Down the Rabbit-Hole

Alice drawingWe imagine that grappling with challenging theoretical texts and insights is comparable to Alice falling down the rabbit-hole – there is no clear trajectory, no end in sight, yet the experience of falling is not only anxiety-inducing but also strangely pleasant. Nonetheless, falling together might be just a tad more comfortable, hence we have created Down the Rabbit-Hole to jointly read and discuss critical theory together.

You can find our program for the academic year 2016/2017 below. Please join us if you feel like falling into theory.


Session 1: Friday, 28 October 2016, 5.30 p.m. till 7 p.m., room HG-14A20

The Body, Language, and Performativity

Chair: dr. Roel van den Oever

  • Felman, Shoshana. The Scandal of the Speaking Body: Don Juan with J. L. Austin, or Seduction in Two Languages. 1980. Stanford UP, 2002.


Session 2: Friday, 23 December 2016, 5.30 p.m. till 7 p.m., room HG-14A20

After Postmodernism?

Chair: Ben van der Wal

  • Brill, Susan B. Wittgenstein and Critical Theory: Beyond Postmodernism and Toward Descriptive Investigations. Ohio UP, 1995.


Session 3: Friday, 24 February 2017, 5.30 p.m. till 7 p.m., room HG-12A22

Literature and Psychoanalysis

Chair: Anne Verhoef

  • Felman, Shoshana. Jacques Lacan and the Adventure of Insight: Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture. Harvard UP, 1987.


Session 4: Friday, 21 April 2017, 5.30 p.m. till 7 p.m., room HG-12A32

Narrative and Agency

Chair: Amber Witsenburg

  • Beckman, Frida. “Becoming Pawn: Alice, Arendt and the New in Narrative.” Journal of Narrative Theory, vol. 44, no. 1, 2014, pp. 1-28.
  • Kristeva, Julia. Hannah Arendt: Life Is a Narrative. Translated by Frank Collins, U of Toronto P, 2001.
  • Butler, Judith. “An Account of Oneself.” Giving an Account of Oneself, by Butler, Fordham UP, 2005, pp. 3-40.


Session 5: Friday, 30 June 2017, 5.30 p.m. till 7 p.m., room HG-12A32

Imperialism and the English Language


  • Bivona, Daniel. “Alice the Child-Imperialist and the Games of Wonderland.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 41, no. 2, 1986, pp. 143-71.
  • Lecercle, Jean-Jacques. A Marxist Philosophy of Language. Translated by Gregory Elliott, Brill, 2006.