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Fall 2019 Spanish UN3415 section 001
MARX AT THE MARGINS

Call Number 47802
Day & Time
Location
MW 4:10pm-5:25pm
206 Casa Hispánica
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Karen Benezra
Type LECTURE
Method of Instruction Classroom
Course Description Peruvian social thinker José Carlos Mariátegui called for the invention of a Latin American Marxism that would serve as “neither blueprint nor copy” (ni calco ni copia) of its European forbearers. Rather than studying the reception of Marxist theory in Latin America, this course will examine the ways in which leftist thinkers and artists produced new theories and forms in an attempt to respond to the historic specificity of the social processes and political movements around them. Beginning with the evolution of Marx’s own thought on the potential for socialist revolution in Latin America, we will read and analyze social theory, narrative, film and ethnography in order to grasp the disjunctive and overlapping historical temporalities and social forms that characterize the articulation of capitalism in Latin America, as well as the unique political movements and theories that responded to it. In so doing, we will address questions such as the role of Spanish colonialism in the birth of the global capitalism; the co-existence and transformation of pre-capitalist and capitalist societies; the question of the nation as ideology and as political tool; the relationship between economic underdevelopment and political insurrection; and the dynamics of exploitation and political organization contemporarily. Authors to be studied include Marx, Martí, Mariátegui, Zavaleta Mercado, García Linera and Svampa, among others.
Web Site Vergil
Department Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Enrollment 5 students (15 max) as of 4:03PM Friday, February 28, 2020
Subject Spanish
Number UN3415
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20193SPAN3415W001

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