Scholars in Residence

Fall 2010: Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose initially garnered attention for her groundbreaking work on psychoanalysis, feminism, and literature. Writing on Christina Rossetti, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton in On Not Being Able to Sleep, and film theory – among other things - in Sexuality in the Field of Vision, she has shaped the way we think about subjectivity, sexual difference, and fantasy.

More recently, she has turned to the Middle East, South Africa, and the post 9/11 United States in The Last Resistance and The Question of Zion, taking up writers like David Grossman, Nadine Gordimer, and Edward Said. In these books, she argues that psychoanalysis provides a valuable lens for understanding world politics – especially collective political fantasies – as she offers a Jewish critique of Zionism. Her stance on Israel has earned her both accolades and intense criticism, but in her words, "It is the task of the intellectual to think thoughts, to say things, that can't be said anywhere else.”

When she visited Madison, Rose was working on a book project titled Proust Among the Natiions (now out from University of Chicago Press). She is Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London; a regular contributor to the London Review of Books; and the co-founder of Independent Jewish Voices in the United Kingdom.

Activities

Class Visit:
Space and Memory: Studies in Rhetoric, Writing, Archive, Museum (English 706)
Jacqueline Rose visited Professor Michael Bernard-Donals’ graduate seminar to discuss essays from her book, The Last Resistance.

Public Talk:
Total Belief—Delirium in the West
Thursday, November 11 @ 7:30pm, Chazen Museum of Art, Elvehjem Building (L160)

What happens when a political belief becomes sacred? Drawing from Hannah Arendt’s analysis of totalitarianism as mental control, Rose will argue that those who too quickly ascribe the category of the religious ‘fanatic’ or ‘extremist’ to distant cultures have much to learn from some of the most intense—at times lethal, at times transformative—deliriums of the West.