We’ll spend the year in a close reading of Bruce Fink’s new translation of Lacan’s 1958-9 seminar, centering on a structural analysis of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a play described by Lacan as a “tragedy of desire” elucidating the “bird-catcher’s net” of clinical experience in which desire, “articulated according to the coordinates of Freud, Oedipus and castration,” “becomes its own interpretation.”

The seminar speaks directly to the salience of Lacanian practice in a milieu in which, as in that depicted in Hamlet, human subjects encounter the anguishing lack of a guarantor of truth in any Other and, in the words of Marcelle Marini, the “impossibility of finding solid identificatory bearings when the Law becomes seduction.”

The group will meet biweekly on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the Stanford University campus, beginning September 25.

For more information contact Ben Davidson (
Faculty: Benjamin Davidson, PhD
Meeting Dates and Time: Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 p.m., bi-weekly, starting September 25.
Location: Stanford University campus
Contact: Benjamin Davidson, PhD at
Fees: free of charge