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In CHINESE SURPLUS Ari Heinrich dissects the figure of the medically or artistically commodified body in Chinese culture and popular science. Providing a history of how bodies have been thought and seen to mirror the nation, Heinrich charts the trajectory from an imperial idea of the body as a machine with interchangeable parts to current representations in which the parts are worth more than the whole and may be harvested at will--what he calls a diasporic form of the body. In seeing the body this way Heinrich makes clear his case for a new method he calls biopolitical aesthetics, one that uses the tools of literary and visual culture analysis to restore agency to aesthetics in the production of meaning in life during contemporary biopolitical times.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction. Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Chinese Body as Surplus
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Chapter 1. Chinese Whispers: Frankenstein, the Sleeping Lion, and the Emergence of a Biopolitical Aesthetics
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. Chapter 2. Souvenirs of the Organ Trade: The Diasporic Body in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Art
  2. pp. 49-82
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  1. Chapter 3. Organ Economics: Transplant, Class, and Witness from Made in Hong Kong to The Eye
  2. pp. 83-114
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  1. Chapter 4. Still Life: Recovering (Chinese) Ethnicity in the Body Worlds and Beyond
  2. pp. 115-138
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  1. Epilogue. All Rights Preserved: Intellectual Property and the Plastinated Cadaver Exhibits
  2. pp. 139-158
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 159-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-246
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822372042
Related ISBN
9780822370413
MARC Record
OCLC
1103705365
Pages
416
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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