Violence, Gender, and Psychoanalysis: Jacqueline Rose in Conversation

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Does knowledge lead necessarily to understanding? In her new book On Violence and On Violence Against Women (Farrar, Straus, Giroux), the cultural critic Jacqueline Rose asks whether it’s enough to know how violent we are capable of being, and how vulnerable we are, in order for us to put to and to suffering in both the private and the public sphere. Here, as elsewhere in Rose’s work, literature and psychoanalysis are brought to bear to reveal uncomfortable truths about the roots and structure of violence, particularly sexualized violence. What does it have to do with male fragility? And, why is the spectacle of (usually masculine) violence such a source of public pleasure?

Join us, Wednesday, July 14th, as BISR faculty Danielle Drori and Rebecca Ariel Porte welcome Rose for a wide-ranging discussion of her new book, as well as her previous work on feminism, motherhood, racism, and apartheid. As we examine what it means to write about the body and body politic, we will ask: why, for Rose, are literature and psychoanalysis unique spaces for saying the unsayable? How do we write about violence without repeating it? What are the humanities for? Does psychoanalysis still matter? 

The event is free to attend and will stream live to the BISR Facebook page. To receive any updates and a reminder, please RSVP below.

Danielle Drori’s BISR London course Reading Jacqueline Rose: Literature, Politics, and Psychoanalysis starts Thursday, July 8th.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, 5:00pm British Summer Time/12pm Eastern Time
July 14, 2021


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