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The Last Resistance

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In The Last Resistance, Jacqueline Rose explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives. In particular, she examines the role of literature in the Zionist imagination: here, literature is presented as a unique form of dissidence, with the power to expose the unconscious of nations, and often proposing radical alternatives to their dominant pathways and beliefs.

While Israel-Palestine is the repeated focus, The Last Resistance also turns to ...

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Overview

In The Last Resistance, Jacqueline Rose explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives. In particular, she examines the role of literature in the Zionist imagination: here, literature is presented as a unique form of dissidence, with the power to expose the unconscious of nations, and often proposing radical alternatives to their dominant pathways and beliefs.

While Israel-Palestine is the repeated focus, The Last Resistance also turns to post-apartheid South Africa, to American national fantasy post-9/11, and to key moments for the understanding of Jewish culture and memory. Rose also underscores the importance of psychoanalysis, both historically in relation to the unfolding of world events, and as a tool of political understanding.

Examining topics ranging from David Grossman, through W.G. Sebald, Freud, Nadine Gordimer, the concept of evil, and suicide bombers, The Last Resistance offers a unique way of responding to the crises of the times.

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Editorial Reviews

Observer
It takes a fierce shell of courage to speak out, as Jacqueline Rose does here ... She is a fine, original scholar.— Peter Preston
Tribune
A passionate celebration of Jewish thought and writing ... an original, innovative survey of some of the deeper dynamics at play within Zionism.
Times Literary Supplement
Deeply absorbing.
From the Publisher
“A breathtakingly refined textual analysis sustains a passionate, ethical and political engagement in the ongoing Near East crisis. This alone makes her a model of what a public intellectual should be.”—Slavoj Žižek

“Jacqueline Rose has written what can only be called a masterpiece of scholarship and thought ... a work of stunning insight and moral courage. Destined to become a standard in the field, it will have a profound and lasting impact.”—Sara Roy, Harvard University

“In The Last Resistance, Jacqueline Rose uses her knowledge of literature, psychoanalysis, and politics to brilliantly illuminating effect ... Stimulating and thought-provoking, it deserves to be read widely.”—Avi Shlaim, University of Oxford

“It takes a fierce shell of courage to speak out, as Jacqueline Rose does here ... She is a fine, original scholar.”—Peter Preston, Observer

“A passionate celebration of Jewish thought and writing ... an original, innovative survey of some of the deeper dynamics at play within Zionism.”—Tribune

“Explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives.”—Ham and High

“Deeply absorbing.”—Times Literary Supplement

“Hard-hitting.”—Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844672264
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Rose is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London. Her books include Sexuality in the Field of Vision; The Question of Zion ; and the novel Albertine.
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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Zionism Inside-Out     15
The Last Resistance     17
Displacement in Zion     39
Mass Psychology     62
The Hidden Life of Vladimir Jabotinsky     93
David Grossman's Dilemma     111
Deadly Embrace     125
After Disaster     137
The Body of Evil: Arendt, Coetzee and 9/11     139
Freud and the People, or Freud Goes to Abu Ghraib     159
On Being Nadine Gordimer     168
Specimen Days: On Michael Cunningham and Walt Whitman     182
Men and Women in Dark Times     191
Continuing the Dialogue - On Edward Said     193
Born Jewish - On Marcel Liebman     200
All Men are Mortal - On Simone de Beauvoir     209
Holocaust Premises: Political Implications of the Traumatic Frame - With Judith Buder     214
On Gillian Rose     223
Index     231
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