Fall 2015 Readings

September 12, 2015: The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism

Heidi Hartmann, “The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism: Towards a More Progressive Union.”
Iris Young, “Beyond the Unhappy Marriage: A Critique of the Dual Systems Theory.”
Gloria Joseph, “The Incompatible Menage À Trois: Marxism, Feminism, and Racism.”

Lydia Sargent, ed., Women and Revolution: A Discussion of the Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism (Black Rose Books: Montréal, 1981).

September 26, 2015: Dual Systems Redux: “Merely Cultural”?

Nancy Fraser, “From Redistribution to Recognition? Dilemmas of Justice in a ‘Post-Socialist’ Age,” New Left Review 212 (July/August 1995): 68–93. [pdf]
Iris Marion Young, “Unruly Categories: A Critique of Nancy Fraser’s Dual Systems Theory,” New Left Review 222 (March/April 1997): 147–60. [pdf]
Nancy Fraser, “A Rejoinder to Iris Young,” New Left Review 223 (May/June 1997): 126–29. [pdf]
Judith Butler, “Merely Cultural,” New Left Review 227 (January/February 1998): 33–44. [pdf]
Nancy Fraser, “Heterosexism, Misrecognition, and Capitalism: A Reply to Judith Butler,” New Left Review 228 (March/April 1998): 140–49. [pdf]

(Also, here is a merged pdf of all five articles together if that’s more convenient.)

October 24, 2015: Outsider Sisters

Suggested (from the session we had to cancel):
Combahee River Collective. “A Black Feminist Statement.” In Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism, edited by Zillah R. Eisenstein, 362–72. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1979. [pdf]
Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. In Zami / Sister Outsider / Undersong. New York: Quality Paperback Book Club, 1993. Especially we’ll look at “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism,” “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference,” and “Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface.” [pdf]

Suggested (alongside the above):
Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1987. (Ch. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7—or as many as you like, be kind to yourself.) [pdf]
Moraga, Cherríe L. A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000–2010. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. (“Poetry of Heroism: A Tribute to Audre Lorde and Pat Parker,” “The Salt That Cures: Remembering Gloria Anzaldúa,” and “Still Loving in the (Still) War Years: Keeping Queer Queer.”) [pdf]
Moraga, Cherríe and Gloria Anzaldúa. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. 4th ed. Albany: The State University of New York Press, 2015. (Front matter from across the years and Moraga’s “La Güera.”) [pdf]

November 7, 2015: Shulie

Firestone, Shulamith. The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1970. [pdf]

Of course the whole book is a classic; but perhaps we can focus on chs. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, and the conclusion. Even more narrowly ch. 1, ch. 7, ch. 10, and concl.

November 21, 2015: Wages for Housework

Federici, Silvia. Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2012. [pdf]

Weeks, Kathi. The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. [pdf]

For Federici, we’ll focus on “Wages against Housework (1975),” “Why Sexuality Is Work (1975),” “Counterplanning from the Kitchen (1975),” “The Restructuring of Housework and Reproduction in the United States in the 1970s (1980),” and “Feminism and the Politics of the Common in an Era of Primitive Accumulation (2010).” For Weeks, we’ll focus on ch. 2 (“Marxism, Productivism, and the Refusal of Work”) and ch. 3 (“Working Demands: From Wages for Housework to Basic Income”) (of the two ch. 3 is probably the more salient for us) but also the introduction is always helpful si vous avez le temps.

December 5, 2015: Capitalocentrism 

Gibson-Graham, J. K. The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996. [pdf]

With a focus on ch. 1, ch. 3, ch. 4, ch. 6, ch. 11