Writing Diaspora

Writing Diaspora : Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies

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"Writing Diaspora" questions aspects of cultural politics, including the legacies of European imperialism and colonialism, the media, pedagogy, literature, literacy, sexuality, intellectual labour, the uses and abuses of theory, and popularized notions about 'others'. Essentialist notions of culture and history; conservative notions of territorial and linguistic propriety, and the 'otherness' ensuing from them; unattested claims of oppression and victimization; sexist and racist reaffirmations of sexual and racial diversities that are made in the name of moralist rectitude - all these forces create new 'solidarities' whose ideological premises remain unquestioned. "Writing Diaspora" sets up an oppositional discursive space in the midst of these new solidarities. Chow juxtaposes a range of cultural contradictions in order to rethink the currently dominant conceptualizations of the solidarities themselves.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 132.08 x 205.74 x 7.62mm | 317.51g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253207851
  • 9780253207852
  • 329,286

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Writing Diaspora questions aspects of cultural politics, including the legacies of European imperialism and colonialism, the media, pedagogy, literature, literacy, sexuality, intellectual labor, the uses and abuses of theory, and popularized notions about 'others.'show more

About Rey Chow

REY CHOW, an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, was educated in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong and in the United States. She is the author of Woman and Chinese Modernity: The Politics of Reading between West and East.show more

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I. Introduction: Leading Questions II. Where Have All the Natives Gone? III. Postmodern Automatons IV. Pedagogy, Trust, Chinese Intellectuals in the 1990s: Fragments of a Post-Catastrophic Discourse V. Against the Lures of Diaspora: Minority Discourse, Chinese Women, and Intellectual Hegemony VI. The Politics and Pedagogy of Asian Literatures in American Universities VII. Listening Otherwise, Music Miniaturized: A Different Type of Question about Revolution VIII. Media, Matter, Migrants GLOSSARY NOTES WORKS CITED INDEXshow more

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"I believe that Rey Chow has written a powerful set of essays which offer a critical strategy for approaching questions of otherness and other societies by forcing us to constantly reassess our position." Harry Harootunian " ... this is no doctrinaire tract but rather a concerted attempt to look at important cultural problems from a fresh perspective... Chow's book is an excellent example of its type." Discourse & Societyshow more

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