The modernist Freud of the early twentieth century has ceded to the postmodern Freud of the twenty-first. My book Mourning Freud examines this phenomenon from the perspective of Freud's self-analysis in relation to his generation of theory, the challenges and transformations wrought by feminism, cultural studies, and postmodernism, and the speculations of contemporary neuroscience regarding the unreliability of memory. I will offer an overview of my argument, focusing on the preoedipal turn in psychoanalytic theory and the significance of mourning as a personal. cultural, and political force for our time. In examining Freud's own theories and practices of mourning, I open a path for us, as his intellectual heirs, to mourn him.
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Madelon Sprengnether is a poet, memoirist, and literary critic and Regents Professor Emerita of the Department of English at the University of Minnesota. Her publications include The (M)other Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Interpretation (1985) and The Spectral Mother: Freud, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (1995). In addition, she has published three memoirs and three collections of poetry. Her most recent books are Great River Road: Memoir and Memory (2015), Near Solstice: Prose Poems (2015), and Mourning Freud (2018). She is also a regular blogger for Psychology Today. For more information, consult her website: www.madelonsprengnether.com
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