Seminar VI: Desire and its Interpretation

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.”

Faculty: Benjamin Davidson, PhD
Date and Time: Bi-weekly on Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 PM, beginning Sept. 25
Location: Stanford University campus
Contact: Benjamin Davidson, PhD at
Fees: Free of charge