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The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America: Biopolitics, Biosociality, and Posthuman Ecologies

Rachel C. Lee


This book addresses this central question: if race has been settled as a legal or social construction and not as biological fact, why do Asian American artists, authors, and performers continue to scrutinize their body parts? Engaging novels, poetry, theater, and new media from both the United States and internationally—such as Kazuo Ishiguro's science fiction novel Never Let Me Go or Ruth Ozeki's My Year of Meats and exhibits like that of Body Worlds in which many of the bodies on display originated from Chinese prisons—this book teases out the preoccupation with human fragments and posthuman ... More

Keywords: race, Asian Americans, Asian American culture, body parts, biosociality, biopolitics, Asian American criticism, medical humanities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479817719
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479817719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel C. Lee, author