What People are saying about this
Rey Chow is one of the most interesting and iconoclastic theorists writing in English today. She crosses fields and areas of study with such assurance and brio as to make one wonder why no one else has done so before.
Caren Kaplan, University of California at Davis
Christopher L. Connery
Rey Chow is a postcolonial theorist of protean energy whose work has explicitly resisted systematization and reduction to a specific theoretical or methodological programmatic. In few contemporary theorists is the analysis so explicitly and closely determined by the object of analysis, in what is clearly an effort to fashion a mode of critique that in its most fundamental character is anti-imperialist. Chow's is a project that takes no easy refuge either in subject position or in meta-analytical framework. It never lets us forget the social character of knowledge and culture producers, of critics and academics, of students, citizens, and workers. And in its relentless focus on the object of analysis, Chow's work finds its power not in the repetition of or reduction to a historical or political situation, but rather in its capacity to pry loose from the object something essential about the nature of thought itself.
Christopher L. Connery, University of California at Santa Cruz
Rey Chow is a worldly thinker; she helps us inhabit worlds more thickly and more accountably, in pleasurable discomfort. I treasure the cognitive sensation of such discomfort! This reader is itself an act of responsible and responsive worlding. Inhabiting a wide range of cultural, media, and political scenes, Chow explores how situated identities work for, against, and on those who shape and deploy them. Chow cares about how 'difference' sets the price of admission in myriad worlds for sexualized and racialized persons. She also shows how those prices are in flux as the terms, objects, agents, and frames of geopolitical culture are actively reconstituted.
Donna Haraway, University of California at Santa Cruz
The Rey Chow Reader is a real accomplishment. It brings together many of the most striking and provocative texts of a genuinely and astutely original thinker. Rey Chow has opened up postcolonial, cultural, and feminist studies to the most rigorous and self-aware political and theoretical questioning. In doing so, she has shown us how to think more clearly and carefully about elaborating new modes of political and intellectual engagement.
Elizabeth Grosz, Rutgers University