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Jacqueline Rose. Credit: Faber

Jacqueline Rose. Credit: Faber

Why Jacqueline Rose wants you to embrace the unknown

The feminist thinker on the violence we ignore in everyday life—especially against women—and why we need to plumb the depths of our disordered minds to stop it

By Rebecca Liu   July 2021

As a child, Jacqueline Rose’s bus ride to her grammar school would take her from a middle-class home in Hayes on the outskirts of west London through the working-class south Asian immigrant communities of Southall, where New Zealand schoolteacher Blair Peach would later be killed in 1979 while protesting against the National Front; it would then wind past a famous asylum in Hounslow, over whose thick walls Rose peered. 

Racism was common. A classmate’s parents advised her to “just cross over to the other side of the road” when the Asians “come at you in their hordes along the pavement in Southall.” On weekends, Rose would be driven to North Finchley for meals with her grandparents, a strictly observant Jewish couple who had emigrated from Poland. “I was brought up in an atmosphere of silence over the Holocaust,” she remembers. Her grandmother’s family died at the extermination camp…

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