Duke the Program In Literature

    Rey Chow
  • Rey Chow

  • Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature
  • Literature
  • 101 D
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: 919-660-3045
  • 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

      • PhD Modern Thought and Literature,
      • Stanford University
      • MA Modern Thought and Literature,
      • Stanford University
      • BA First Class Honours, English Studies and Comparative Literature,
      • University of Hong Kong
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Asia Pacific Studies Institute Course Development Grant,
      • Duke U,
      • January, 2014-
      • Course Development Grant, $2000,
      • Asia Pacific Studies Institute, 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,
      • 2008
      • Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship, Japan-United States Educational Commission,
      • 2008
      • Fellowship,
      • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard U,
      • September, 2005-06
      • Research Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,
      • Harvard University,
      • 2005-2006
      • Chesler-Mallow Senior Faculty Research Fellow and director of postdoctoral seminar “The Orders of Time”,
      • Pembroke Center, Brown University,
      • 2004-2005
      • Selected for a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences,
      • Stanford University,
      • 2002
      • 1994-95 U of California Humanities Research Institute Resident Fellowship,
      • 1994-1995
      • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship,
      • 1992-1993
      • ACLS Grant-in-Aid Award,
      • 1991-1992
      • First Place Award, Chicago Women in Publishing, for Woman and Chinese Modernity,
      • 1991
      • McKnight Summer Research Fellowship,
      • University of Minnesota,
      • 1991-1992
      • McKnight-Land Grant Professorship,
      • University of Minnesota,
      • 1988-1991
      • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women,,
      • Brown University,
      • 1986-1987
  • 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.
      • Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility.
      • Columbia University Press,
      • 2007.
      • R. Chow.
      • The Rey Chow Reader.
      • New York: 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 301S.01
      • THEORY TODAY
      • Friedl Bdg 102
      • MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    • LIT 890S.01
      • SEMINARS IN LIT (TOPICS)
      • Crowell 106
      • Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
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