Rey Chow

Rey Chow

Anne Firor Scott Distinguished Professor of Literature

External address: 
101 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0670
Phone: 
(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.

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

Education

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

Chow, R. Xie zai jia guo yi wai. Edited by Louis Dung, Oxford University Press, 1995.

Pages

Chow, R. “Ye Si yu shuqing.” Harvard History of Modern Chinese Literature, edited by David Der-wei Wang et al, Harvard UP, 2013.

Chow, R. “After the Passage of the Beast: ’False Documentary’ Aspirations, Acousmatic Complications.” Ranciere and Film, edited by Paul Bowman, Edinburgh UP, 2013, pp. 34–52.

Chow, R., and James A. Steintrager. “Mediation/Medium.” Keywords in German Aesthetics, edited by J. D. Mininger and J. M. Peck, Harvard University Press, 2013.

Chow, R. “The Age of the World Target: Self-Referentiality in War, Theory, and Comparative Work, chapter 3.” Literatura Europea Comparada, edited by Cesar Dominguez, Arcos Libros, S.L., 2013, pp. 147–75.

Chow, R. “After the Passage of the Beast: ’False Documentary’ Aspirations, Acousmatic Complications.” Ton. Texte Zur Akustik Im Documentarfilm, edited by V. Kamensky and J. Rohrhuber, Verlag Vorwerk 8, 2013, pp. 194–211.

Chow, R. “"I insist on the christian dimension": On forgiveness ... and the outside of the human.” Language, Ideology, and the Human: New Interventions, 2012, pp. 215–36.

Chow, R. ““I insist on the Christian dimension”: On forgiveness … and the outside of the human.” Language, Ideology, and the Human: New Interventions, 2012, pp. 234–55.

Chow, R. “The Dream of a Butterfly.” Asian American Literature, Vol IV, edited by David Liwei Li, Routledge, 2012, pp. 92–117.

Chow, R. “A Discipline of Tolerance.” A Companion to Comparative Literature, 2011, pp. 15–27. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781444342789.ch1. Full Text

Chow, R. “When Reflexivity Becomes Porn: Mutations of a Modernist Theoretical Practice.” Theory after Theory, edited by J. Elliott and D. Attridge, Routledge, 2011, pp. 135–48.

Pages

Chow, R. What Does It Mean to Enjoy Life? Yang Fudong’s 'An Estranged Paradise'. Edited by P. Pirotte and B. Ruf, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Kunsthalle Zurich, 2013, pp. 129-30;148-49(Germantranslation)-129-30;148-49(Germantranslation).

Chow, R., and Pooja Rangan. Race, Racism, and Postcoloniality. Edited by Graham Huggan, Oxford UP, 2013, pp. 396–411.

Chow, R. Ye Si yu shuqing. Edited by David Der-wei Wang et al, Harvard UP, 2013.

Chow, R., and James A. Steintrager. Mediation/Medium. Edited by J. D. Mininger and J. M. Peck, Harvard University Press, 2013.

Chow, R. “Postcolonial Visibilities.” Zeitschrift Fur Medienwissenschaft, vol. 2, 2013, pp. 132–45.

Chow, R. The Dream of a Butterfly. Edited by David Liwei Li, Routledge, 2012, pp. 92–117.

Chow, R. “Sacrifice, Mimesis, and the Theorizing of Victimhood..” Problemi, vol. 9, 2012, pp. 161–90.

Chow, Rey. “Guest Column—Framing the Original: Toward a New Visibility of the Orient.” Pmla, vol. 126, no. 3, Modern Language Association (MLA), May 2011, pp. 555–63. Crossref, doi:10.1632/pmla.2011.126.3.555. Full Text

Chow, R., and J. A. Steintrager. “In Pursuit of the Object of Sound: An Introduction.” Differences, vol. 22, no. 2–3, Duke University Press, 2011, pp. 1–9. Manual, doi:10.1215/10407391-428816. Full Text

Chow, R. “On the Graphic in Postmodern Theoretical Writing.” Twentieth Century Literature, vol. 57, no. 3–4, Twentieth Century Literature, 2011, pp. 372–79.

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