Virtual Event: Jacqueline Rose
On Violence and On Violence Against Women
May 27, 2021
12:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes world-renowned feminist scholar and cultural critic JACQUELINE ROSE—author of The Haunting of Sylvia Plath and Women in Dark Times—for a discussion of her latest book, On Violence and On Violence Against Women.
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About On Violence and On Violence Against Women
Why has violence, and especially violence against women, become so much more prominent and visible across the world? To explore this question, Jacqueline Rose tracks the multiple forms of today’s violence—historic and intimate, public and private—as they spread throughout our social fabric, offering a new, provocative account of violence in our time.
From trans rights and #MeToo to the sexual harassment of migrant women, from the trial of Oscar Pistorius to domestic violence in lockdown, from the writing of Roxanne Gay to Hisham Mitar and Han Kang, she casts her net wide. What obscene pleasure in violence do so many male leaders of the Western world unleash in their supporters? Is violence always gendered and if so, always in the same way? What is required of the human mind when it grants itself permission to do violence?
On Violence and On Violence Against Women is a timely and urgent agitation against injustice, a challenge to radical feminism and a meaningful call to action.
Praise for On Violence and On Violence Against Women
"No stone goes unturned in Rose’s exhaustive inquiry into the enduring global crisis of sexual violence. Drawing on data and contemporary examples, while also braiding in the work of feminist philosophers like Judith Butler and Hannah Arendt, Rose builds a compellingly argued theory that sexual violence is rooted in male fragility. Rose’s framework examines how systemic power structures reinforce themselves, and how sexual violence intersects with gender, sexuality, race, and class. For anyone looking to educate themselves on this essential subject, start here and now." —Esquire (Best Books of Spring)
"Esteemed feminist critic Rose tackles the broadest of subjects in her inimitable and thoroughly researched fashion in this latest title . . . In truth, any one of the topics Rose raises here could easily be expanded to create its own book. In-depth, complex, revelatory, and nearly overwhelming, this is an important, foundational account deserving of readers' full attention." —Booklist
"Rose, a lecturer in history at the University of St. Andrews, probes the causes, meaning, and persistence of sexual violence in this thought-provoking essay collection . . . A precise and original exploration of an essential subject." —Publishers Weekly
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