Writer Jacqueline Rose (Women in Dark Times) delivers a lecture on Rosa Luxemburg and Marilyn Monroe, who are linked in little-known ways. Jacqueline discusses their lives and offers insights into the problems they faced, which are relevant to feminism today. Luxemburg and Monroe embodied stereotypes: Luxemburg all mind and no body; Monroe all body and no mind. Against such crass typecasting, Jacqueline treats these women with the dignity that they – and all women – deserve.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Jacqueline Rose (International)

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Jacqueline Rose is internationally known as a public intellectual for her writing on feminism, psychoanalysis, literature, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her books include Sexuality in the Field of Vision, States of Fantasy and The Haunting of Sylvia Plath. She is also the author of Women in Dark Times. A regular writer for The London Review of Books, she is a co-founder of Independent Jewish Voices in the UK and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is professor of humanities and co-director at Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, and since 2016 has been a professorial fellow at the Institute of Social Justice, ACU, Sydney. A book on mothers and one on violence are forthcoming.

Luke Fischer (Australian)

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Luke Fischer is a poet, philosopher, and scholar. He is the author of four books, including the poetry collections A Personal History of Vision and Paths of Flight and the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems. He is currently co-editing a volume of essays on the philosophical dimensions of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus. He is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney.