The Jacqueline Rose Reader

The Jacqueline Rose Reader

Book Pages: 440 Illustrations: 5 illustrations Published: March 2011

Author: Jacqueline Rose

Contributor(s): Justin Clemens, Ben Naparstek

Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies, Theory and Philosophy > Psychoanalytic Theory

Jacqueline Rose is a world-renowned critic and one of the most influential and provocative scholars working in the humanities today. She is also among the most wide ranging, with books on Zionism, feminism, Sylvia Plath, children’s fiction, and psychoanalysis. During the past decade, through talks and pieces that Rose has contributed to the London Review of Books, the Guardian, and other publications, she has played a vital role in public debate about the policies and human-rights record of Israel in its relation to the Palestinians. Representing the entire spectrum of her writing, The Jacqueline Rose Reader brings together essays, reviews, and book excerpts, as well as an extract from her novel. In the introduction, the editors provide a profound overview of her intellectual trajectory, highlighting themes that unify her diverse work, particularly her commitment to psychoanalytic theory as a uniquely productive way of analyzing literature, culture, politics, and society. Including extensive critical commentary, and a candid interview with Rose, this anthology is an indispensable introduction for those unfamiliar with Jacqueline Rose’s remarkably original work, and an invaluable resource for those well acquainted with her critical acumen.


“Google's motto is ‘Don't Be Evil,’ but is there something near to evil in writing itself? So suggests a superb essay here, ‘The Body of Evil,’ which brings together Hannah Arendt, JM Coetzee, and the aftermath of 9/11. ‘People using the term “evil” all sound the same,’ comments Rose, in a piece that shows off her discursively probing style to best effect... The rest of the collection sees a psychoanalytic reading of Peter Pan, an intriguing defence of Sylvia Plath's notorious poem ‘Daddy,’ and interesting interventions on Eliot-on-Hamlet, Virginia Woolf, Freud, Melanie Klein, and Israel-Palestine (with Amos Oz a key reference). The editors do a fine job of introducing the work.” — Steven Poole, The Guardian

“Rose brings courage, insight and compassion to every topic in this book, and gives the readers a taste of her uniquely feminine way of looking at the world: at injustice, identity, nationality, language, literature, and more through a psychoanalytic lens. A writer, literary critic, lecturer, and teacher, Rose’s oeuvre is impressively diverse.” — Michal Adiv-Ginach, American Journal of Psychoanalysis

“Jacqueline Rose, friend and ally, achieves what many of us attempt: to preserve the delicacy of a training in literary reading in the tough realities of the political. She made psychoanalysis possible for a whole generation. This book gives a sense of the range: analysis, text, war—from South Africa to Palestine.” — Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University

“Jacqueline Rose is one of our most trenchant, politically engaged intellectuals. It will be important for a wide range of readers to have this collection of her essays, along with the introduction—which will help readers unfamiliar with the full range of her work—and the splendid interview that concludes the volume.” — Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor, University of California, Berkeley


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Jacqueline Rose is Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London, and a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. Her most recent publications include The Last Resistance, The Question of Zion, Sexuality in the Field of Vision, and On Not Being Able to Sleep: Psychoanalysis and the Modern World.

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Reading Jacqueline Rose: An Introduction / Ben Naparstek and Justin Clemens 1

Part I. Analysis

Introduction to Part I 27

1. Femininity and Its Discontents 31

2. Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the école freudienne 48

3. Negativity in the Work of Melanie Kline 61

4. Mass Psychology 86

Part II. Nation

Introduction to Part II 117

5. States of Fantasy 123

6. Just, Lasting, Comprehensive 138

7. Apathy and Accountability: The Challenge of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the Intellectual in the Modern World 156

8. The Body of Evil: Arendt, Coetzee, and 9/11 170

9. "Imponderables in Thin Air": Zionism as Psychoanalysis (Critique) 188

Part III. Representations

Introduction to Part III 215

10. Sexuality in the Field of Vision 221

11. Hamlet: The "Mona Lisa" of Literature 228

12. Virginia Woolf and the Death of Modernism 242

13. "Daddy" 257

14. Peter Pan and Freud: Who Is Talking and to Whom? 274

15. Excerpts from Albertine: A Novel 300

Part IV. Interventions

Introduction to Part IV 315

16. "Infinite Justice" 319

17. We Are All Afraid, But of What, Exactly? 320

18. Why Zionism Today Is the Real Enemy of the Jews 322

19. Reflections on Israel's 2008 Incursion into Gaza 326

20. Why Howard Jacobson Is Wrong 328

21. Holocaust Premises: Political Implications of the Traumatic Frame 332

22. A Conversation with Jacqueline Rose 341

Notes 361

Jacqueline Rose: A Select Bibliography, 1974–2010 413

Index 419
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-4978-5 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-4963-1
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