Monday 4.30 (West 1001)
Professor Paul Smith
Office hours by appointment
August 27th is our introductory
class and, because of Labor Day,
Sept 10th is the first full session. We will then meet every Monday, except that,
as per the university calendar, we will meet Tuesday October 9th
instead of October 8th. Last class is December 3rd and any work
to be graded will be due no later than 10 days after that final class.
The semester will be divided into four
modules of different lengths.
Assessment will be based on two 10-page essays (which may be done
collaboratively with other class members) on topics arising from any
of the modules and which will have been pre-approved by me.
MODULE ONE (4 weeks)
Jameson: “Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture,” “Postmodernism,” “Culture
and Finance Capital,
” “Class and Allegory in Contemporary Mass Culture: Dog Day Afternoon as a Political Film,” “
Utopia as Replication,” “Globalization as a Philosophical Issue,” “Globalization as a Political Issue,” and
Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One
MODULE TWO (2 weeks)
MODULE THREE (4 weeks)
Kevin Anderson, Marx at the Margins, Bruno Bosteels, Marx and Freud in
Kevin Floyd, The Reification of Desire, along with selections from Silvia
Federici, Caliban and the Witch, Kathi Weeks, The Problem with Work, and Rosemary
Hennessy, Profit and Pleasure, and Greg Meyerson, "Rethinking Black Marxism"
MODULE FOUR (3 weeks)
Chris Harman, Zombie Capitalism:
Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx, EndNotes
issue #2, "Misery and the Value Form,” and selections from “Culture and Crisis,” a special issue of Cultural Logic.