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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 46–66.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Frederike Schneider-Vielsäcker Abstract This article examines sociopolitical commentary in contemporary Chinese science fiction literature written by authors of the post-1980s generation. With a close reading of Hao Jingfang's 郝景芳 “Beijing zhedie” 北京折疊 (Folding Beijing, 2014) and Chen Qiufan's 陳楸帆...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 210–234.
Published: 01 March 2021
... individualism, represented by the Hollywood science fiction model, to inclusive planetarianism. However, the film's persuasiveness is significantly limited by the double-layered restraint imposed on it by the state and the market. This article traces the turn and the restraint to their historical sources...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 285–288.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., and ultimately unsustainable. For Andolfatto, quoting Darko Suvin's Metamorphoses of Science Fiction , utopia is “the verbal construction of a particular quasi-human community where sociopolitical institutions, norms, and individual relationships are organized according to a more perfect principle than...
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Prism (2022) 19 (2): 491–508.
Published: 01 September 2022
..., and pointed out an irony: “In a certain way, I'm in a privileged position; [yet] if you mention my name in the Philippines, no one knows me. But in the science fiction or fantasy genre in the mainstream publishing industry, I'm usually known either as a blogger, reviewer, or interviewer.” 4 Who...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 189–195.
Published: 01 December 2022
... of Difference . Oxford : Blackwell , 1996 . Harvey, David . The Limits to Capital . London : Verso 1999 . Healey, Cara . “ Estranging Realism in Chinese Science Fiction: Hybridity and Environmentalism in Chen Qiufan's The Waste Tide .” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 29 , no. 2...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 136–156.
Published: 01 March 2019
... creativity—have turned into one nightmare after another. When the dreamland proves to be a facade for the wasteland, utopia betrays its dystopian nature. The fin-de-siècle boom of science fiction appeared as an uncanny recapitulation of the science fiction fever at the beginning of the modern century...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 1–5.
Published: 01 March 2022
... of a “spectral chronotope,” she reframes haunted narratives as vessels for collective memory. Frederike Schneider-Vielsäcker's contribution, “Spatiotemporal Explorations: Narrating Social Inequalities in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction,” analyzes the fantastic space-time of contemporary Chinese science...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 86–101.
Published: 01 March 2022
... and contemporary science fiction from this angle and emphasized the genre's propensity for what she calls “impossible topologies” that can be “layered” as distinct levels in the text or may “collapse” into the same diegetic space-time. 2 While Gomel's fascinating study deals exclusively with sci-fi, I argue...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): vii–viii.
Published: 01 December 2022
... wrote papers that engaged theories of critical ecology to consider contemporary environmental issues in the East and West. Hailing from departments ranging from Asian studies, economics, earth science, anthropology, Modern Thought and Literature, and comparative literature, the students were excited...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 164–180.
Published: 01 December 2022
... recent Space X project to build “a self-sustaining city on Mars.” 1 Such fantasies, be it in aerospace projects or in science fiction, are an illusionary endeavor to evade intractable malaises of Earth. The faith in a new frontier through advanced technologies turns a blind eye to the dire...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 151–163.
Published: 01 December 2022
... novella Folding Beijing received a Hugo Award for science fiction in 2016. Unlike Liu, Hao addresses the more intimate realm of the human body and psyche enmeshed with the networks of digital economy, bioengineering, and AI. As a child Hao aspired to be a scientist, and in high school she received...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 26–53.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., extraterrestrial space and the human world. Significantly different from the depictions of the universe with anxiety that emerged as a new theme in late Qing science fiction and discourses, 60 the classical poetic genre prescribes a particular way of seeing and imagining the world, constantly imagining the self...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 221–235.
Published: 01 October 2019
... . Bloomington : Indiana University Press , 1987 . Li Oufan 李歐梵 . Tiewu zhong de nahan 鐵屋中的吶喊 [ Voices from the Iron House ], translated by Yi Huimin 尹慧珉 . Hong Kong : Sanlian , 1991 . Liu, Ken . “ The ‘Heroic Translators' Who Reinvented Classic Science Fiction in China .” Gizmodo , April...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 197–199.
Published: 01 December 2022
... rationality, 5, 10, 14, 20, 22, 28, 35–36, 38–39, 44, 52, 63, 97, 122, 173, 181, 185–86 Regenerated Bricks (Han), 13, 119–20, 133 rending shengtian, 11 romanticism, 3, 10, 14, 29, 36, 57, 185 Ruskin, John, 121 Schwartz, Benjamin, 26 science fiction, vii, 13, 49, 152–53, 164...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 1–15.
Published: 01 December 2022
.... In contrast, the documentary films address degraded labor and ravaged nature, registering dystopic realities of industrial wastelands and scenes of alienated and reified labor. Chapters 7–10 form a cluster on Chinese science fiction in the twenty-first century. Focusing on the rise of the technoscientific...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 35–54.
Published: 01 December 2022
... Tales Retold , 30. 54 Vint, Science Fiction , 23. 55 Lu Xun, Lu Xun quanji , 2:378; Yang and Yang, Old Tales Retold , 40. 56 Lu Xun, Lu Xun quanji , 2:380; Yang and Yang, Old Tales Retold , 42. In the essay “Moluo shili shuo” 摩羅詩力說 (On the Power of Mara Poetry), Lu Xun...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 244–263.
Published: 01 October 2020
...), this article shows how allusions to nature (especially plants and trees) help shape the collective imaginary and provide a self-reflexive space for writers to articulate the colonial identity and experience. Even though Jameson's primary focus is on science fiction, which offers opportunities to explore...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... (1948–) writes philosophically eclectic eco-fiction that reveals fault lines in rights discourses that abstract “nature,” “indigeneity,” and “ethnicity.” Instead he highlights the violence inherent in what philosopher Timothy Morton calls agrilogistics . Finally, Beijing political science professor...
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Prism (2022) 19 (2): 374–393.
Published: 01 September 2022
... Quarterly 微型小說季刊. 15 The decade witnessed greater genre variation in flash, including science fiction and postmodernist play with the boundaries of what counts as narrative in such a compact form. Since this flourishing occurred before the Internet was a widespread forum for literary output...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 104–126.
Published: 01 March 2020
... . Recentering Globalization: Popular Culture and Japanese Transnationalism . Durham, NC : Duke University Press , 2002 . Jenkins, Henry . “ ‘Strangers No More, We Sing’: Filking and the Social Construction of the Science Fiction Fan Community. ” In The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media...