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Marxism & the Interpretation of Culture at 25: Theories for the New Millennium

a faculty/grad seminar and a February 8 symposium celebrating the 25th anniversary of Marxism & the Interpretation of Culture

Marxism & the Interpretation of Culture at 25 is a faculty/grad seminar organized by the Unit for Criticism to create an interdisciplinary conversation about the history of Marxist theory and its future for the new millennium. Your hosts for the seminar—as well as the organizers of the Marxism & the Interpretation of Culture at 25 symposium—are Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Director of the Unit for Criticism/English) and Michael Rothberg (Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies/English)

All meetings are on Monday nights from 8:00-10:00pm at the IPRH Building (lower-level), 805 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana. All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2013, Goodlad. Please email unitcritra@gmail.com with any questions about readings.

Monday, January 21
Session Co-Leaders: Ericka Beckman (Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, Comparative & World Literature), Peter Garrett (English), Jim Hansen (English)

Gopal Balakrishnan, "Speculations on the Stationary State," New Left Review 59 (2009): 5-59.

Carolyn Lesjak, "Reading Dialectically," Essay forthcoming in Criticism(2013): 1-47.

Shu-mei Shih, "Comparison as Relation," in Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses, eds. Rita Felski and Susan Friedman, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, forthcoming in 2013, 1-32.

Monday, February 4
Session Co-Leaders: Tariq O. Ali (History), Christopher Freeburg (English), Emanuel Rota (Spanish, Italian & Portuguese)

Laura Chrisman, "Whose Black World Is This Anway? Black Atlantic and Transnational Studies after The Black Atlantic," in New Perspectives on The Black Atlantic: Definitions, Readings, Practices, Dialogues, eds. Bénédicte Ledent and Pilar Cuder-Domínguez, Bern, Germany: Peter Lang, 2012, 23-57.

David Kazanjian, "Hegel, Liberia: A Review of Susan Buck-Morss' Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History," Diacritics 40.1 (Spring 2012): 6-41.

Nikhil Singh, "Racial Formation in an Age of Permanent War," in Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century, eds. Daniel Martinez HoSang, Oneka LaBennett and Laura Pulido, Los Angeles: U of California P, 2012. 276-301.



Highlights from Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture

Lawrence Grossberg and Cary Nelson, "Introduction: The Territory of Marxism," in Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, eds. Lawrence Grossberg and Cary Nelson, Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1988. 1-16.

Fredric Jameson, "Cognitive Mapping," in Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, eds. Lawrence Grossberg and Cary Nelson, Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1988, 347-360.

Ernesto Laclau, "Metaphor and Social Antagonisms," in Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, eds. Lawrence Grossberg and Cary Nelson, Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1988, 249-258.



Optional Additional Readings:

Timothy Brennan, "Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, and Paul Nizan: Communist Novelist (review)," Modern Fiction Studies 35.2 (1989): 367-370.

David Harvey, "Commonwealth: an exchange." Artforum International 48.3 (2009): 210+. Academic OneFile. Web. 17 Jan. 2013.

Michael Heinrich, "Chap. 3: Value, Labor, Money," in An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx's Capital, New York: Monthly Review, 2012.

Fredric Jameson, "Ch. 16: Utopia as Replication," in Valences of the Dialectic, New York: Verso, 2010. 410-434.

---, "Ch. 5: Capital in Its Space," in Representing Capital: a commentary of volume one, New York: Verso, 2011. 109-126

David Kazanjian, "The Speculative Freedom of Colonial Liberia," American Quarterly 63.4 (December 2011): 863-893.

Andrew Parker, "Futures for Marxism: An Appreciation of Althusser," Diacritics, 15.4 (1985): 57-72 .

Jennifer Pitts, "A Liberal Geoculture?" in New Left Review 78 (2012): 136-144.