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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (11 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408845407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408845400
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

A surfeit of elegance and intelligence (Ali Smith, Observer Summer Reading)

Jacqueline Rose's book Women in Dark Times is pretty amazing (Irvine Welsh)

A rigorously argued and at times breathtaking book . Many paragraphs contain a controlled explosion; her analysis of men's fear of and fascination with female sexuality, born from the boy's early proximity to the mother's body, is one of them . The book closes with a clarion cry: "Women have been reasonable for far too long" . Her reasoning, ironically, is as tight and sinuous as a constrictor knot. It is a time to be afraid of the dark (Frances Wilson, Daily Telegraph)

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)

This is not an easy book but a lucid, deeply absorbing and strangely soothing one, in the way that a friend with boundless curiosity, unflinching in the face of difficult truths, always proves more comforting and interesting than the falsely cheerful, draw-up-a-list sort. Rose offers erudite, multiple readings of the lives and work of three very different sets of three women . I am persuaded by Rose's argument that women remain best placed to tune in to the chronic insecurity and darkness of modern life (Melissa Benn, New Statesman)

The portrait of Luxemburg is insightful, exhilarating and inspiring . Her writing about Monroe is a deeply moving defence of a woman on whom the postwar United States projected its dreams and fears . The chapter on honour killings is superb, both Rose's dissection of misogynistic attitudes to female sexuality and her exploration of how western society views the crime . A book that constantly challenges the reader and forces her to engage with it. Rose's arguments are impossible to ignore (Irish Times)

Formidable . It is impossible not to listen carefully to what Professor Rose has to say in her thought-provoking, rigorously argued writing on feminism, literature and psychoanalysis. In Europe she is hailed as a public intellectual - she is also acknowledged internationally . Rose is indubitably an intellectual of clout . It is a breathtaking book and a challenging read - ambitious, scholarly and innovative, shedding dazzling light on Freud's "dark continent" of women (Herald)

Rose's thesis is a measured and decisive stroke in contemporary feminist theory (Financial Times)

Brings necessary depth and context to the debate ... The book provides a valuable record of the ideologies and achievements of women whom society would rather have kept silent, and there are some devastatingly sad passages (Independent)

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An exhilarating journey through the life, times and inner thoughts of some of the most creative women of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by a leading feminist writer

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By ruthie price on 25 Nov 2014
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