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Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose joins the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in January 2015. She has written extensively on psychoanalysis, feminism, literature and politics. Her books include On Not Being Able to Sleep and Proust among the Nations.
Interrupting Auschwitz: Josh Cohen
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. In an intense and sometimes controversia...
A Question of Zion
Although Israel barely leaves the front page, notes Jacqueline Rose, the complexity of Zionism itself is hardly ever explored. Zionism is founded on the legitimate desire of a persecuted people for national self-determination, says Rose, but must be analysed to find the key to the daily tragedies unfolding for both Israelis and Palestinians today. To launch her book, The Question of Zion, she explored with D D Guttenplan the history and character of Zionism. What is it about Zionism th...
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...
Proust Among The Nations
In her book, Proust Among the Nations – from Dreyfus to the Middle East, Jacqueline Rose takes her far-reaching and often controversial analysis of the Middle East conflict into the heart of Europe. Offering a radical re-reading of the Dreyfus Affair through the lens of Marcel Proust, in dialogue with Sigmund Freud, she traces the shifting dynamic of memory and identity across the crucial and ongoing cultural links between Europe and Palestine. A plea for the responsibility of writing, the ...
Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism
Judith Butler’s Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism recovers Jewish philosophical traditions to reinvigorate the discussion of co-habitation in Israel and Palestine, drawing on a tradition of principled non-violence. Using the work of Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Martin Buber and Primo Levi, amongst others, within a contemporary context, a new political ethic is articulated. Butler discussed with Jacqueline Rose the philosophical and political quandaries attending...
Jacqueline Rose and Helena Kennedy on Women in Dark Times
Jacqueline Rose’s compelling new book opens with three extraordinary women: revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg, German–Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon; and film icon Marilyn Monroe, whose lives intersected with some of the most dramatic events of the 20th century. Taking in revolution, totalitarianism and the American Dream, the book probes quintessential injustices both then and now. Jacqueline Rose, in conversation with civil liberties champion H...