AAS 402
Marxist Feminisms: Race, Performance, Labor Fall 2024
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 402 / AMST 402

Class Details

This seminar provides an overview of queer, black and women of color feminist, decolonial, and critical ethnic studies critiques of orthodox Marxism. Beginning with core texts from the tradition, including Capital Volume I, we will examine a range of social positions and modes of extraction that complicate Marx’s emphasis on the white male industrial factory worker. Every week, we will focus on texts that foreground conditions of reproduction, racial slavery, care and domestic work, indentured servitude, immigrant labor, land expropriation, and sex work among others. Throughout the seminar and specifically at the close of it, we will turn to critical perspectives and aesthetic practices that not only respond to these conditions but also incite new social relations and ways of being in the world. As such, this seminar will equip students with critical understandings of how racial capitalism has fundamentally relied on the mass elimination, capture, recruitment, and displacement of different racialized, gendered, and abled bodies in and beyond the U.S. as well as how the capitalist system of value and life under these conditions can and must be undone and reimagined.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1444
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in-class participation, presentation, weekly posts, paper, and final project (paper, community resource distribution proposal, and creative project options)
Prerequisites: AMST 101, AMST/AAS 125, or similar courses
Enrollment Preferences: AMST and WGSS juniors and seniors, AAS concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AAS 402 Division II WGSS 402 Division II AMST 402 Division II
WS Notes: In addition to weekly posts, students will engage a longer process of writing and sharing a presentation paper with the class, give/receive feedback, and submit a revised paper.
DPE Notes: This course satisfies the DPE requirement as it explores difference, power, and equity by asking how racial, gendered, sexual, and class differences are produced, whose voices are centered and whose are excluded, and what forms of labor are valued/devalued over others.
Attributes: AAS Capstone
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
AMST 400-level Senior Seminars
WGSS Theory Courses

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