The purpose of this course is to gain a comprehensive understanding of Marxist critical & cultural theory from Marx to Postmodernism.
Section 1: Understanding Hegel & the Dialectic
To gain a basic understanding of Hegel & his ideas of Absolute Spirit, the Dialectic and other fundamental ideas from the POS.
Section 2: Understanding Marx
To gain a clear understanding of Marx’s ideas about Capital, Class Struggle, Superstructure, Infrastructure, Dialectical Materialism, Absolute Spirit and other ideas / ideology related to the grand narrative.
Section 3: Lukacs, Gramsci and the development of Western Marxist Theory
To gain a clear understanding of both Gramsci and Lukacs’ criticisms and readings of Marx and their ideas in regards to the development of contemporary critical theory.
Georg Lukacs, The Lukacs Reader
Georg Lukacs, History and Class Consciousness
Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Antonio Gramsci, The Antonio Gramsci Reader: Writings 1916-1935
Section 4: The Frankfurt School
To gain an understanding of the full development of Marxian Critical Theory in the work of the first true cultural critics, Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer and Marcuse.
Theodor Adorno, The Adorno Reader
Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry
Theodor Adorno, Aesthetic Theory
Walter Benjamin, Illuminations
Walter Benjamin, Reflections
Max Horkheimer, Critical Theory
Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment
Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional Man: Studies in Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society
Herbert Marcuse, Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the rise of Social Theory
Herbert Marcuse, Towards a Critical Theory of Society
Section 5: Jameson and the further development of Marxist Theory in the Postmodern Age
To gain an objective understanding of the position of Marxist Theory in the postmodern age through Frederic Jameson's theories of postmodernism as a condition of the fully realized, last stage of capitalism.