Between Fantasy and Reality: Time-Travel Romance and Media Fandom in Chinese Cyberspace

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Date created: 
2014-05-01
Identifier: 
etd8410
Keywords: 
Web literature
Time-travel romance
Media fandom
The post-1980s generation
Virtual literary community
Abstract: 

The popularity of time-travel romance genre in Chinese cyberspace has become a phenomenon in recent years. Between Fantasy and Reality examines the most-read time-travel romance texts, fans’ participation and the affective space between the texts and their fans at Jinjiang Literature City. Going beyond traditional literary studies, this thesis analyzes fans’ interpretations, responses and discussions to reveal how much this literary practice has meant for young Chinese women on communicational, cultural and social levels. I argue that there exists a motive of utopian realism behind their daily practices. Focusing on Web-based romance reading and writing, my thesis also reveals the new trends of Chinese popular literature.

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Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Shuyu Kong
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Department of Humanities
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) Master of Arts
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