Visuality, Postcoloniality, Ethnicity, Sexuality
Chapter Three. Cultural Politics before China; or “the foundation of contemporary cultural studies"
• C H A P T E R T H R E E • Cultural Politics before China; or “the foundation of contemporary cultural studies” f one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, so academics shouldn’t “read” books by their titles. Yet they do. Rey Chow’s book titles have sometimes featured words such as “China” and “Chinese film”: Woman and Chinese Modernity: The Politics of Reading between East and West (1991), Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema (1995), and Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility (2007), for instance. However, more often than not, Chow’s book titles do not mention China: Writing Diaspora: Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies (1993), Ethics After Idealism: Theory, Culture, Eth- nicity, Reading (1998), The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism (2002), The Age of the World Target: Self-Referentiality in War, Theory and Comparative Work (2006), and most recently, in 2012, Entanglements, or: Transmedial Think- ing about Capture (2012), for instance. Yet still, for many, Rey Chow is a name that is overwhelmingly associated with Chinese film studies, or rather with the (“American” or “Western”) study of Chinese films. But, as we have already established in the previous chapters, there is much more to Rey Chow’s work than issues essentially related to China and Chinese film. Certainly, Chow frequently explores ideas, questions and problematics through issues involving “China” and analyses of Chinese film. She often exam- ines questions of race, place, gender, sexuality, class, communication, transla-...
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