The Department of German at NYU and Deutsches Haus at NYU present a talk by Professor Elisabeth Bronfen, who will speak on “To Stop and to See. The Problem of Abdication in King Lear and Succession." The creators of the TV drama Succession have been vocal about their debt to Shakespeare, feeding some of his most recognizable citations into the screenplay. Focusing only on the resuscitation of King Lear, my talk, in turn, offers a textual triangulation by including Stanley Cavell’s idiosyncratic reading of this tragedy in the conversation. The connection this opens between seriality and tragedy revolves around the repetition compulsion of shaming and the inability to acknowledge the fragility of power, and as such asks what it would take to avoid the tragic demise of a family.