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Foreign Literary Influence in Liu Cixin's Diqiu Wangshi

Peyton, William

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This thesis examines Liu Cixin's Diqiu Wangshi (The Remembrance of Earth's Past), a Chinese science fiction trilogy whose translation is unprecedently popular in the Western world. In his interviews and critical writings, Liu Cixin often explains that he is predominantly influenced by modern and contemporary Anglophone authors, including George Orwell, Arthur C. Clarke and Aldous Huxley, among others. By considering Liu's trilogy in view of such influences, this thesis breaks down the aesthetic...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorPeyton, William
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-20T05:35:19Z
dc.date.available2019-07-20T05:35:19Z
dc.identifier.otherb71495010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/164642
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines Liu Cixin's Diqiu Wangshi (The Remembrance of Earth's Past), a Chinese science fiction trilogy whose translation is unprecedently popular in the Western world. In his interviews and critical writings, Liu Cixin often explains that he is predominantly influenced by modern and contemporary Anglophone authors, including George Orwell, Arthur C. Clarke and Aldous Huxley, among others. By considering Liu's trilogy in view of such influences, this thesis breaks down the aesthetic and thematic components of Diqiu Wangshi, these being scientism, humanism, historicism and utopianism. It also considers the influence of the Chinese author Wang Meng's youth fiction Qingchun Wansui and how its idealism helps to shape the aesthetic and moral character of Liu's work. The purpose of this analysis is to account for the originality of Diqiu Wangshi, arguing that its ingenuity is found in its conscious engagement with translated fiction rather than in the literature of Chinese science fiction. The dissertation more generally aims at exploring how contemporary Chinese writers of the post-Mao period are clearly more influenced by western fiction, translated and untranslated, and universal thematic concerns than current critical approaches seem to suggest.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.titleForeign Literary Influence in Liu Cixin's Diqiu Wangshi
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.contributor.supervisorYe, Zhengdao
local.contributor.supervisorcontactu9902774@anu.edu.au
dc.date.issued2019
local.contributor.affiliationCollege of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d89f10f95900
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