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Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife

22. Frau Freud

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In this module, we think about the twenty-second poem in the collection, 'Frau Freud', focusing in particular on: (i) the figures of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the founder of psychoanalysis, and Monica Lewinsky (1973-), who had an "inappropriate relationship" with President Bill Clinton between 1995-96; and (ii) Duffy's enjoyment of language and rhyme, which we also saw in 'Thetis'.


In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1999 collection, 'The World's Wife'. After a brief introduction to the collection as a whole, the course continue with a read-through and analysis of each of the thirty poems in the collection, one by one.


John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.

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McRae, J. (2020, April 28). Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife - Frau Freud [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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McRae, J. "Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife – Frau Freud." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 28 Apr 2020,