Reviews 535 Pursuing this biopolitical paradigm further — and further refining accounts of its applicability to different media and categories of life — might yield invaluable answers to other questions. For example, how does the conceptual content of the term “biopolitics” change when the object of analysis shifts from a literary or visual representation of bodies to, say, the actual performance of a human body? If, as Lu proposes, biopolitics encompasses the techniques of governing and tactics of enacting not just bodily life but also “the psyche” and “libidinal economies,” what exactly constitutes the bios of desires and ae ff cts, and what differentiates the biopolitics of the body from that of the mind? Lu’s capacious engagement with diverse cultural forms and practices fruitfully broadens the horizon of biopolitical criticism, permitting us to chart these new lines of inquiry for China and beyond. Belinda Kong Belinda Kong is an associate professor of Asian studies and English at Bowdoin College with research specialization in transnational Asian American literature and Chinese diaspora fiction. Refe ReNces Anagnost, Ann S. 2011. “Strange Circulations.” In Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death, edited by Patricia Ticineto Clough and Craig Willse, pp.
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 30, 2014