Chinese bodies, Chinese futures

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Why did the coolie's body speak so forcefully to nineteenth-century America of its future? And how did that body's loquacious, obscene ventriloquism shape the imaginary scaffolding of America's utopias, its science fictions? This essay answers those questions by reading Arthur Vinton's Looking Further Backward (1890), one of the first American novels to imagine a Chinese military invasion of the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-129
Number of pages31
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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