The Rey Chow Reader

Rey Chow. Edited by Paul Bowman

Columbia University Press

The Rey Chow Reader

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Pub Date: July 2010

ISBN: 9780231149952

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The Rey Chow Reader

Rey Chow. Edited by Paul Bowman

Columbia University Press

Rey Chow is arguably one of the most prominent intellectuals working in the humanities today. Characteristically confronting both entrenched and emergent issues in the interlocking fields of literature, film and visual studies, sexuality and gender, postcolonialism, ethnicity, and cross-cultural politics, her works produce surprising connections among divergent topics at the same time as they compel us to think through the ethical and political ramifications of our academic, epistemic, and cultural practices. This anthology - the first to collect key moments in Chow's engaging thought - provides readers with an ideal introduction to some of her most forceful theoretical explorations. Organized into two sections, each of which begins with a brief statement designed to establish linkages among various discursive fields through Chow's writings, the anthology also contains an extensive Editor's Introduction, which situates Chow's work in the context of contemporary critical debates. For all those pursuing transnational cultural theory and cultural studies, this book is an essential resource.

Praise for Rey Chow

"[Rey Chow is] methodologically situated in the contentious spaces between critical theory and cultural studies, and always attending to the implications of ethnicity."—Social Semiotics

"Rich and powerful work that provides both a dazzling synthesis of contemporary cultural theory and at the same time an exemplary critique of Chinese cinema."—China Information

"Should be read by all who are concerned with the future of human rights, liberalism, multiculturalism, identity politics, and feminism."—Dorothy Ko

"Wide-ranging, theoretically rich, and provocative... completely restructures the problem of ethnicity."—Fredric Jameson
Editor's Introduction
Acknowledgments
Part 1. Modernity and Postcolonial Ethnicity
1. The Age of the World Target: Atomic Bombs, Alterity, Area Studies
2. The Postcolonial Difference: Lessons in Cultural Legitimation
3. From Writing Diaspora: Introduction: Leading Questions
4. Brushes with the-Other-as-Face: Stereotyping and Cross-Ethnic Representation
5. The Politics of Admittance: Female Sexual Agency, by Miscegenation
6. When Whiteness Feminizes . . . : Some Consequences of a Supplementary Logic
Part 2. Filmic Visuality and Transcultural Politics
7. Film and Cultural Identity
8. Seeing Modern China: Toward a Theory of Ethnic Spectatorship
9. The Dream of a Butterfly
10. Film as Ethnography; or, by Translation Between Cultures in the Postcolonial World
11. A Filmic Staging of Postwar Geotemporal Politics: On Akira Kurosawa's No Regrets for Our Youth, by Sixty
12. From Sentimental Fabulations, by Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility
13. The Political Economy of Vision in Happy Times and Not One Less; or, by a Different Type of Migration
Notes
Index
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About the Author

Rey Chow is Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University and the author of numerous influential books, including several published by Columbia University Press: Primitive Passions; The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism; and Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films. A book about her writings, The Rey Chow Reader, was edited by Paul Bowman. Her work has appeared in more than ten languages.