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The Jacqueline Rose Reader


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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 ecole 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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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

About the Author

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.


"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, University of California, Berkeley "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 volume gives a sense of the range: analysis, text, war--from South Africa to Palestine."--Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University "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." Steven Poole, The Guardian

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