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Professor Jacqueline Rose

  • Overview



    Jacqueline Rose is Professor of Humanities, Co-Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and of the London Critical Theory Summer School.

    She is internationally known for her writing on feminism, psychoanalysis, literature and the politics and ideology of Israel-Palestine.  Her books include Sexuality in the Field of Vision (1986, Verso Radical Thinkers, 2006), The Haunting of Sylvia Plath (1991), States of Fantasy (1996), The Question of Zion (2005), The Last Resistance (2007, Verso Radical Thinkers, 2016), Proust Among the Nations – from Dreyfus to the Middle East (2012), Women in Dark Times (2014), Mothers – an essay on love and cruelty (2018), and the novel Albertine (2001).  Conversations with Jacqueline Rose came out in 2010, and The Jacqueline Rose Reader in 2011. States of Fantasy and The Last Resistance have formed the basis of musical compositions by the acclaimed young American composer, Mohammed Fairouz. A regular writer for The London Review of Books, she wrote and presented the 2002 Channel 4 TV Documentary, Dangerous Liaison – Israel and the United States. She is a co-founder of Independent Jewish Voices in the UK, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Before arriving at Birkbeck, she taught at the University of Sussex, at Queen Mary University of London, and in Autumn 2014, as Diane Middlebrook/Carl Djerassi Professor of Gender Studies in Cambridge.


    • Forthcoming publication: On Violence and On Violence Against Women, Farrar Strauss Giroux, New York and Faber, London, 2020


    • PhD, English, London

    Web profiles

    Visiting posts

    • Visiting Professorial Fellow, Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College, USA, 10-2019 to 12-2019
    • Visiting Professorial Fellow, Institute of Social Justice, Sydney, Australia, 05-2016 to 05-2017
    • Visiting Fellow, St. John's College, Cambridge, 10-2014 to 12-2014
    • Visiting Senior Professor, International School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, 06-1996 to 07-1996
    • Visiting Fellow, Commonwealth Centre for Literary and Cultural Change, University of Virginia, 09-1991 to 12-1991

    Professional activities

    Co-Director, Critical Theory International Summer School, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities 2017 - present.

    'Death in a Time of Pandemic: Thinking with Freud,' Annual Freud Memorial Lecture, Freud Museum, Vienna, 23 September 2020

    Conversation with Elif Shafak, Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities, 30 January 2020

    Oxford Literary Festival, 4 April, 2019

    Visiting Professorial Fellow including 'Political Protest and the Denial of History', public lecture sponsored by Jewish Studies Programme, Dartmouth College, October 2019 

    'Plenary conversation' with Jessica Benjamin and Sarah Nuttall, and closing remarks, 'Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation – The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma,' international conference on the Legacy of Apartheid organised by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, December 5-9, 2018

    Invited Lecture,  Richardson research seminar in the history of psychiatry, DeWitt Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, November 21, 2018

    'The call of the unconscious – trans and sexual harassment: returning to the question', Keynote address at Annual Conference of New York Centre for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, conference on my work, preceded by 6 month reading group of analysts and psychoanalytic candidates on my writing, with response to lecture by Adrienne Harris and conversation: Adrienne Harris, Tracy Morgan and myself, New York, November 17, 2018

    Booker Prize Jury member 2018

    'Mountain to Sea,' Dublin Literary Festival, March 2018

    In conversation with Antony Gormley, Koestler Trust, South Bank, 11 October, 2017

    'Feminist Emergency,' initiator and co-organiser, international feminist conference, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, June 22-24, 2017

    Conversation with Eimear McBride, BIH, 25 January 2017

    Megaron public lecture, Concert Hall, Athens, 24 October, 2016

    Professional memberships

    • Associate Member of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis

    Honours and awards

  • Research


    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Current and recent Ph D supervisions include: Psychoanalysis and the Aesthetics of Reading; Palestinian fiction from 1948; Masud Khan, Psychoanalysis and Modernism; Literature and Human Rights (South Africa and Uganda); Psychoanalysis in India;  Sarah Kane, Dramaturgy and Psychoanalysis; Violence and Zimbabwean Writing.  

    Current doctoral researchers


    Doctoral alumni since 2013-14



    `Freud in the World: Psychoanalysis, Literary Writing and the Legacies of History,’ MA option offered across 4 MAs – English, Psychosocial Studies, Psychoanalytic Studies, Law

    Teaching modules

    • Freud in the world: psychoanalysis, literary writing and the legacies of history (AREN197S7)
    • Freud in the world: psychoanalysis, literary writing and the legacies of history (AREN197S7)
    • Psychoanalysis and Culture (SSPA078S7)
    • Independent Research Module (SSPA085D7)
  • Publications




    Book Section

    • Rose, Jacqueline (2021) Afterword. In: Barnard-Naude, J. (ed.) Decolonising the Neoliberal University. Birkbeck Law Press. pp. 160-166. ISBN 9780367903725.
    • Rose, Jacqueline (2021) The legacy. In: Barnard-Naude, J. (ed.) Decolonising the Neoliberal University. Birkbeck Law Press. pp. 27-42. ISBN 9780367903725.
    • Rose, Jacqueline (2020) Apocalypse/emnity/dialogue: negotiating the depths. In: Bashir, B. and Farsakh, L. (eds.) The Arab and Jewish Questions: Geographies of Engagement in Palestine and Beyond. New York, U.S.: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231199216.
  • Business and community

    Business and community


    Free Europe, interview, 7 July 2020

    Bi’bak, Berlin based Project Space, 'Art in Dark Times,' opening interview/conversation, 17 June 2020

    'The Books Interview,' Guardian, July 2018 (on Mothers – an Essay on Love and Cruelty, also Guardian Book of the Month for April).

    Free-thinking, BBC Radio 3, on publication of Mothers – an Essay on Love and Cruelty

    Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3, on publication of Mothers – an Essay on Love and Cruelty, April 18, 2018

    Women in the World Festival (WOW), with Ahdaf Soueif, March 10, 2018

    'In Our Time,' discussion on Rosa Luxemburg chaired by Melvyn Bragg,  BBC Radio 4, April 13, 2017