Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen


Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of Spectacular Allegories (1998), Interrupting Auschwitz (2003) and How to Read Freud (2005), as well as numerous reviews and articles on modern literature, philosophy and psychoanalysis, appearing regularly in the TLS, Guardian and New Statesman. His book, The Private Life, was published by Granta in 2013, and addresses our current raging anxieties about privacy through explorations in psychoanalysis, literature and contemporary life.

Josh’s most recent book, Not Working was published by Granta in January 2019.

A book on the therapeutic power of literature will be published by Ebury in 2020.

15:30 – 16:30 Reading as a way of life

Walter MacFarlane Stage

Books are often thought of as a supplement to life. What happens if they become the substance of life instead? Here Josh Cohen and Lara Feigel, two writers who’ve been formed by books, talk about figuring out how to live alongside the writers they love. Lara Feigel’s Free Woman is a unsettlingly honest memoir examining her own experiences of relationships, […]