Rey Chow

Rey Chow

Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature i

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. "Where Have All the Natives Gone?." Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question. Ed. A Bammer. Indiana University Press, 1994. 125-151.

Chow, R. "Love Me, Master; Love Me, Son’: A Cultural Other Pornographically Constructed in Time." Boundaries in China. Ed. J Hay. London: Reaktion Books Limited Publishers, 1994. 243-256.

Chow, R. "In the Name of Comparative Literature." Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism. Ed. C Bernheimer. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. 107-116.

Chow, R. "Media, materia, migraciones." EUTOPÍAS, 2a época, Documentos de trabajo. Trans. M Talens. Centro de Semiótica y Teoría del espectáculo, Universitat de València & Asociación Vasca de Semiótica, 1994.

Chow, R. "Against the Lures of Diaspora: Minority Discourse, Chinese Women, and Intellectual Hegemony." Gender and Sexuality in 20th-Century Chinese Literature and Society. Ed. T Lu. Albany NY: SUNY Press, 1993. 23-45.

Chow, R. "Entry on “Race/Imperialism"." Psychoanalysis and Feminism: A Critical Dictionary. Ed. E Wright. Basil Blackwell, 1992. 361-364.

Chow, R. "Violence in the Other Country: China as Crisis, Spectacle, and Woman." Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism. Ed. CME al. Indiana University Press, 1991. 81-100.

Chow, R. "Autòmatas postmodernos." Feminismo y Teoría del Discurso. Madrid: Ediciones Cátedra, 1990. 67-85.

Chow, R. "It’s you, and not me’: Domination and ‘Othering’ in Theorizing the ‘Third World’." Coming to Terms: Feminism/Theory/Politics. Ed. E Weed. Routledge, 1989. 152-161.

Chow, R. "Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies: Female Melancholy as Fiction and Commodity." Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Selected Papers in Asian Studies. 1986.


Chow, R. "The Secrets of Ethnic Abjection." Traces 2 (2001): 53-77. (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "Response to Question about Field of Study." PMLA 115 (December 2000): 2037-2037. (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "Consumption and Eccentric Writing: Notes on Two Hong Kong Writers." Communal/Plural 7 (1999): 45-58. (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "Nostalgia of the New Wave: Structure in Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together." camera obscura 42 (1999): 31-48. (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "When Whiteness Feminizes … : Some Consequences of a Supplementary Logic." differences 11 (1999): 137-168. (Academic Article)

Chow, R. "The Seductions of Homecoming: Place, Authenticity, and Chen Kaige’s ’Temptress Moon’." Narrative 6 (January 1998): 3-17. (Academic Article)

Chow, REY. "On Chineseness as a Theoretical Problem." Boundary 2 25.3 (1998): 1-24.

Chow, R. "Ethics after Idealism." Diacritics 23 (1998): 3-22.