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Josh Cohen


Josh Cohen is Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. 

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Ayelet Gundar Goshen discusses her debut novel One Night, Markovitch with Josh Cohen.



Sunday, 1 March 2015

Together with Pushkin Press, Jewish Book Week is delighted to launch the English edition of Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s One Night, Markovitch, a colourful debut novel tracing the destinies of a group of young people on the eve of WWII. Ayelet Gundar-Goshen will be talking to author and analyst Josh Cohen about her characters and exploring some of the strengths and weaknesses behind the Zionist narrative. The book’s film-rights have already been bought by the director of East is East.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Social networking, reality TV and super-injunctions present new fronts in a war over privacy. Literature professor and psychoanalyst Josh Cohen critiques the intrusiveness of contemporary culture which deems everything we do public property. Drawing on characters from John Milton to Katie Price and Snoopy, The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark asks, if everything we do can be so public, how come we are so helplessly in the dark?


Sunday, 4 March 2007

Rabbi Louis Jacobs was Anglo-Jewry's greatest scholar.  To mark his passing, a structured reading scheme has been set up in London, Chicago, Jerusalem and on-line at  This was a unique session which allowed participants to study and discuss Rabbi Jacob's works with a range of scholars.  The text used for this Jewish Book Week meeting was be God, Torah, Israel - Tradition without Fundamentalism,  in which Rabbi Jacobs distils his approach in an accessible yet profound manner.


Tuesday, 28 February 2006

Set in America, a middle-aged man comes to terms with mortality – his own, his mother’s and that of his long-dead baby brother – a story full of mordant humour as well as pathos.

Josh Cohen's credits include The Graduate and Rent in the West End, and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside at the Almeida. He has recently performed in What We Did to Weinstein at The Menier Chocolate Factory.


Sunday, 9 March 2003

Hitler, wrote Theodor Adorno, imposed a 'new categorical imperative on humankind to arrange thoughts and actions so that Auschwitz will not repeat itself.' Josh Cohen’s book Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, Philosophy is a sustained exploration of what this might mean. He argues that what gives the imperative its urgency is that it is paradoxical, impossible to fulfil; we can never be certain that it won’t happen again.

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