What do German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg and Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe have in common? According to academic and author Jacqueline Rose, they are women in ‘dark times’ with the courage to bring the unspeakable to light. She talks to ABC RN’s Sarah Kanowski about her visionary book Women in Dark Times, which ranges across the last century and into today’s reality, arguing vigorously that the work of feminism is far from done. 

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.

Sarah Kanowski (Australian)


Sarah Kanowski is a presenter of the Books and Arts program on ABC RN. She has a Masters degree in English studies from Oxford University.