Rey Chow

Rey Chow

Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

External address: 
101 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 660-3045

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.

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

Chow, R. Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. (Monograph)

Chow, R. Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. (Monograph)

Chow, R. The Rey Chow Reader. Ed. P Bowman. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. (Edited Book)

Chow, R. Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. (Monograph)

Chow, R. The Age of the World Target: Self-Referentiality in War, Theory, and Comparative Work. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006. (Monograph)

Chow, R. Il sogno di Butterfly: costellazioni postcoloniali. Ed. P Calefato. Trans. MR Dagostino. Rome: Meltemi Editore, 2004. (Collection)

Chow, R. The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. (Monograph)

Modern Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field. Ed. R Chow. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000. (Edited Book)

Chow, R. Ethics after Idealism: Theory – Culture – Ethnicity – Reading. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1998. (Monograph)

Chow, R. Xie zai jia guo yi wai. Ed. L Dung. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1995. (Collection)


Maitra, A, Chow, R, and Ching, LTS. "What’s“in”? Disaggregating Asia through new media actantsNeo-regionalism and neoliberal Asia (PublishedPublished)." Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia. January 1, 2016. 17-27. Full Text

Bales, CW, Locher, JL, Saltzman, E, Bales, CW, Locher, JL, and Saltzman, E. "Handbook of clinical nutrition and aging, third editionPreface (PublishedPublished)." January 1, 2015. 1-442. Full Text

Chow, R. "Fetish Power Unbound: A Small History of 'Woman' in Chinese Cinema." The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas. Ed. C Rojas and E Chow. Oxford UP, 2013. 490-506.

Chow, R. "What Does It Mean to Enjoy Life? Yang Fudong’s _An Estranged Paradise_." Yang Fudong. Ed. P Pirotte and B Ruf. UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Kunsthalle Zurich, 2013. 129-130.

Chow, R, and Rangan, P. "Race, Racism, and Postcoloniality." The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies. Ed. G Huggan. Oxford UP, 2013. 396-411.

Chow, R. "Ye Si yu shuqing." Harvard History of Modern Chinese Literature. Ed. DD-WWE al. Harvard UP, 2013.

Chow, R, and Steintrager, JA. "Mediation/Medium." Keywords in German Aesthetics. Ed. JD Mininger and JM Peck. Harvard University Press, 2013.

Chow, R. "“I insist on the Christian dimension”: On forgiveness … and the outside of the human." Language, Ideology, and the Human: New Interventions. January 1, 2012. 234-255.

Chow, R. "A Discipline of Tolerance." A Companion to Comparative Literature. November 25, 2011. 15-27. Full Text


Chow, R, and Hadjioannou, M. "The hitchcockian nudge; or, an aesthetics of deception." Representations 140.1 (September 1, 2017): 159-174. (Review) Full Text

Hadjioannou, M, and Chow, R. "The Hitchcockian Nudge; or, An Aesthetics of Deception." Representations 140.1 (2017): 159-174. Full Text

Chow, R. "Modernism's Unfinished Business?." Arcade: Literature, the Humanities, and the World Spring (2015).

Chow, R. "Things, Commonplaces, Passages of a Port City: On Hong Kong and Hong Kong Author Leung Ping-kwan." Ed. S Shih, C Tsai, and B Bernards. (2014): 207-226. (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "Remains’ Regime Change?." World Picture 8 (2013). (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "Ye Si yu shuqing." Ed. DD-WWE al. (2013). (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "The Subject of Chinglish." Ed. T Parks and E Zuccato. Testo a Fronte: teoria e practica della traduzione letteraria 48 (1 semestre) (2013): 155-62. (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "China as Documentary: Basic Questions (Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni and Jia Zhangke)." Ed. JD Kloet and Y-F Chow. European Journal of Cultural Studies 0 (0) (2013): 1-15. (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "Framing the Original: toward a New Visibility of the Orient." PMLA (May 2011): 555-63. (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "On the Graphic in Postmodern Theoretical Writing." Twentieth Century Literature 57.3-4 (2011): 372-379.