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Symposium: New Directions for Shakespeare and Psychoanalytic Studies – Opening Plenary by Dominique Scarfone

Date: Fri. February 28th, 2020, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Bellflower Hall Room 102, 11427 Bellflower Road


The discipline of Shakespeare studies has always been deeply intertwined with the study of the mind. The founding of psychoanalysis can be dated to Sigmund Freud’s reading of Hamlet in 1897, and psychoanalytic theorists continued to draw examples from Shakespeare as they expanded upon Freud’s initial concepts throughout the century that followed. Likewise, psychoanalytic theory provided the foundation for many of the major works of twentieth-century Shakespearean criticism.

Please join us for a unique symposium, bringing together both literary scholars and therapeutic practitioners, to consider what is next for the study of Shakespeare and psychoanalysis. We expect a vibrant discussion about the points of contact between the study of Shakespeare and of clinical practice. Together, we hope to consider the current status of Shakespeare in psychoanalytic studies, the place of psychoanalysis in Shakespeare studies, and the future of both disciplines.

The symposium opens with this plenary address by Dominique Scarfone.  A reception will immediately follow.

Dominique Scarfone. Dr. Scarfone is a former professor in the Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal, and he is currently a training and supervising analyst at the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. A former Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, he has published and lectured extensively internationally. He is the author of many books, including The Unpast: The Actual Unconscious and Laplanche: An Introduction.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center and is free and open to the public. Registration requested



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