Feminism and the Abomination of Violence

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  • Center for Contemporary Critical Thought
  • Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
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Renowned critic and author Jacqueline Rose will speak on “Feminism and the Abomination of Violence.”

Feminism rightly sees one of its most important tasks as the exposure of, and struggle against, violence toward women. In the twenty-first century this violence shows no sign of decreasing. In this lecture, Jacqueline Rose argues that because the discourse on violence has tended to be appropriated by radical feminist thinking – violence is not only, but also exclusively, what men do to women – the question of violence, as part of psychic reality, has become something that feminism repudiates. Continuing her on-going engagement with psychoanalysis and feminism, she explores two women thinkers who placed violence at the core of their life’s work: Hannah Arendt and Melanie Klein, both of whom track the complex relation between violence in the world and in the mind. How might their understanding of violence be theorised for modern feminism?

  • Jacqueline Rose Professor of Humanities Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London