University of Pittsburgh
April 8, 2011

Pitt to Host Duke University Professor Rey Chow in April 14 Lecture

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PITTSBURGH­—The University of Pittsburgh will feature Rey Chow, Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University, in a lecture titled “Framing the Original: Toward a New Visibility of the Orient.” The free public event—sponsored by Pitt’s boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture; the Humanities Center; and Film Studies Program—will take place at 4 p.m. April 14, Room 501, Cathedral of Learning, 3960 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 

According to Fredric Jameson, American literary critic and author, Chow’s writing “completely restructures the problem of ethnicity,” noting that future discussions about the subject “will have to come to terms with” her ideas. 

Chow is the author of numerous books, including Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema (Columbia University Press, 1995), which received the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association; Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films (Columbia University Press, 2007); and Ethics after Idealism (Indiana University Press, 1998). 

Chow’s work has been widely anthologized and translated into European and Asian languages. 

Chow earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University and was an Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University before coming to Duke.