Ethics after Idealism


by Rey Chow

Published by: Indiana University Press

264 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253211552
  • Published: January 1998


  • eBook
  • 9780253116277
  • Published: January 1998


"Methodologically situated in the contentious spaces between critical theory and cultural studies, and always attending to the implications of ethnicity, this book constitutes a unique intervention in contemporary cultural politics." —Social Semiotics

At a time when cultural identity has become intrinsic to the way we read our many "others," Rey Chow argues that what demands to be examined critically is no longer identity politics per se but the idealism—especially in the sense of idealizing otherness—that lies at the heart of identity politics. She discusses multiple cultural forms—fiction, film, popular music, poetry, and essays—and a range of cultural topics—pedagogy, multiculturalism, fascism, sexuality, miscegenation, fantasy, nostalgia, and postcoloniality.