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Fliehende Objekte: Rey Chows Beiträge zur postkolonialen Theorie

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Based on her sharp, cutting-edge analyses of a wide range of theoretical and aesthetic texts, Rey Chow deconstructs the ideological surface of the world’s configuration of political power structures and social processes under the global neoliberal capitalist world order. In particular, her attention is directed to the objects of aesthetic reflection, which according to her reside both within and beyond the film, literary text, or work of art. Lost, found or fleeting, these objects ground human consciousness and are a major constitutive of cultural memory, knowledge production, and creativity. Her work includes analyses of the interventions of postcolonial intellectuals, who after decades of anticolonial struggles still find themselves confronted with the West’s colonial-imperialist attitudes, policies and poetics. Studying the objects of postcolonial world-making, Chow concentrates on the peripheries and contact zones, where ethnic inequalities cannot fully be hidden underneath glossy transcultural fassades. In order to shed light on the unintended side effects of western universalizing theories, she scrutinizes the displaced meanings of widely used concepts such as language, translation, mimesis, melancholy, visuality, or entanglement when applied in postcolonial aesthetic contexts. New meanings are unearthed from modernist, post-colonial, post-structuralist and other theories when shifted onto the plane of alternative models of worlding and community formation in sinophone writers’ and film directors’ works.


Chow, Rey (1991): Woman and Chinese Modernity: The Politics of Reading between West and East. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (1993): Writing Diaspora Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (1995): Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography and Contemporary Chinese Cinema. Film and Culture. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (1998a): Ethics after Idealism: Theory, Culture, Ethnicity, Reading. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.10.2307/465243Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (1998b): “Introduction: On Chineseness as a Theoretical Problem”. Boundary 2 25.3: 1–24.10.2307/303586Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (2002): The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York: Columbia University Press.Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (2006): The Age of the World Target: Self-Referentiality in War, Theory, and Comparative Work. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.10.2307/j.ctv1198xbgSearch in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (2007): Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility. New York: Columbia University Press.10.1086/tcj.60.20648026Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (2010a): The Rey Chow Reader. New York: Columbia University Press.Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (2010b): “Response: Fleeing Objects”. Postcolonial Studies 13: 303–304.10.1080/13688790.2010.508834Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (2012): Entanglements, Or Transmedial Thinking about Capture. Durham and London: Duke University Press.10.1215/9780822395263Search in Google Scholar

Chow, Rey (2014): Not like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.10.7312/chow15144Search in Google Scholar

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Online erschienen: 2016-3-17
Erschienen im Druck: 2016-3-1

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