On Violence and On Violence Against Women

Jacqueline Rose


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15 April 2021
ISBN: 9780571332717
432 pages

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A blazingly insightful, provocative study of violence against women from the peerless feminist critic. 'To read Rose is to understand that there is no border between us and the world; it is an invitation to a radical kind of responsibility.' NEW YORK TIMES 'It's really hard for me to overestimate how important [Rose's] work has been for me . . . I don't feel like that about very many writers.' MAGGIE NELSON, GRAND JOURNAL 'One of the most original and intellectually sophisticated minds at work today.' EIMEAR McBRIDE 'An immense achievement.' JUDE KELLY CBE 'Timeless . . . Not an easy read - but an important one.' HELEN PANKHURST CBE 'Explodes the myth that violence and misogyny only happens to other women.' VAL McDERMID 'Hugely imortant.' LAUREN ELKIN Why has violence, and especially violence against women, become so much more prominent and visible across the world? To explore this question, 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 account of violence in our time. In this provocative and incisive book, Rose casts her net wide: trans rights and #MeToo; the sexual harassment of migrant women; the trial of Oscar Pistorius; domestic violence in pandemic lockdown; the writing of Roxane Gay, Anna Burns, Hisham Matar and Han Kang. 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 enact violence? On Violence and On Violence Against Women is an agitation against injustice, a challenge to radical feminism and a formidable call to action. 'These provocative essays probe assumptions that both fuel and mask violence in Western culture.' NEW YORKER 'A daring thinker, willing to make bold statements and take imaginative leaps.' NEW STATESMAN 'Surprising and original . . . [Rose's] real power, what makes her necessary as well as unique, may be how she teaches readers to ask probing questions on their own.' NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS 'For anyone looking to educate themselves on this essential subject, start here and now.' ESQUIRE