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“As if I was already only a machine”: Posthumanism and the politics of techno-desire and fantasy in Ken Liu’s ‘Good Hunting’

Drawing on Deepika Bahri’s notion of the “reincarnative politics” of the so-called civilising mission of imperial colonialism, I will explore the redemptive anti-capital narrative in the evolution of the sexualised machine-woman from the hulijing, a fox-woman animal spirit, in Ken Liu’s acclaimed short story ‘Good Hunting.’ Yan, the hulijing, becomes trapped in her human body …

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‘Thresholds of Becoming’: the Hybrid Body in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction

This paper explores the work of what has been called the ‘Torn Generation’ of contemporary Chinese science fiction authors, through the lens of Jerome Jeffrey Cohen’s ‘Monster Theory’ (1997) and the figure of the cyborg. Monsters, argues Cohen, are good to think with, because they are ‘cultural bodies’, and because they escape from categories; existing …

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Embodying the Neoliberal Hybridity: Migrant Workers and the Female Cyborg in Chen Qiufan’s The Waste Tide

This paper will engage with Chinese science fiction (sf) writer Chen Qiufan’s (b.1981) award-winning novel The Waste Tide (2013) regarding the embodiment in the protagonist Mimi of China’s neoliberal social and cultural shifts since the 1990s. While witnessing a wide array of market-driven and neoliberal policies brought forward by the nation-wide privatisation, Chinese people are …