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FREUD’S BAR: Tickling the Unconscious

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Program Title: Mourning Freud
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 06:30pm
Presenter: Madelon Sprengnether, PhD
Moderator: Dorian S. Newton, PhD
Member, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
Location: East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
(2 blocks south of the Rockridge BART Station)
Program Fee: Free

In Mourning Freud (Bloomsbury Academic 2018), Madelon Sprengnether, PhD examines the losses of Freud’s early life and their impact on his theorizing. Freud endured serious losses throughout the years, including the deaths of his daughter Sophie and his grandson Heinerle; a cancer which resulted in the piecemeal destruction of his mouth; and his forced emigration to England.

Freud died at Maresfield Gardens on September 23, 1939, three weeks after Hitler’s invasion of Poland. What if he had lived longer? How might he have reacted to the traumas of World War II, including the deaths of four of his sisters in the Holocaust?

Join us for a thoughtful conversation with Professor Sprengnether, as we explore how psychoanalysis has developed post-Freud and how Freud himself might have extended his thinking into the 21st century.

Madelon Sprengnetheris, PhDMadelon Sprengnetheris a poet, memoirist, and literary critic and Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota.Her publications include The (M)other Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Interpretation, Shakespearean Tragedy and Gender, and The Spectral Mother: Freud, Feminism and Psychoanalysis. In addition, she has published three memoirs and three collections of poetry. Her most recent book is Mourning Freud (Bloomsbury Academic 2018). She also blogs for Psychology Today.