We’ve been big fans of Jacqueline Rose here at the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival ever since reading her classic book The Haunting of Sylvia Plath. So we’re really excited to learn she’s speaking at the Bristol Festival of Ideas this week!
Here’s the lowdown…
Jacqueline Rose: Women in Dark Times, 18.30-19.30, Foyles, Cabot Circus, £4
Jacqueline Rose’s new book begins with three remarkable women: revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg; German–Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, persecuted by family tragedy and Nazism; film icon and consummate performer Marilyn Monroe.
Together these women have a shared story to tell, as they blaze a trail across some of the most dramatic events of the last century – revolution, totalitarianism, the American dream. Enraged by injustice, they are each in touch with what is most painful about being human, bound together by their willingness to bring the unspeakable to light.
Taking the argument into the present are today’s women, courageous individuals involved in some of the cruellest realities of our times. Grappling with the reality of honour killing – notably through the stories of Shafilea Ahmed, Fadime Sahindal and Heshu Yones – Rose argues that the work of feminism is far from done. Women in Dark Times shows us how these visionary women offer a new template for feminism.
‘This is the book we have been waiting for – a clarion call for us all, men and women, to be bolder and brasher in our advocacy for change but also more willing to embrace our own contradictions’ Helena Kennedy, QC
‘Rose confronts dark times with dark and moving stories from the last century inspiring a new feminism for this one. By so doing she keeps alive the dreams of so many women from Rosa Luxemburg and Marilyn Monroe to young girls killed in the name of some perverted sense of “honour”. Most likely a classic’ Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty