Not a Utopia: Science Fiction, Transmedia Storytelling, and Imagined Socialism in Cold War China


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants




This project looks at the discourses and narratives of science and technology in PRC via the lens of media and cultural studies. Salvaging long ignored primary sources of imported and domestic science fiction in different media forms, including printed popular literature, radio drama, film, and TV drama, this project, with transmedia storytelling of science fiction as the central axis, explores the intricate relation between mass culture and state ideology of China during the Cold War era. Considering science fiction as the meeting point of science and literature, of state ideology and consumer culture, and of competing foreign cultural influences, this project activates science fiction as a productive space to rethink the interaction between the state and popular culture.