In her reading of the politics of ethnicity, she examines a diverse set of texts, including the writings of Michel Foucault, Max Weber, Jacques Derrida, Etienne Balibar, Charlotte Brontë, and the Asian-American authors Garrett Hongo and John Yau; the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Marguerite Duras, and Alan Resnais; and the drawings of Hong Kong cartoonist Larry Feign. At every turn, Chow challenges epistemological, disciplinary, and representational frameworks in which ethnicity is at stake in the contemporary world.
About the Author
Rey Chow is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University. She is the author of many books, including Primitive Passions, which dealt with contemporary Chinese cinema and won the James Russell Lowell Prize, the most prestigious book award given by the Modern Language Association. She lives in Providence, RI.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: From Biopower to Ethnic Difference||1|
|Chapter 1||The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism||19|
|Chapter 2||Brushes with the-Other-as-Face: Stereotyping and Cross-Ethnic Representation||50|
|Chapter 3||Keeping Them in Their Place: Coercive Mimeticism and Cross-Ethnic Representation||95|
|Chapter 4||The Secrets of Ethnic Abjection||128|
|Chapter 5||When Whiteness Feminizes ...: Some Consequences of a Supplementary Logic||153|
|Postscript: Beyond Ethnic Ressentiment?||183|
What People are Saying About This
This book makes me laugh, cry, and think harder than any other. Never an inscrutable Chinese, far more than a protestant ethnic, and always ruthlessly honest, Rey Chow deserves a gold star for taking on the sacred cows of our academic and public lives. This disarming book should be read by all who are concerned with the future of human rights, liberalism, multiculturalism, identity politics, and feminism.
In this wide-ranging, theoretically rich, and provocative book, Rey Chow completely restructures the problem of ethnicity; all future discussions and debates will have to come to terms with it.