Lacan Circle Seminar

Lacan Goes to the Theatre







Lacan Goes to the Theatre

Presented by Russell Grigg


Ten Saturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm
From this Saturday 20th August
Melbourne time AEST UTC + 10
Kathleen Syme Centre, Carlton
or by Zoom, and recorded


This semester we will explore Lacan’s commentary on two of the greatest plays:
Hamlet in Seminar VI, Desire and Its Interpretation, and
Antigone in Seminar VII, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis.


Lacan gives a novel and significant reading of both these plays, but the interest for psychoanalysis goes much further than a new look at two iconic plays. In Hamlet Lacan finds an opportunity to explore the question of mourning and its deep relationship with desire. In his commentary on Antigone, Lacan elaborates what he calls “the essence of tragedy” in order to raise the question of nothing less than the aims and ethics of psychoanalysis.


Over ten weeks we will discuss the seven chapters in Desire and Its Interpretation devoted to Hamlet
and the three chapters Lacan allocates to Antigone in The Ethics of Psychoanalysis.


Clinicians, trainees, scholars and students of psychoanalysis
with an interest in the Lacanian orientation are welcome to enrol.
Seminars welcome and encourage discussion and debate.


This seminar will be presented over ten weeks:


Saturday 20 August
Saturday 27 August
Saturday 3 September
Saturday 10 September
Saturday 17 September
Saturday 24 September
Saturday 1 October
(Time change here to AEDT UTC+11)

Saturday 8 October
Saturday 15 October
Saturday 22 October
Saturday 29 October (if required)



We will meet in person at the Kathleen Syme Centre in Melbourne,
and we hope you can join us! We will also broadcast live by Zoom,

and all sessions will be recorded.



Russell Grigg PhD studied and lectured in the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII. He is a member of the Lacan Circle of Australia, the École de la Cause freudienne, the New Lacanian School, and the World Association of Psychoanalysis.


Contact Russell here with any queries
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Lacan Goes to the Theatre

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