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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446418413
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

On Not Being Able To Sleep

Psychoanalysis and the Modern World




'Reading On Not Being Able to Sleep is like being at a high altitude- the view is dazzling- [a] marvellous, exacting book' Observer

In these powerful essays Jacqueline Rose delves into the questions that keep us awake at night, into issues of privacy and publishing, exposure and shame. Do some women writers- Christina Rossetti, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath- have a special talent for self- revelation? Or are they simply more vulnerable to the invasions of biography? Turning to psychoanalysis, Rose explores its affinity with modernism and asks what it can tell us about the limits of knowledge, both about the most intimate and baffling components of experience and about the furthest, hallucinatory, reaches of the mind. Written with style, power and clarity, these fine studies move deftly between public, political and private, unconscious worlds. Offering new links between feminism, psychoanalysis, literature and politics, ON NOT BEING ABLE TO SLEEP provides a resonant and thought provoking collection for the present day.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446418413
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose is Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London. Her books include the highly influential study The Haunting of Sylvia Plath and On Not Being Able to Sleep: Psycholanalysis and the Modern World and the novel Albertine.


Praise for On Not Being Able To Sleep

“Critic and scholar Jacqueline Rose puts good questions to the human psyche: many of them are acute, some of them are painful, and most are infinitely worth asking”

Min Wild, Independent on Sunday


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