Graduate seminar on Gilles Deleuze and cultural studies

Graduate seminar on Gilles Deleuze and cultural studies

Academic year 2013-2014
Tuesday afternoons, 14.00-17.00
Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn , Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University.
Organised by: the OSL (Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies) with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University
Convened by: Professor Rosi Braidotti and Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University)
ECTS: 7.5
Registration: (details: see below)

With guest speaker Prof. Gregg Lambert ( Syracuse University)

The seminar consists of eight sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2013-14 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly (attendance will be registered) and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers. This year the Deleuze seminar will focus primarily on his philosophy of literature as developed in Deleuze’s last book publication: Essays Critical and Clinical to which we will add additional primary texts, notably Kafka and The Exhausted: Beckett. Starting with his ideas on literature and life we will focus every session on a major author of the recent past and see in what way Deleuze conceptualizes this authors writings and thus introduces us to a radically new theory of language. We will also be referring to selected sections of the Abécedaire  and other visual material.

Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available.

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION (Braidotti and Dolphijn)

September 17, 2013

Reading Material:
Essays Critical and Clinical :
The Introduction by Daniel W. Smith
Chapter 1. Literature and Life (CC)
Chapter 2. Introduction Rhizome (ATP)

Please consult L’ Abécédaire: 
(L of Literature; D for Desire and Q for Question)

SESSION 2: GUEST LECTURER Prof. Gregg Lambert (Syracuse University, USA)

October 1, 2013

Reading Material:
Essays Critical and Clinical:
Chapter 8. Whitman.
Chapter 9. What Children Say
Chapter 13. He Stuttered

Dialogues (with Claire Parnet) : ‘On the Superiority of Anglo-American Literature’.


October 29, 2013

Reading Material:
A Thousand Plateaus: Chapter 10, section:  ‘Memoirs of a Molecule’ (p.272-286)
The Deleuze Reader: Chapter 2: ‘On Becoming”; Chapter 16: ‘On Desire’.
The Deleuze Dictionary: Entries on : ‘Woman’; ‘Writing’; ‘Chaos’; ‘Percept + Literature’.

Deleuze’s class on Virginia Woolf:

SESSION 4: MELVILLE (Dolphijn and Braidotti)

December 3, 2013

Reading Material:
Essays Critical and Clinical:
10. Bartleby; or, The Formula (CC)
The Deleuze Reader: Chapter 6; Chapter 7 and Chapter 8.
The Deleuze Dictionary: Entries on : ‘Lines of Flight’; ‘Lines of Flight+Politics’. Literature’.

Please consult L’ Abécédaire:
(V for Voyage)

SESSSION 5:  KAFKA (Braidotti and Dolphijn)

January 21, 2014

Reading Material:
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: Kafka, Towards a Minor Literature
 The Deleuze Dictionary: Entries on : ‘Capture’;’Capture+Politics’. 

Please consult L’ Abécédaire:
(S for Style)

SESSION 6: ARTAUD (Dolphijn)

February 11, 2014

Reading Material:
Essays Critical and Clinical:
15. To Have Done with Judgment (CC)
The Deleuze Dictionary: Entries on : ‘Body’; ‘Bodies without Organs’; ‘Lines of Flight’.
A Thousand Plateaus:
6: November 28, 1947: How Do You Make Yourself A Body Without Organs?

Listen to Artaud’s Pour en finir avec le jugement de Dieu:

SESSION 7: D.H. LAWRENCE (Braidotti and Dolphijn)

March 18, 2014

Reading Material:
Essays Critical and Clinical:
6. Nietzsche and Saint Paul, Lawrence and John of Patmos (CC)

What is Philosophy?
Conclusion: From Chaos to the Brain


May 13, 2014

Reading Material: 
18. The Exhausted (CC)
The Deleuze Dictionary: Entries on : ‘Ethics’.

Please consult L’ Abécédaire:
(J for Joy)

For all information regarding this seminar please contact : OSL-fgw  or: .

Registration: Please send an e-mail, including a biographical text of up to 100 words stating your affiliation and motivation for the seminar, to Eloe Kingma,
Deadline for registration September 1st.