Jacqueline Rose

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Jacqueline Rose

Born1949 (age 73–74)
London, England
RelativesGillian Rose (sister)
Academic background
EducationSt Hilda's College, Oxford,
Sorbonne, Paris
University of London
Academic work
Main interestsThe relationship between psychoanalysis, feminism and literature
Notable worksThe Haunting of Sylvia Plath

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

Life and work[edit]

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. She took her doctorate from the University of London, where she was supervised by Frank Kermode.[2] Her elder sister was the philosopher Gillian Rose.

Rose's book Albertine, a novel from 2001, is a feminist variation on Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu.[3]

Rose 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.[4] 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 broadcaster and contributor to the London Review of Books.[5]

Rose's States of Fantasy (1996) was the inspiration for composer Mohammed Fairouz's Double Concerto of the same title.[6]

In 2022, Rose was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[7]

Criticism of Israel[edit]

Rose is highly critical of Zionism, describing it as "[having] been traumatic for the Jews as well as the Palestinians".[8] 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."


  • Lacan, Jacques (1985). Rose, Jacqueline; Mitchell, Juliet (eds.). Feminine sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the école freudienne. Translated by Jacqueline Rose. New York London: Pantheon Books W.W. Norton. ISBN 9780393302110.
  • The Haunting of Sylvia Plath. London: Virago. 2013 [1991]. ISBN 9780349004358.
  • The case of Peter Pan, or, The impossibility of children's fiction. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 1993. ISBN 9780812214352.
  • (Editor) Why war?: psychoanalysis, politics, and the return to Melanie Klein. Oxford, UK / Cambridge, Mass., USA: B. Blackwell. 1993. ISBN 9780631189244.
  • Jackson, Stevi; Scott, Sue, eds. (1996), "Feminine sexuality", Feminism and sexuality: a reader, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 74–78, ISBN 9780231107082.
  • States of fantasy. The Clarendon Lectures in English Literature. Oxford England New York: Clarendon Press Oxford University Press. 1996. ISBN 9780198182801.
  • Albertine. London: Vintage. 2002. ISBN 9780099286035. (novel)
  • On not being able to sleep: psychoanalysis and the modern world. London: Vintage. 2004. ISBN 9780099286042.
  • Sexuality in the field of vision. London New York: Verso. 2005. ISBN 9781844670581.
  • The Question of Zion. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 2005. ISBN 9780691130682.
  • The Last Resistance. London: Verso. 2013 [2007]. ISBN 9781844672264.
  • Proust among the Nations: from Dreyfus to the Middle East. Chicago London: The University of Chicago Press. 2011. ISBN 9780226725789.
  • Women in Dark Times. London: Bloomsbury. 2014. ISBN 9781408845400.
  • Mothers: An essay on love and cruelty. London: Faber & Faber. 2018. ISBN 9780571331437.
  • On Violence and On Violence Against Women. London: Faber & Faber. 2021. ISBN 9780571332717.
  • The Plague. London: Fitzcarraldo Editions. 2023. ISBN 9781804270486.


  1. ^ Our Staff — Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (3 February 2012). "Jacqueline Rose: a life in writing". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  3. ^ "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 8 June 2010.
  4. ^ Rose, Jacqueline (2013) [1991]. The haunting of Sylvia Plath. London: Virago. ISBN 9780349004358.
  5. ^ Jacqueline Rose at London Review of Books. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  6. ^ Moore, Thomas (12 September 2010), Mohammed Fairouz: An Interview, Opera Today. Retrieved 19 April 2011
  7. ^ Wild, Stephi (12 July 2022). "RSL Announces 60 New Fellows and Honorary Fellows For 2022". Broadway World. Retrieved 31 March 2023.
  8. ^ Rosemary Bechler "Nation as trauma, Zionism as question: Jacqueline Rose interviewed". Open Democracy. 17 August 2005. Archived from the original on 14 January 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2006.

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