WGSS 402
Marxist Feminisms: Race, Performance, and Labor
Last Offered Spring 2023
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed THEA 402 / AFR 329 / AMST 402
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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 particularly 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#: 3056
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:
THEA 402 Division I AFR 329 Division II WGSS 402 Division II AMST 402 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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  • WGSS 402 - SEM Marxist Feminisms
    WGSS 402 SEM Marxist Feminisms
    Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
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