Rey Chow

Rey Chow

Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor in the Humanities

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. “Cavando un Viejo Pozo: El Trabajo de la Fantasia Social.” Feminismo y Teoría Fílmica, edited by Giulia Colaizzi, Madrid: Colección EUTOPÍAS/MAIOR, 1995, pp. 135–61.

Chow, R. “Where Have All the Natives Gone?Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question, edited by Angelika Bammer, Indiana University Press, 1994, pp. 125–51.

Chow, R. “Love Me, Master; Love Me, Son’: A Cultural Other Pornographically Constructed in Time.” Boundaries in China, edited by John Hay, London: Reaktion Books Limited Publishers, 1994, pp. 243–56.

Chow, R. “In the Name of Comparative Literature.” Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism, edited by Charles Bernheimer, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994, pp. 107–16.

Chow, R. “Media, materia, migraciones.” EUTOPÍAS, 2a Época, Documentos de Trabajo, translated by Manuel Talens, vol. 39, 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, edited by Tonglin Lu, Albany NY: SUNY Press, 1993, pp. 23–45.

Chow, R. “Entry on “Race/Imperialism".” Psychoanalysis and Feminism: A Critical Dictionary, edited by Elizabeth Wright, Basil Blackwell, 1992, pp. 361–64.

Chow, R. “Violence in the Other Country: China as Crisis, Spectacle, and Woman.” Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism, edited by Chandra Mohanty et al, Indiana University Press, 1991, pp. 81–100.

Chow, R. “Autòmatas postmodernos.” Feminismo y Teoría Del Discurso, Madrid: Ediciones Cátedra, 1990, pp. 67–85.

Chow, R. “It’s you, and not me’: Domination and ‘Othering’ in Theorizing the ‘Third World’.” Coming to Terms: Feminism/Theory/Politics, edited by Elizabeth Weed, Routledge, 1989, pp. 152–61.


Chow, R. “Fateful Attachments: On Collecting, Fidelity, and Lao She.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 28, 2001, pp. 286–304.

Chow, R. “The Secrets of Ethnic Abjection.” Traces, vol. 2, 2001, pp. 53–77.

Chow, R. “Response to Question about Field of Study.” Pmla, vol. 115, Dec. 2000, pp. 2037–2037.

Chow, R. “Consumption and Eccentric Writing: Notes on Two Hong Kong Writers.” Communal/Plural, vol. 7, 1999, pp. 45–58.

Chow, R. “Nostalgia of the New Wave: Structure in Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together.” Camera Obscura, vol. 42, 1999, pp. 31–48.

Chow, R. “When Whiteness Feminizes … : Some Consequences of a Supplementary Logic.” Differences, vol. 11, 1999, pp. 137–68.

Chow, R. E. Y. “On Chineseness as a Theoretical Problem.” Boundary 2, vol. 25, no. 3, Duke University Press, 1998, pp. 1–24.

Chow, R. “Ethics after Idealism.” Diacritics, vol. 23, 1998, pp. 3–22.

Chow, R. ““King Kong in Hong Kong: Watching the ‘Handover,’ from the USA.” Social Text, vol. 55, 1998, pp. 93–108.