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Women in Dark TimesDespite the resurgence of feminist activism on the internet, we have not heard much lately from the more scholarly side of feminism, which makes Jacqueline Rose’s Women in Dark Times very welcome. Through a series of biographies of intellectuals and artists as diverse as Rosa Luxemburg and Marilyn Monroe, Rose presents a re-reading of the traumas of 20th-century history—from the Russian Revolution to present-day “honour” killings. Although several of these biographies are tragic, Rose is insistent that we do not see these women as victims, martyrs or angels. Rather, she…

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