Prof Jeremy DE CHAVEZ

Prof Jeremy DE CHAVEZ

Assistant Professor

Consultation Hours
Wednesday, 1300-1400 and Thursday, 1730-1830

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Jeremy received his PhD in English Literature from Queen’s University, Canada under the supervision of Asha Varadharajan.

Research Interests

Jeremy’s work attends to the connections between Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, and Affect Theory. In particular, he examines the enabling and inhibiting capacities of positive affects/feelings/emotions in relation to cultural criticism, broadly and to conditions of postcoloniality, specifically.

He would be eager to supervise graduate students interested in pursuing research in the areas of Global Anglophone Literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Critical/Cultural Theory, more so if their proposed project engages Psychoanalytic and/or Affect Theory.

Courses Regularly Taught

Teaching Areas: Colonial and Postcolonial Writing, Literary Theory and Criticism, Cultural Studies, Global Anglophone Literature, World Literature in English, Literary Research

Jeremy also teaches the general education course GELH2001: “Sex and the Arts”


Jeremy De Chavez joined the University of Macau in 2018 as an Assistant Professor of English. Prior to joining UM, he held teaching appointments at De La Salle University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Queen’s University. His work has found print in journals such as Critical Arts, JMMLA, The Explicator, ANQ, Kritika Kultura, Kemanusiaan, and he has a forthcoming article in Food, Culture, & Society (2019). Jeremy in under contract with Oxford University Press for “Aesthetic Theory” (with co-author Asha Varadharajan, Queen’s University), which is part of the series Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory. While his research and teaching areas are primarily in Postcolonial Studies, Global Anglophone Literature, and Critical/Cultural Theory, he is committed to being a strategic generalist with wide-ranging interests across literary periods, genres, and cultural forms.

Professional Affiliations

Member, The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love
Member, Postcolonial Studies Association
Member, American Comparative Literature Association
Consulting Editor, The Explicator
Associate Editor, Akda: The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture, Performance
Reviewer, Postcolonial Text
Reviewer, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory
Reviewer, Rupkatha
Reviewer, Kritika Kultura

Conference Papers and Other Presentations

Plenary Speaker. “’And beyond/ Frighted the Reign of Chaos and old Night’: On the Humanities (in times of ) Crisis”. Philosophy: Beyond. Philippine Philosophical Association. University of the Philippines. Los Baños, Philippines. November 2019.

Plenary Speaker. “Dreaming of Optimistic Futures: Postcolonialism, Positive Affect, Critique”. 7th International Conference on English and American Literature. Shanghai International University, Shanghai. April 2019.

Selected Publications

De Chavez, J. & Varadharajan, A. (2019) “Aesthetic Theory”. Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Cultural Theory. Oxford University Press (under contract)

De Chavez, J. (2019) “Marlow’s “delicious sensations”: On the Persistence of Affect in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness“. ANQ (forthcoming; accepted for publication on 19 Nov 2019).

De Chavez, J. & Varadharajan, A. (2019) “Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me: Rethinking the Humanities (in times of) Crisis”. Critical Arts.

Montefrio, M., De Chavez, J. Contreras, A. & Erasga, D. (2019) “Hybridities and Awkward Constructions in Philippine Locavorism: Reframing Global-Local Dynamics Through Assemblage Thinking” Food, Culture, & Society (accepted for publication; expected online October 2019)

De Chavez, J. (2019). “Love in the Visual Field: Cinephiliac Moment, Truth-Event, Movement of Thought” JMMLA, Vol. 51, No. 1

De Chavez, J. (2018). “The Political Subject is a Lover not a Fighter, or Reading Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club as a Love Story” ANQ: Articles and Notes Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 2.

Bayot, J., Bowlby, R. & De Chavez, J. (2018). “Interview”. Talking Walking: Essays in Cultural Criticism. Sussex: Sussex Academic Press.

De Chavez, J. (2017). “It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Positive Affects and the Post-Colonial Condition” Kemanusiaan: The Asian Journal of Humanities, Vol. 24. No. 2.

De Chavez, J. (2017). “The Traditional and the Modern in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters” The Explicator, Vol. 75, No. 2.

De Chavez, J. (2017).“On Love and Thought’s Intimate Connivance” Eidos, Vol. 26, No.1.

De Chavez, J. (2017). “The Breakdown of White Masculinity in the Period of Colonial Decline in Anthony Burgess’s Time for a TigerThe Explicator, Vol. 75, No. 1.

De Chavez, J. & Selman, X. (2016). “Religion as False Resolution: Exploring the Religious Ideologeme in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe” ANQ, Vol. 29, No. 4.

De Chavez, J. (2016). “‘Love is….’: An Inaesthetic Inquiry on Love and Attention in Aureus Solito’s The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros.” Kritika Kultura, Vol. 27.

De Chavez, J. (2015). “It is only watching, waiting, attention”: Rethinking Love with Alain Badiou and Simone Weil”. Kemanusiaan: The Asian Journal of Humanities, Vol. 22, No. 2.

De Chavez, J. (2015). “Rereading Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving, or Why Loving Means Giving Nothing” Kritike, Vol.  9, No. 2.