CMLT679A - Topics in Comparative Studies; Marxism and Its Afterlives
0101 - Orrin Wang

Marxism and Its Aftelives: An in-depth survey of the Marxist vocabulary for understanding cultural, literary, artistic, and socio-historic practice.  We will start with readings of Marx and move on to Marxism’s main theoretical traditions from the Continent, England, and the United States exploring the meanings of such key Marxist terms as ideology, the commodity, modernity, neo-liberalism, and globalization.  The seminar will include Marxism’s past and contemporary encounters with post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism, race theory, and the new materialisms.  Some of the thinkers we might read: Lukacs, Benjamin, Adorno, Althusser, Williams, Habermas, Jameson, Zizek, Laclau and Mouffe, Derrida, Spivak, Harraway, Dean, Ranciere and Badiou.  Course Assignments: presentations, a short paper, and a seminar length research paper.