ABSTRACT

Internet literature, a large industry with millions of readers, has exerted a significant impact on contemporary Chinese culture, challenged all aspects of print literature and the authority of elite writers and cultural intellectuals, changed the ways of dissemination and interactions, and provided more people opportunities for popular participation. This article discusses Internet literature’s postmodernist literary traits via a close reading of time-travel fiction and analysis of its dialogic interaction, intertextuality, and linguistic collage. While seeing it as a form of historical fan fiction, this article argues that Internet literature uses cyberspace for historical reimagining/re-emplotting as well as for self-empowerment on the part of its writers. The article includes interviews with two online writers regarding their online writing experiences and their perspectives on Internet literature.

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