The return of the dismembered
Representing organ trafficking in Asian cinemas
in Neoliberal Gothic
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This chapter analyses the representation of organ harvesting and trade/trafficking in eight post-2000 Asian films. It discusses the films' consistent portrayal of transplantation as dependent on criminal networks and activities, and their critique of neoliberal medicine as responsible for deepening the economic divisions within Asian societies. Driven by market economy rather than ethics, neoliberal medicine sanctions sacrificing the disadvantaged for profit in the name of medical progress. The chapter offers a reading of the potentially gothic figures of vengeance appearing in the films in terms of a narrative strategy of resistance. Gothic figures of vengeance feature in many organ trade narratives. As the systematic acts of bio-violence are justified by the neoliberal State, which thrives on bio-power, the weak resort to weaving organ theft narratives as their strategy of resistance.

Neoliberal Gothic

International Gothic in the Neoliberal Age




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