Visuality, Postcoloniality, Ethnicity, Sexuality
owe thanks to a range of people and institutions for helping me in various ways to complete this work. First and foremost, thanks are owed to Profes- sor Chow herself, whose work has transformed and greatly enriched my thought on so many matters. It goes without saying that this book would not have been possible were it not for her! Secondly, I owe thanks to my students, at both BA and PhD level. The reaction of students has often reconfirmed for me both the need for and value of such a book as this—a serious and sustained study that seeks to set out some key coordinates crucial to establishing a thor- ough understanding and appreciation of the significance and impact of Rey Chow’s work. Student reaction regularly takes the form of a familiar sequence: initial statements of confusion and comments about the difficulty of Rey Chow’s work, followed quickly—as we work through the texts in seminars, tu- torials and conversations—by a palpable kind of delight and even awe at the insights that Chow’s work affords. Most importantly, though—and to an extent that I have rarely seen before—I have found that engaging with Chow’s work translates directly into the production of more mature, insightful and compel- ling work on the part of both the students and the researchers with whom I have shared and explored Chow’s work. Several people have directly and indirectly prompted me to keep going in this direction, and to produce this book;...
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