criticism.
Chinese fiction -- History and criticism.
Comparative literature -- Western and Chinese.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9789048514861 (electronic bk.)
904851486X (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 9786613334473