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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Sean Cashbaugh

PhD

Doctoral Student

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Interests

Cultures of Radicalism, Political Aesthetics, Popular Culture, Cinema Studies, Science Fiction, Underground Art

AMS 311S • Marxism And American Culture

30855 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm GAR 0.120
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Throughout the twentieth century, Marxism has been cast as subversively un-American and as a threat to individuals living in America. Yet this ignores Marxism's long history in American political, social, and cultural life. Many Americans have embraced Marxism in diverse ways since the late 1800s, seeing it as a mode of political analysis and engagement, as well as a theoretical approach to history and art. In this course, students will explore these processes and examine how Americans have understood and transformed Marxism in light of their distinct experiences and political goals. In the first of three units, we will examine key writings by Karl Marx, paying close attention to key concepts later revised. In unit two, through analysis of philosophical tracts, speeches, literature, other primary documents, and secondary readings, we will investigate the ways individuals and groups have understood these ideas and sought to make them their own, processes entwined with ideologies of class, race, gender, and nation. Having thought about Marxism in this sense, in unit three we will turn our eyes towards aesthetics and think through Marxism, asking how seemingly unrelated elements of American culture such as film, literature, and drama relate to the ideas explored all semester.

                               

Requirements

3 Reading Responses, 15%

Auto-Critique, 10%

Auto-Critique Revision, 10%

Essay 1, 20%

Essay 2, 25%

Discussion, 10%

Reading Quizzes, 10%

 

Possible Texts

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx, excerpts from Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Karl Marx , excerpts from Capital

Tillie Olsen, Yonnondio:  From the Thirties

Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty

Various articles, essays, primary documents, and book excerpts to be posted on Blackboard.

Short films to be placed on Reserve

 

Flag(s): Writing

AMS 311S • Marxism And American Culture

31075 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am BUR 228
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Throughout the twentieth century, Marxism has been cast as subversively un-American and as a threat to individuals living in America. Yet this ignores Marxism's long history in American political, social, and cultural life. Many Americans have embraced Marxism in diverse ways since the late 1800s, seeing it as a mode of political analysis and engagement, as well as a theoretical approach to history and art. In this course, students will explore these processes and examine how Americans have understood and transformed Marxism in light of their distinct experiences and political goals. In the first of three units, we will examine key writings by Karl Marx, paying close attention to key concepts later revised. In unit two, through analysis of philosophical tracts, speeches, literature, other primary documents, and secondary readings, we will investigate the ways individuals and groups have understood these ideas and sought to make them their own, processes entwined with ideologies of class, race, gender, and nation. Having thought about Marxism in this sense, in unit three we will turn our eyes towards aesthetics and think through Marxism, asking how seemingly unrelated elements of American culture such as film, literature, and drama relate to the ideas explored all semester.

                   

Requirements

3 Reading Responses, 15%

Auto-Critique, 10%

Auto-Critique Revision, 10%

Essay 1, 20%

Essay 2, 25%

Discussion, 10%

Reading Quizzes, 10%

 

Possible Texts

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx, excerpts from Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Karl Marx , excerpts from Capital

Tillie Olsen, Yonnondio:  From the Thirties

Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty

Various articles, essays, primary documents, and book excerpts to be posted on Blackboard.

Short films to be placed on Reserve

 

Flag(s): Writing

AMS 311S • Marxism And American Culture

30720 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 228
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Throughout the twentieth century, Marxism has been cast as subversively un-American and as a threat to individuals living in America. Yet this ignores Marxism's long history in American political, social, and cultural life. Many Americans have embraced Marxism in diverse ways since the late 1800s, seeing it as a mode of political analysis and engagement, as well as a theoretical approach to history and art. In this course, students will explore these processes and examine how Americans have understood and transformed Marxism in light of their distinct experiences and political goals. In the first of three units, we will examine key writings by Karl Marx, paying close attention to key concepts later revised. In unit two, through analysis of philosophical tracts, speeches, literature, other primary documents, and secondary readings, we will investigate the ways individuals and groups have understood these ideas and sought to make them their own, processes entwined with ideologies of class, race, gender, and nation. Having thought about Marxism in this sense, in unit three we will turn our eyes towards aesthetics and think through Marxism, asking how seemingly unrelated elements of American culture such as film, literature, and drama relate to the ideas explored all semester.

                               

Requirements

3 Reading Responses, 15%

Auto-Critique, 10%

Auto-Critique Revision, 10%

Essay 1, 20%

Essay 2, 25%

Discussion, 10%

Reading Quizzes, 10%

 

 

Possible Texts

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx, excerpts from Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Karl Marx , excerpts from Capital

Tillie Olsen, Yonnondio:  From the Thirties

Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty

James Boggs, The American Revolution:  Pages from a Negro Worker's Notebook

 

Various articles, essays, primary documents, and book excerpts to be posted on Blackboard.

Short films to be placed on Reserve

 

Flag(s): Writing

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