This chapter explores how the human body becomes a metaphor for, a carrier and wielder of, and matter shaped by the sinograph. It first analyzes the links between Chinese script and materiality under the signs of death and violence: from the equation of death and the sinograph by the Chinese language reformer Hu Yuzhi, to the fetishistic invention of Chinese as disruptive of signification in Western thought (Julia Kristeva, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Salvador Elizondo). It then highlights a new interest in connecting bodies and cultural identity in a symbolic national calligraphy through an analysis of the bodyscripts in design and advertisement in the context of the Beijing Olympics and of the pedagogy of writing in Zhang Yimou's film Hero (Yingxiong).
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