In this collection of conversations that
were conducted in Calcutta, at the
London School of Economics, through
Jewish Book Week, and on the radical
Web site openDemocracy, internationally
renowned Jewish scholar Jacqueline
Rose explores the debates that have
fueled her writing and thinking over
three decades. Drawn out by her interlocutors,
Rose discusses the difference
between political and sexual identity
and inquires whether psychoanalysis
can be considered a radical form of
thought that can be used fruitfully in
dialogue about political struggle. Most
significantly—since each of these conversations was sparked by her recent
and controversial writing on Zionism,
Israel, and Palestine—Rose reflects on
the role of Jewish dissent in our time. In
these conversations, Rose appears courageous,
passionate, ethical, and never
afraid to engage politically on issues
that are of human concern in the ongoing
Middle and Near East crisis.
‘Jacqueline Rose has written a
timely and courageous book. . . . It
could do nothing but good if the force
of Rose’s argument were to be felt not
only in and for Israel but beyond.’
—David Simpson, London Review of
Books, on The Question of Zion
Supriya Chaudhuri is professor of English at Jadavpur University, Calcutta.
Aveek Sen is
senior assistant editor, editorial pages, The Telegraph, Calcutta.
Rosemary Bechler is international
editor of openDemocracy.
Anthony Lerman is director of the Institute for Jewish Policy
Research in the United Kingdom.
Henrietta Moore is the William Wyse Professor of Social
Anthropology, University of Cambridge, and director of the Culture and Globalisation
Programme of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE.
Stephen Frosh is
pro-vice-master for learning and teaching and incoming head of the School of
Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.