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Chaohua Wang and Mingwei Song
p. 3-6


The present special feature focuses on utopian/dystopian literature in contemporary China. Why publish a special feature on literary representations of the utopian/dystopian in China Perspectives, a journal that focuses on Chinese political analysis? In the first place, utopia has always been a political issue, according to Fredric Jameson; or as Douwe Fokkema claims, “[u]topian fiction is arguably the most political of all literary genres and can be studied from a literary as well as a political point of view.” Utopia, named by Thomas More in the sixteenth century and repeatedly revived, reinvented, and reprogrammed by later reformers and revolutionaries, projects an ideal vision of human society that contrasts with the unsatisfying reality, and through literary imagination translates social criticism into a political and/or technological blueprint for a better world…

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Bibliographical reference

Chaohua Wang and Mingwei Song, « Editorial », China Perspectives, 2015/1 | 2015, 3-6.

Electronic reference

Chaohua Wang and Mingwei Song, « Editorial », China Perspectives [Online], 2015/1 | 2015, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 19 June 2018. URL :

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