Private Romeo

The film Private Romeo shows two male cadets falling in love as they speak the lines of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. While intended as an affirmative depiction of gay love without any homophobia, the film for three reasons has the… Continue Reading


After a six-year run, Digressions: Amsterdam Journal of Critical Theory, Cultural Analysis, and Creative Writing is closing down. You can find all content on the open-access platform Zenodo. Thank you to all the editors and authors for your contributions!  … Continue Reading

Comics Narratology

There exists a tradition of sustained critical engagement with narratology in the field of comics studies, most profoundly so in Thierry Groensteen’s The System of Comics (1999) and Comics and Narration (2011), and most recently so in Kai Mikkonen’s The… Continue Reading

On the Flick

The On the Flick film club watches and discusses movies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. All are welcome! Drinks and snacks are provided for.   19 June 2018: The Truman Show 16 May 2018: El espíritu de la colmena 7 March… Continue Reading

The Matrix

On Monday, 9 October 2017, from 3.30 p.m. till 5.15 p.m., in room HG-13A33, dr. Roel van den Oever will chair a discussion on the various critical theoretical traditions referred to in the film The Matrix (The Wachowskis, 1999). All… Continue Reading