Language and literary scholar; Educator
Humanities and Arts
Literature and Language Studies
Rey Chow is Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and the former Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University. She has authored numerous monographs, including Woman and Chinese Modernity (1991), Writing Diaspora (1993), Ethics after Idealism (1998), The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism (2002), The Age of the World Target (2006), Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films (2007), Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture (2012), Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience (2014), and A Face Drawn in Sand: Humanistic Inquiry and Foucault in the Present (2021). Primitive Passions (1995), the first book-length study in English on contemporary Chinese cinema, was awarded the James Russell Lowell Prize by the Modern Language Association. Introducing paradigm shifts for engaging with modern China, comparative literature, and postcolonial studies, and challenging existing assumptions in scholarly conversations about literature, film, visual media, sexuality and gender, and ethnicity, Chow’s work has been widely anthologized and translated into numerous European and Asian languages. The Rey Chow Reader (2010) is available from Columbia University Press.