Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline RoseFBA
Born 1949
Alma mater University of London
Main interests
The relationship between psychoanalysis, feminism and literature
Major works
The Haunting of Sylvia Plath

Jacqueline Rose, FBA (born 1949, London) is a British academic who is currently Professor of Humanities at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.[1]


  • Life and work 1
  • Criticism of Israel 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and work

Rose was born into a non-practicing Jewish family. Her elder sister was the philosopher Gillian Rose. Jacqueline Rose is known for her work on the relationship between psychoanalysis, feminism and literature. She is a graduate of St Hilda's College, Oxford and gained her higher degree (maîtrise) from the Sorbonne, Paris and her doctorate from the University of London.

Her book Albertine, a novel from 2001, is a feminist variation on Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu.[2]

She is best known for her critical study on the life and work of American poet Sylvia Plath, The Haunting of Sylvia Plath, published in 1991.[3] In the book, Rose offers a postmodernist feminist interpretation of Plath's work, and criticises Plath's husband Ted Hughes and other editors of Plath's writing. Rose describes the hostility she experienced from Hughes and his sister (who acts as literary executor to Plath's estate) including threats received from Hughes about some of Rose's analysis of Plath's poem "The Rabbit Catcher". The Haunting of Sylvia Plath was critically acclaimed, and itself subject to a famous critique by Janet Malcolm in her book The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

Rose is a regular broadcaster on and contributor to the London Review of Books.[4]

Rose's States of Fantasy was the inspiration for composer Mohammed Fairouz's Double Concerto of the same title.[5]

Criticism of Israel

Rose is highly critical of Zionism, describing it as "[having] been traumatic for the Jews as well as the Palestinians."[6] In the same interview, Rose continues to say, citing Martin Buber and Ahad Ha'am, "If Zionism can produce voices such as these, this is evidence of a fermentation of rare value."


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  1. ^ Our Staff — Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Retrieved Nov 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Who's that girl?: Alex Clark finds, in Jacqueline Rose's Albertine, a richly suggestive and provocative voice for Proust's heroine," Alex Clark, The Guardian, 27 October 2001. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
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  4. ^ London Review of Books: Jacqueline Rose Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  5. ^ Moore, Thomas (September 12, 2010), Mohammed Fairouz: An Interview, Opera Today. Retrieved 19 April 2011
  6. ^ Rosemary Bechler "Nation as trauma, Zionism as question: Jacqueline Rose interviewed, at the Wayback Machine (archived January 14, 2008) Open Democracy. 17 August 2005. Internet Wayback Archive

External links

  • "Those opposing a cultural and academic boycott of Israel should examine the South African precedent, says Jacqueline Rose." Open Democracy September 4 2005 Jacqueline Rose's position on an academic and cultural boycott of Israel
  • , August 18, 2002The Observer"This land is your land", - Jacqueline Rose's views on the state of Israel
  • "What Zionism is Not, a review of The Question of Zion from a Zionist perspective, The Weekly Standard, November 14, 2005
  • , January 4, 2003The GuardianInterview,
  • "The Ideas Interview: Jacqueline Rose" - John Sutherland, The Guardian, November 28, 2005
  • , August 18, 2005Open DemocracyInterview with Jacqueline Rose,
  • , Winter 2008State of NatureIsrael and Resistance: an interview with Jacqueline Rose,
  • Video of Jacqueline Rose chairing a discussion with Avi Shlaim and Shlomo Sand at the Frontline Club, London, November 12, 2009