Ari Heinrich

Jul 10, 2018

Chinese Surplus

Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body

Duke University Press 2018

purchase at Ari Larissa Heinrich’s new book, Chinese Surplus: Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body (Duke University Press, 2018), is a fascinating study of representations of the Chinese body in the context of biotechnology. How are bodies reproduced, broken apart, and circulated? And how do the representations of these processes help us understand transnational biopolitics? Heinrich takes up these questions and others in this pathbreaking work, one that will change how readers think about the body in contemporary art and media.
Natasha Heller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. You can find her on Twitter @nheller or email her at

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