Fradenburg, L.O. Aranye

Professor Emeritus


Ph.D., New Center for Psychoanalysis, 2013
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1982

Aranye Fradenburg is Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Medieval Studies at UCSB, where she founded the English Department’s specialization in “Literature and the Mind.” She also holds a Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis from the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and taught at Dartmouth College before moving to UCSB. Her particular interests are psychoanalytic theory and practice, interdisciplinary study of the mind and the environment, biopoetics, and English and Scottish medieval literature. She has edited two essay collections, Women and Sovereignty (Edinburgh, 1994) and, with Carla Freccero, Premodern Sexualities (Routledge, 1996). She is the author of City, Marriage Tournament: Arts of Rule in Late Medieval Scotland (U. of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI, 1991); Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer (U. of Minnesota Press, 2002); Staying Alive: A Survival Manual for the Liberal Arts (punctum books: Brooklyn, NY, 2013) and many articles on a variety of topics from medieval literature to cognitive literary studies and psychoanalytic technique. Her work is the topic of Still Thriving, edited by Eileen A. Joy (punctum books: Brooklyn, NY, 2013). She is on the editorial board of several journals and a reviewer for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 

City, Marriage, Tournament:  Arts of Rule in Medieval Scotland:

Women and Sovereignty :

Premodern Sexualities:

Sacrifice Your Love:  Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer

Staying Alive:  A Survival Manual for the Liberal Arts:

Still Thriving:



South Hall 2708

Office Hours: 

Spring 18: Please email


(805) 8934622


Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


Literature and the Environment
Medieval Literature
Literature and the Mind
Theories of Gender and Sexualities

Research Interests: 

  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Mind
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Biopoetics
  • Gender, Race/Ethnicity and Sexuality Studies
  • English and Scottish Medieval Literature
  • The Humanities and the Public Sphere


Articles & Chapters: 

Dreaming in the Middle Ages: Chaucer and Freud, in The Posthistorical Middle Ages, eds. Scala and Federico (Palgrave, 2008).


Forthcoming Projects: 

"Mama's Boys," forthcoming in Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare, ed. Madhavi Menon (Duke, 2010)

"Beauty and Boredom in 'The Legend of Good Women'", (forthcoming in Exemplaria)

Projects (Initiatives, Grants, etc.): 

English Department Specialization in Literature and the Mind

Embodiment and Anxiety



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