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 three memoirs, Great River Road, Crying at the Movies andRivers, 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 Duluthand The Normal Heart.
She is also a feminist psychoanalytic critic and theorist, whose collections of criticismThe (M)other Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Criticism andShakespearean Tragedy and Gender have had major impact in their fields. Her bookThe 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 most recent books are Great River Road: Memoir and Memory and Near Solstice: Prose Poems.