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《Literatures in Chinese》 2017-06
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The Semantic Bifurcation and Creative Drive of Foucault 's Heterotopia in the Chinese-language World, and Theoretical Reflections on Them

Xiao Weijing;  
Since Foucault's idea of heterotopia was introduced to China, it has been repeatedly used in various fields, showing its enormous power of explication, which can be divided into five semantic bifurcations, such as mutual imagination between different countries and cultures, the writing of specific regions and historical spaces, the explication of the sub-cultures of youth and the imaginary world, its use in the critical area of sci-fi fiction and in architectural theory and other cultures. Through the explication of heterotopia in Les Mots et les choses and Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias by Foucault, one can find the fuzziness and extensiveness of the definition in the source of his theory while realistic needs and the semantic foundation associated with utopia and dystopia are also an important reason for its influence. One of the most important characteristics of heterotopia is difference and otherness, as well as criticalness of being‘against the normal world'. However, it is worth reflecting that, in the age of globalized economy, and with the overflowing of heterotopia, the oppositional nature of difference has been thrown into doubt and is even likely to become an object of being incorporated by capital as clearly evidenced in advertising and commercial promotions.
【CateGory Index】: I06
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