Marxist Theory: Reproduction
This course will focus on theories of reproduction--human reproduction and reproduction of the relations of production. It will chart the relationship between classical Marxism, Marxist feminism, and feminist theories of the reproduction of human chattel, racial formations, national formations, and laboring populations. We will examine the centrality of reproduction--as concept, metaphor, and material process--to the expansion of capitalism over time. The course will be useful to students interested in Marxist theory, feminist theory, slavery studies, and the historical evolution of Marxist and feminist thought. Readings will include Marx and Engels, Louis Althusser, Luce Irigaray, Maria Mies, Silvia Federici, Shulamith Firestone, Etienne Balibar, Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, Jennifer Morgan and Sasha Turner as well as others. Depending on student interest, we may also take up one or two exemplary literary works to deepen our understanding of the idea of "theory" (versus "literature"), experiment with setting theory to work, and practice drawing theory from the literary text.