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Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999$
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Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.001.0001

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Jacqueline Rose, States of Fantasy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995. 188 pp.

Jacqueline Rose, States of Fantasy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995. 188 pp.

Jacqueline Rose, States of Fantasy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995. 188 pp.
Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Rael Meyerowitz

Oxford University Press

A review of the book, States of Fantasy by Jacqueline Rose is presented. Rose's latest and admirable book — a collection of lectures and essays, and a set of variations on a theme — ventures into new territory. While States of Fantasy certainly continues her engagement with fields in which she is known and published — namely, literature, psychoanalysis and feminism — its ambitions are simultaneously more far-reaching and more subtle. Though virtually all of her work is in some sense political, here Rose enters the arena of international relations proper, with the intention of reminding us of the conjunctions linking three distinct parts of the geopolitical globe: Israel/Palestine, South Africa, and Britain. Noting the great changes that are afoot in the two former “pariah” regions, Rose uses a series of forays into literary criticism to illuminate not only Britain's imperialistic role in the histories of the Middle East and Southern Africa, but also the relations between those two strife-torn regions.

Keywords:   psychoanalysis, international relations, Israel, Palestine, South Africa, Britain

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