AFR 329
Marxist Feminisms: Race, Performance, and Labor Spring 2023
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 402 / THEA 402 / AMST 402
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This seminar provides an overview of queer, women of color feminist, decolonial, and critical ethnic studies critiques of orthodox Marxism. Beginning with core texts from the tradition, we will examine a range of forms of labor and social positions that complicate Marx’s emphasis on the white male industrial factory worker. In the first part of the seminar, we will study seminal texts that center reproduction, racial slavery, care and domestic work, indentured servitude, sex work, and migrant labor, and in the second half, we will turn to an array of practices that respond to and offer strategies to survive under racial capitalism. This seminar will equip students with critical understandings of the ways racial capitalism has centrally relied on the mass elimination, capture, and recruitment of different racialized and gendered bodies in and beyond the U.S. and how, through performance, the capitalist system of value and life under these conditions can be undone and reimagined.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3054
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in-class discussion, short weekly posts, class presentation, final project
Prerequisites: previous coursework in AMST, WGSS, AFR, THEA, or LATS
Enrollment Preferences: senior AMST majors; juniors or seniors with previous experience in AMST, WGSS, AFR, and THEA
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 402 Division II THEA 402 Division I AMST 402 Division II AFR 329 Division II
WS Notes: Students will present on and submit a 5-8 pg paper that rigorously analyzes and expands on a keyword. They will receive detailed feedback from me and one other student regarding grammar, structure, style, and argument. Using written and classroom feedback, students will then revise and resubmit their keyword papers to add to our final classroom keyword toolbox. For the final assignment, students will have the option to write a 8-10 page final research paper or manifesto.
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 is valued over other forms.
Attributes: WGSS Theory Courses

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