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date: 15 July 2020

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This chapter examines Xiaolu Guo as a paradigmatic writer of geopolitics, biopolitics, and capitalism in contemporary Chinese Anglophone fiction. The chapter first focuses on A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers to rethink models of Anglophone writing. Against utopian conceptions of English as a privileged language of heterogeneity or hybridity, Dictionary is analyzed in terms of biocapital and geopolitics, as a narrative of the Chinese migrant’s absorption into the Anglophone publishing industry and the Anglophone empire. The chapter then analyzes UFO in Her Eyes as representative of a recent turn in Chinese fiction toward issues of biocapital, the increasing entanglement of the communist state’s regulation of bodies with its capitalist goals. Unique among biocapitalist fiction, however, UFO further situates contemporary China in a global post-9/11 context of state surveillance and defense security. Guo’s novels, then, offer a distinctly instructive framework for comparative reflections on biopolitics, biocapital, and the global security state.

Keywords: Xiaolu Guo, Chinese Anglophone fiction, biopolitics, capitalism and biocapitalism, censorship

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