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The Rey Chow Reader - Rey Chow

The Rey Chow Reader

By: Rey Chow, Paul Bowman (Editor)

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Rey Chow is one of the most prominent intellectuals working in the humanities today. She contributes to as many disciplines as she weaves into her elegantly structured, comparative critiques, and her ever-expanding oeuvre confronts the interlocking and overlapping fields of film, sex, gender, ethnography, postcolonialism, visual culture, cultural studies, and Asian society and politics. Chow's essays connect topics as dissimilar as ethnic mothers and dinosaurs, avant-garde film and the politics of ethnicity, and high theory and area studies. The first anthology to gather and situate Chow's vitally relevant, transnational thought, this collection not only introduces readers to Chow's most important theoretical explorations but also serves as an ideal entry point into the fields she transforms.

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."& mdash; "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."& mdash;China Information

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

"Wide-ranging, theoretically rich, and provocative... completely restructures the problem of ethnicity."& mdash;Fredric Jameson

Editor's Introductionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Modernity and Postcolonial Ethnicity
The Age of the World Target: Atomic Bombs, Alterity, Area Studiesp. 2
Seeing Is Destroyingp. 4
The World Becomes Virtualp. 9
The Orbit of Self and Otherp. 11
From Atomic Bombs to Area Studiesp. 14
The Postcolonial Difference: Lessons in Cultural Legitimationp. 20
From Writing Diaspora: Introduction: Leading Questionsp. 30
Orientalism and East Asia: The Persistence of a Scholarly Traditionp. 31
Sanctifying the ôSubalternö: The Productivity of White Guiltp. 37
Tactics of Interventionp. 41
The Chinese Lessenp. 44
Brushes with the-Other-as-Face: Stereotyping and Cross-Ethnic Representationp. 48
The Inevitability of Stereotypes in Cross-Ethnic Representationp. 49
The Politics of Admittance: Female Sexual Agency, Miscegenation, and the Formation of Community in Frantz Fanonp. 56
Race and the Problem of Admittancep. 59
Community Formation and Sexual Difference: A Double Theoretical Discoursep. 61
What Does the Woman of Color Want?p. 64
The Force of Miscegenationp. 68
Community Building Among Theorists of Postcolonialityp. 72
When Whiteness Feminizes: Some Consequences of a Supplementary Logicp. 76
Is ôWomanö a Woman, a Man, or What? The Unstable Status of Woman if Contemporary Cultural Criticismp. 77
Filmic Visuality and Transcultural Politicsp. 82
Film and Cultural Identityp. 84
Seeing Modern China: Toward a Theory of Ethnic Spectatorshipp. 92
The Dream of a Butterflyp. 124
ôEast Is East and West Is West, and Ne'er the Twain Shall Meetöp. 127
ôThe Beauty…of Her Death. It's a…Pure Sacrificeöp. 131
The Force of Butterfly; or, the ôOriental Womanö as Phallusp. 134
ôUnder the Robes. Beneath Everything, It Was Always Meöp. 137
ôIt's Not the Story; Its the Musicöp. 138
Madame Butterfly, C'est Moip. 140
Coda: New Questions for Cultural Difference and Identityp. 145
Film as Ethnography; or, Translation Between Cultures in the Postcolonial Worldp. 148
The Primacy of To-Be-Looked-At-nessp. 152
Translation and the Problem of Originsp. 154
Translation as ôCultural Resistanceöp. 160
The ôThird Termöp. 163
Weakness, Fluidity, and the Fabling of the Worldp. 165
The Light of the Arcadep. 167
A Filmic Staging of Postwar Geotemporal Politics: On Akira Regrets for Our Youth, Sixty Years Laterp. 172
Codap. 179
From Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibilityp. 180
Introductionp. 181
Highlights of a Western Disciplinep. 182
Image, Time, Identity: Trajectories of Becoming Visiblep. 187
Defining the Sentimental in Relation to Contemporary Chinese Cinemap. 191
The Political Economy of Vision in Happy Times and Not One Less; or, a Different Type of Migrationp. 196
Altruistic Fictions in China's Happy Timesp. 201
How to Add Back a Subtracted Child? The Transmutation and Abjection of Human Labor in Not One Lessp. 206
Notesp. 215
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780231149952
ISBN-10: 0231149956
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43