FRENCH 444 - Readings in French and Francophone Studies (in English Translation)
Section: 001 Comparative Marxism
Term: FA 2019
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
One course in FRENCH numbered 240 or above.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course seeks to familiarize students with the complex and multifaceted tradition of Marxist theory and practice while also tracing Marxism’s role in some of today’s most vibrant political movements. Our comparative approach will consider classical texts like The Communist Manifesto and State and Revolution alongside lesser-known but no less important works by Latin American and Caribbean writers and intellectuals. Instead of working toward a single definition of Marxism, we will explore the history of heterodox experimentation with the tradition’s most basic categories, always mindful of the continuities and discontinuities between different “Marxisms.” This necessarily interdisciplinary course will incorporate readings and discussions that span philosophy, literature, history, and politics. Special focus will be directed at Marxist analyses that attend to (and also sometimes fail to attend to) the interpenetration of class, race, and gender. Key figures for the course include: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, V. I. Lenin, Georg Lukács, Rosa Luxemburg, Clara Zetkin, Antonio Gramsci, Mao Tse-Tung, Louis Althusser, Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, José Carlos Mariátegui, José María Arguedas, Subcomandante Marcos, Álvaro García Linera, Raquel Guttiérez, and Silvia Federici.

This course will be conducted in English. Some reading knowledge of Spanish and/or French is encouraged but not obligatory as all texts will be available in translation. This course counts toward the Spanish major or minor requirement as a Spanish 400-level course (elective). This course counts toward the French major or minor requirements as a course taught in English above the 300-level.

FRENCH 444 - Readings in French and Francophone Studies (in English Translation)
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: This class will be meeting-with Spanish 445 in Fall 2019.
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