Duke the Program In Literature

    Rey Chow
  • Rey Chow

  • Anne Firor Scott Professor and Director of the Program
  • Literature
  • 101 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: (929) 684-5566
  • Overview

    Chow's research comprises theoretical, interdisciplinary, and textual analyses. Since her years as a graduate student at Stanford University, she has specialized in the making of cultural forms such as literature and film (with particular attention to East Asia, Western Europe, and North America), and in the discursive encounters among modernity, sexuality, postcoloniality, and ethnicity. Her book PRIMITIVE PASSIONS was awarded the James Russell Lowell Prize by the Modern Language Association. Before coming to Duke, she was Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, where she held appointments in the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, and Modern Culture and Media. In her current work, Chow is concerned with the legacies of poststructuralist theory (in particular the work of Michel Foucault), the politics of language as a postcolonial phenomenon, and the shifting paradigms for knowledge and lived experience in the age of visual technologies and digitial media.

    Please contact Professor Chow for most recent CV at rey.chow@duke.edu
  • Specialties

    • Critical Theory
    • Cultural Studies
  • Research Summary

    Literature, film, critical and cultural theory, postcolonial studies
  • Research Description

    Chow's research comprises theoretical, interdisciplinary, and textual analyses. Since her years as a graduate student at Stanford University, she has specialized in the making of cultural forms such as literature and film (with particular attention to East Asia, Western Europe, and North America), and in the discursive encounters among modernity, sexuality, postcoloniality, and ethnicity. Her book PRIMITIVE PASSIONS was awarded the James Russell Lowell Prize by the Modern Language Association. Before coming to Duke, she was Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, where she held appointments in the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, and Modern Culture and Media. In her current work, Chow is concerned with the legacies of poststructuralist theory (in particular the work of Michel Foucault), the politics of language as a postcolonial phenomenon, and the shifting paradigms for knowledge and lived experience in the age of visual technologies and digitial media.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Stanford University,
      • 1986
      • M.A.,
      • Stanford University,
      • 1982
      • B.A.,
      • University of Hong Kong (China),
      • 1979
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Asia Pacific Studies Institute Course Development Grant,
      • Duke U,
      • January, 2014-
      • Thomas Langford Lectureship Award,
      • Duke University,
      • 2010
      • Class of 1932 Fellow in English and Visiting Professor, Council of the Humanities, Princeton University,
      • Princeton University,
      • 2008
      • Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship, Japan-United States Educational Commission,
      • Japan-United States Educational Commission,
      • 2008
      • Traditional Fulbright Scholarship,
      • Council for International Exchange of Scholars,
      • January 2008
      • Research Fellowship,
      • Radcliffe Institute,
      • January 2005
      • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship,
      • Stanford University,
      • January 2002
      • James Russell Lowell Prize,
      • Modern Language Association,
      • January 1995
      • Fellowship,
      • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,
      • January 1992
      • Summer Stipends Awards,
      • National Endowment for the Humanities,
      • January 1992
  • Selected Publications

      • R Chow.
      • Woman and Chinese Modernity: The Politics of Reading Between West and East.
      • University of Minnesota Press,
      • 1991.
      • R Chow.
      • Writing Diaspora: Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies.
      • Indiana University Press,
      • 1993.
      • R Chow.
      • Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema.
      • Columbia University Press,
      • 1995.
      • R Chow.
      • Ethics after Idealism: Theory – Culture – Ethnicity – Reading.
      • Indiana University Press,
      • 1998.
      • R Chow.
      • The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
      • Columbia University Press,
      • 2002.
      • R Chow.
      • The Age of the World Target: Self-Referentiality in War, Theory, and Comparative Work.
      • Duke University Press,
      • 2006.
      • R Chow.
      • The Rey Chow Reader.
      • Columbia University Press,
      • 2010.
      • R Chow.
      • Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture.
      • Duke University Press,
      • 2012.
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  • PhD Students

    • Sophie Smith
      • 2012 - present
  • Teaching

    • LIT 390S-4.01
      • SP TOP IN FILM
      • White 106
      • MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
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