Josh Cohen The Private Life
Chair: Giles Fraser
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?
Josh Cohen is Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern literature, aesthetic theory and psychoanalysis, including Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, Philosophy and How to Read Freud.
Giles Fraser is priest-in-charge at St Mary’s Church, Newington, South London, and former Canon Chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral. He writes the column Loose Canon in the Guardian.
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