Ari Larissa Heinrich teaches in the Literature Department at UCSD. His translation of Qiu Miaojin’s Last Words from Montmartre was published by New York Review Books in 2015. His forthcoming book, Chinese Surplus: Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body, explores how human bodies acquire commodity value in the age of biotech — from the point of view of art. It traces the alternate history of Frankenstein in China; analyzes experimental art installations made with human body parts; dissects films that use organ transplant as metaphor; and compares worldwide reception of controversial plastinated human cadaver exhibits. Chinese Surplus will be published by Duke University Press in 2018.
Consider the Crocodile: Qiu Miaojin’s Lesbian Bestiary
Ari Larissa Heinrich explores the political moment and enduring legacy of Qiu Miaojin’s “Notes of a Crocodile.”...