Madelon Sprengnether

Madelon Sprengnether is a poet, memoirist and literary critic who teaches in the literature and creative writing programs at the University of Minnesota, where she holds the title Regents Professor.

She is the author of two memoirs, Crying at the Movies and Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams; two chapbooks of prose poems, Near Solstice, Mourning and La Belle et La Bête; and two collections of poetry, The Angel of Duluth and The Normal Heart.

She is also a feminist psychoanalytic critic and theorist, whose collections of criticism The (M)other Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Criticism, and Shakespearean Tragedy and Gender, have had major impact in their fields. Her book The Spectral Mother: Freud, Feminism and Psychoanalysis is the first to probe Freud’s phobic responses to the figure of the mother in his life and theory.

Her work in progress includes a memoir titled Great River Road: Memoir and Memory and an overview of psychoanalysis in the 20th century titled Freud: Modern and Postmodern.


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