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Author Fokkema, Douwe, author.

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

Publication Info. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2011]


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Description 1 online resource (448 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
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.
Note Print version record.
Language English.
Subject Utopias in literature -- History and criticism.
Chinese fiction -- History and criticism.
Comparative literature -- Western and Chinese.
Literature and literary studies.
Literature: history and criticism.
Literary studies: general.
Chinese fiction. (OCoLC)fst00857362
Comparative literature -- Western and Chinese. (OCoLC)fst01734591
Utopias in literature. (OCoLC)fst01163372
Westliche Welt.
Indexed Term Multi-User.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Fokkema, Douwe Wessel, 1931- Perfect worlds. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, ©2011 9789089643506 (OCoLC)768993892
Standard No. 9786613334473
ISBN 9789048514861 (electronic bk.)
904851486X (electronic bk.)
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