States of Fantasy

Paperback | July 1, 1998

byJacqueline Rose

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States of Fantasy is Jacqueline Rose's much-praised contribution to the current controversy over the limits of English Studies. Arguing for an expansion of the new boundaries of `English', and for the importance of psychoanalysis to the understanding of our literary and historical lives, Roselooks at Israel/Palestine and South Africa, and their place in the English literary and cultural imagination. Jacqueline Rose's fundamental question is the place of fantasy in public and private identities, and in these pages she pushes her investigation further into what might at first glance seem unlikely places. In September 1993, Israel and the PLO signed their first peace treaty; in April 1994, SouthAfrica held its first non-racial democratic elections. States of Fantasy persuasively puts the case that nowhere demonstrates more clearly than these two arenas of historic conflict the need for a psychoanalytically informed understanding of historical process. In so doing, this book shows how theplace of England and its writing in those histories emphasize the unbreakable line that runs between literature and politics. Stretching the limits of the `canon' debate, the author offers the strongest rebuttal to critics who try to sever the links between the study of literature and culture andthe making and unmaking of the modern world. The central part of this wide-ranging and lively study was originally delivered as the 1994 Clarendon Lectures in Oxford.

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States of Fantasy is Jacqueline Rose's much-praised contribution to the current controversy over the limits of English Studies. Arguing for an expansion of the new boundaries of `English', and for the importance of psychoanalysis to the understanding of our literary and historical lives, Roselooks at Israel/Palestine and South Africa, ...

Jacqueline Rose is at University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198183273

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: States of FantasyPART I. THE CLARENDON LECTURES1. In the Land of Israel2. Black Hamlet3. The English at their Best4. Just, Lasting, ComprehensivePART II. THE LIMITS OF CULTURE5. Dorothy Richardson and the Jew6. On the `Universality' of Madness: Bessie Head's A Question of PowerAfterword: Freud and the Crisis of Our Culture (Inaugural Lecture, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London)Index

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`States of Fantasy is a brilliant, stimulating book, which exhibits a refreshing disregard for literary canon ... more provocative is its terminological novelty: the book's title heralds a departure from the more conventional 'culture and identity' approach.'Alasdair Pettinger, New Formations, 30 Winter 96/97