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Brenda Webster

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Brenda Webster was born in New York City, educated at Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her Ph.D. She is a freelance writer, critic, and translater who splits her time between Berkeley and Rome, and she is the current president of PEN West.

Her latest novel, VIENNA TRIANGLE, explores the loves and rivalries in Sigmund Freud's inner circle that led to the death of his disciple Viktor Tausk.

Webster has written two controversial and oft-anthologized critical studies, Yeats: A Psychoanalytic Study (Stanford University Press) and Blake's Prophetic Psychology (Macmillan), and translated poetry from the Italian for The Other Voice (Norton) and The Penguin Book of Women Poets. She is c
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Freudianism is on the wane these days with a plethera of other therapies and drugs taking its place, but an area where it still makes sense is in literary criticism. I started introducing Psychoanalysis into my work in college, mainly looking for phallic symbols. By the time I was in graduate school I had extended my reach to pre-oedipal fantasies, oral and anal images and defenses.

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Published on February 25, 2009 10:30 • 262 views • Tags: fiction, freud, psychoanalysis
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Vienna Triangle

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After Auschwitz: A Love Story

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The Beheading Game

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Sins of the Mothers

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Blake's Prophetic Psychology

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"Love in the Face of Loss

The narrator of Brenda Webster’s novel After Auschwitz: A Love Story is Renzo, an 88-year-old Italian film director whose wife Hannah spent her adolescence at Auschwitz. Renzo is experiencing both the physical infirmities o..." Read more of this review »
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A mad romp of a fiction. The heirs to the throne of a nordic country have a mysterious disease which turns out to be syphilis. An alluring negresse with a forked tongue and a white seamstress bond as they try to find a way to live free.A villain with ...more
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Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
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He writes like an angel even when writing about the most distressing things. Marvelous sensual scenes.
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Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
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Quei giorni a Berlino by Lilli Gruber
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"Freud in the Middle

Vienna Triangle, by Brenda Webster, is an extremely well-researched historical novel. Although it is set in the present day, relationships among the members of Freud’s inner circle are explored through interviews, diaries, and t..." Read more of this review »
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Maria Espinosa Hi Brenda,
Totally bemused, I am entering yet another website here. How it works - god knows. (everyone else seems to know...but there is so much to figure out. it takes forever. the books we read,yes...


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