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ACS 782: Seminar in “Post-Marxism and its Discontents”: Culture, Materialism, and Geography, In and After Cultural Marxism II

We live in an era of crisis and hope. Riots, financial collapse, authoritarian state power, nationalist and white supremacists movements, massive global wealth disparities, ecological crisis, and the privatization of learning suggest some of the elements of this turbulent and precarious moment. Marxist theory and communism now emerge amid attempts to find alternative intellectual perspectives for this new conjuncture. In fact, even the capitalists are digging back through Marx for answers. At this moment, we return to the dominant threads of social theories following the 1968 revolutionary failure and key elements of Marxists and early revolutionary work simultaneously. The hope is to put the old in conversation with the new, to read the foundational texts of our time and the foundational texts of those texts. But, the goal is to do this after a long period of rejection for Marxian work in favor of post-structuralist and post-marxist projects. What intellectual priorities must be kept, revitalized, rethought, or invented for the current crisis? How can we read Marx again, not to find some authentic scriptural meaning (though, correcting misreadings is always a good idea!!) but to find new political openings? If the current crisis is the eruption of much older contradictions, what have been the failures of the last 40 years of intellectual leadership? Where do we go from here?!
Required Texts: (Weekly readings on blackboard)
         Jameson, Valences of the Dialectic (1844674630) Buck-Morse: Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History (9780822943402) Adorno/Horkheimer. Towards a New Manifesto (1844678199) Wood, Retreat from Class (1859842704) Deleuze/Guatari. Anti-Oedipus (0143105825) Deleuze/Guatari, Thousand Plateaus (0816614024) Hardt/Negri, Commonwealth (0674060288) Haraway: Simians, cyborgs, and women : the reinvention of nature (9780415903868) Marx, Capital, Volume 1. (0140445684)    Sanbonmatsu, John. The Postmodern Prince: Critical Theory, Left Strategy… (1583670904) Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature (New York: Oxford University Press, 1977). Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle (Rebel Press)

Optional Texts: (More listed at end)

Useful Resources - davidharvey.org/ - marxists.org - marx2mao.com - http://www.bopsecrets.org/ - http://libcom.org/

Sign up for at least four. Capital v. Karl. and Private Property and Labour. Course Summary. 3.huffingtonpost. Communism.philosophynow. 7 (see also Glossary). every week.com/. Althusser’s Lesson  Jim Glassman. Reading Capital (London: NLB. On Contradiction (http://www.1. The Power of Money.com/politics/blogs/nationalaffairs/van-jones-on-rebuilding-the-american-dream-20110623. S. (1985). Supplementary Readings (Old):  Marx. Chpt.P. Private Property and Communism. 1968). Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968. Van Jones ―American Dream‖ http://www. Chpts. (pp1-39). Adbusters ―post-postmodernism‖ http://www. Part 2 intro. Thompson. Representation. Louis Althusser. Archaeology of Knowledge (*). Part 1. For Marx (NY: Penguin.adbusters. depending) and continue to. The paper should critically explore an issue or the work of one of the authors from the course‘s required readings. pp. (3&4?) 4. Format your paper in the style of the journal. -Final Paper. Ideology: Althusser and the Post-Structuralist Debates. Afternote/Postscript.marxists.‖ Critical Studies in Mass Communication 2(2): 91-114.org/archive/id/46705. West and Smiley ―Poverty Tour‖ http://www.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume1/mswv1_17.  Contribute to the online glossary and annotated bibliography for the course. ―Signification. (1972 Conversation between Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze): http://libcom.htm) Supplementary Readings (New):  Hall. 1. Course Context. ―Rethinking Overdetermination. 2.  Prepare your own 1-2 page (single-spaced) discussions of the supplemental text(s) and its engagement with the course‘s required texts.rollingstone.‖ Antipode Week 3 (7-Sept) 1. Schedule (Subject to Change): Week 1 (25-Aug) Introductions: Discuss—(Timothy Brennan.org/issue58/The_Death_of_Postmodernism_And_Beyond. Nietzsche and Philosophy. interview re: Wars of Position) http://kpfa. http://rebuildthedream.  Also. Intro) 2. Karl.org/magazine/88 Week 2 (31-Aug) 1. freedom. Jacques. Resnick. South End Press. (2003). Materialism. 1978). and Wolff. Michel Foucault. (1-50. Louis Althusser. prepare a 15min group presentation (w/ a concise handout) for the class. 278-303).1 (―So-called Primitive Accumulation‖) Supplementary Readings (New):  Deleuze. 20-25 pages (35%) This should be a publishable paper but it should also engage with contemporary political issues that relate to themes from the course. Chapters * (Chpts.com/2011/08/08/tavis-smiley-cornel-west-cnn-carol-costello-obamapoverty_n_921162. Structural Power. Chpt 3… . 1844 Manuscripts (Estranged Labor.html. 8). pp.)  Mao.  Ranciere. I want you to develop a deep critical analysis of the changing approaches and conditions for the debate over Marxism. Daniel Singer. Michel Foucault. 1969). 3. 2 Requirements: -Participation and Attendance (30%) -Supplemental Readings Discussions (35%) Because these debates have progressed (or regressed. and Social Change: A Critique of Gibson-Graham. etc. 3. The Poverty of Theory (Merlin Press. ―the Death of Postmodernism‖ http://www. small groups of you will be leading discussions about the sets of supplemental readings and how they relate to the debates within the course.Postmarxism. Gilles (1962). E.org/library/intellectuals-power-aconversation-between-michel-foucault-and-gilles-deleuze. 2. (Preface. That is. Antipode. Supplementary Readings (Old):  Marx. Birth of Biopolitics (*).

 ―Sokal Affair‖ (http://physics. Chapter 1 (pp. 1.  Negri-on_gilles_deleuze_and. M.marxists. Chapters 1. Jean Baudrillard. ―Formations of ‗Foucault‘ in Anglo-American Geogrpahy‖ Hannah. Derrida. Supplementary Readings (Old):  Marx. Guy. NLR-1960 3. 6. A sense of classlessness 2.pp ix-25. Karl. Ecstasy of Comm. (2007). 9.‖ Valences.  Wood. 2. ―Biopower. Jean Baudrillard.… Supplementary Readings (New):  Brown. pp New Intro – p24  Macdonald-Deconstruction‘s Promise  Cusset.org/library/negri-on-foucault) Harvey. Retreat from Class.pdf  Jameson. Intro. Thousand Plateaus (*). 13 Supplementary Readings (Old):  Marx. Symbolic Exchange and Death (*). Supplementary Readings (Old): th  Marx. Chapter Intro. Life and Left Politics. 5. Supplementary Readings (Old):  Lenin. Intro: Foucault and Geography Week 4 (14-Sept) 1.nyu.htm . 18 Brumaire Supplementary Readings (New):  Jameson. Marxism and Deconstruction 2. 3       Negri. Env&Planning D. Ryan. Simulation and Simulacra (*).Chapters * (pp. Valences  Zizek. & Chapters 6. Baudrillard Unbound. Deleuze. Power without logic without Marx  Mitchell. Matt. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. (2001). Hall. *). Ecstasy of Communication (*). Specters of Marx (*). On the Jewish Question Supplementary Readings (New):  Bourg. Chapters 1-2 (pp.edu/sokal/) Week 5 (21-Sept) 1. Conclusion.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/index. 1-83). Society of the Spectacle. Hannah. Neoliberalism. Deleuze‘s Dualism. F. Chapter 1. Anti-Oedipus (*). Hard Road to Renewal (*). Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guatari. F. Matt. French Theory: How Foucault. Lie of the Land  Smith&Doel. Remarks on Marx. 2011. Capital v.Postmarxism. State and Revolution http://www. 10. 3. Week 7 (5-Oct) 1. Stuart Hall. ―Marx‘s Purloined Letter. Introduction. & Co. Julian. Wendy. Mirror of Production (*). Jean Baudrillard. 4. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States Week 6 (28-Sept) 1. *). Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guatari. *). Antonio (interview) ―Negri on Foucault‖ (http://libcom.Chapters * (pp.‖ Antipode Elden & Crampton.1 (Chpts 1-3)  Debord.Chapters Preface – p50.Jacques Derrida. Bodies Without Organs. Jean Baudrillard. From revolution to ethics: May 1968 and contemporary French thought. Hall.

"Power After Hegemony"  ―Language. Capital V. It could happen here.pdf Geras-Ex-Marxism-replyLM-NLR16502.  Some aspects of the Southern Question http://amadlandawonye.+Gramsci. Agency. *). Universality (―Intro. Marx at the Margins Week 9 10 (4-Nov) 1.com/1926.Chapter 4 (pp. Butler. Laclau&Moufe-POST-MARXISM WITHOUT APOLOGIES-NLR16205 + responses LM-PostMarxismWithoutApologies-NLR16205. Marx. 33 "The Modern Theory of Colonization" Supplementary Readings (Old):  Fanon.) Supplementary Readings (Old):  Antonio Gramsci.‖ ―Restaging. MR.) Antonio Gramsci: Selections from the Cultural Writings (Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 17-54.‖ ―Questions. Torture and Humanism  Green.3 (1999) 19-27 (http://muse. in David Forgacs and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (eds. 2. ―Resisting Left Melancholia‖ Boundary 2 26. Forgacs (Intro. Critique of Postcolonial Reason. 2. Gramsci Cannot Speak  Anderson.html)  Harvey. Hegemony. Misrecognition And Capitalism. Preface.. http://monthlyreview. Chpt 1. Laclau. 4  Trotsky. Can the Subaltern Speak?. Chpt 5. Judith Butler. Gender Trouble (Chpt 1 & Conclusion). Gayatri Spivak. Chpt. Gramsci Reader. 1985). Sources for Gramsci‘s Hegemony 2.pdf Geras-PostMarxism-replyLM-NLR15904.wikispaces.jhu. 6).org/commentary/it-could-happen-here Week 8 (12-Oct) 1. Towards a Gramscian International Labor Geography  Davidson. Fraser-Heterosexism.pdf Mouzelis-MarxismOrPostMarxism-replyLM-NLR16306. 3. Zizek.edu/journals/boundary/v026/26. Contingency. 3. The Uses and Abuses of Antonio Gramsci Week 11 9 (19-Oct) 1.pdf (Ernesto Laclau & Chantal Moufe. ―Desk-bound radical‖  Meyerson. Wretched of the Earth / retrospective Supplementary Readings (New):  Mohanty: Under Western Eyes Revisited  Gilroy. ―Proletarian Culture‖ (sections 1-12).‖ ―Class Struggle‖) 3. ―Double Reading of Gramsci beyond the logic of contingency‖  Don. The present condition…  Morton.Postmarxism. Fascism  Mussolini. Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. and Hegemony: A Gramscian Response to Post-Marxism‖  Glassman. What is Fascism? Supplementary Readings (New):  Wendy Brown.1.+Some+aspects+of+the+southern+questio n Supplementary Readings (New):  Lash. Greg. Spivak.A Response To Judith Butler-Nlr22407 .3brown.

translated by Rodney Livingstone). Week 10 11(26-Oct) 1. Grundrisse (selections) Supplementary Readings (New):  Postone  Olwig. really suck. & 8). Hegel. Ethics Supplementary Readings (New): st  Zizek. Commonwealth (*). pp. German Ideology Supplementary Readings (New):  Pile.  Feminist Response to Empire (New Left Review—Verso.‖ Transactions of the IBG. and Women (Intro. Susan Buck-Morse. Supplementary Readings (New):  Hall. Supplementary Readings (Old):  Spinoza. (1992). STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION-----------------Week 12 (10-Nov) 1. 5 Supplementary Readings (Old):  Georg Lukács.Chapters * (pp. 7. Simians. Donna Haraway. Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri.‖ from History and Class Consciousness: Studies in Marxist Dialectics (Cambridge: MIT Press. Chpts 1.Thanksgiving Week 15 (1-Dec) 1. 1 as Tragedy (pdf)  Harvey: An Exchange. Who needs identity…  ―Subjectivity after Judith butler‖  Wilchins. (2008). Supplementary Readings (Old):  Marx. Representation and Alienation in the political landscape  New Materialism  Latour Week 14 (24-Nov) No Class. ―Politics of Affect‖  Gilles Deleuze. *).Postmarxism. Supplementary Readings (Old):  Marx. 83-214. ―why identity politics really. 1968. The Soul at Work.‖  Clive Barnet.. ―Reification and the consciousness of the proletariat. ―Political affects in public space: normative blind-spots in non-representational ontologies. Haiti.‖  Reecia. Body. ―Emotions and affect in recent human geography‖  Ruddick. ―Postscript on the Societies of Control. Cyborgs. Debating Empire) Week 13 (18-Nov) 1. Bifo. and Universal History Supplementary Readings (Old):  TBA Supplementary Readings (New):  TBA . -----------BELOW.

Postmarxism. FINAL PAPERS DUE . 6 Wednesday 16-December.

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