The Last Resistance
‘Language as much as deeds laid down the lines of a political tragedy’
In her latest book, The Last Resistance, Jacqueline Rose explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives. The role of literature in the Zionist imagination is presented as a unique form of dissidence, with the power to expose the unconscious of nations. Examining writers ranging from David Grossman, through W.G. Sebald, Freud, Nadine Gordimer,and topics including the concept of evil and suicide bombers, The Last Resistance offers a unique way of responding to the crises of the times.
In conversation with her was Antony Lerman, who has spoken of the Jewish community’s ‘increasingly bitter polarisation over fundamental issues affects affecting Jewish existence’, with Israel as ‘the first faultline’.
Jacqueline Rose is known for her writing on psychoanalysis, feminism and Zionism. Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London, her books include On Not Being Able to Sleep, The Question of Zion and the novel, Albertine. She contributes regularly to the London Review of Books and wrote and presented the Channel 4 documentary ‘Dangereous Liaisons –Israel and America.’
Antony Lerman is Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. He is the author of numerous papers and articles on contemporary Jewish affairs, Middle East politics, international relations, antisemitism and racism.
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