THEA 402
Marxist Feminisms: Race, Performance, and Labor Spring 2023
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed THEA 402 / WGSS 402 / AMST 402 / AFR 329

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This course offers 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 explore a range of social positions and forms of labor that complicate Marx’s emphasis on the white male industrial factory worker. Each unit, we will study seminal texts that center reproduction, racial slavery, care and domestic work, indentured servitude, sex work, and migrant labor, in addition to an array of queer and feminist performances that respond and offer strategies to survive under racial capitalism. This course will equip students with critical understandings of the ways racial capitalism has centrally relied on the mass 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 reimagined.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3055
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: In-class discussion, short weekly reading posts, class presentation, final paper
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: WGSS majors and students with experience in American Studies or performance studies coursework
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 402 Division I WGSS 402 Division II AMST 402 Division II AFR 329 Division II
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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