MARX AND MARXISM
Having recently passed the 150th anniversary of the publication of capital volume 1, we recognize that our world has changed a great deal since its publication. Yet, in reviewing many of these changes, it is not overstated to say that the works of Karl Marx have provided the transformational impulse. Who was this person, Karl Marx? Why is it that in this post-cold war world his writings continue both to inspire and threaten contemporary readers? How have those inspired by Marx further developed his ideas to constitute the discourse of Marxism? These are some of the questions that this course will raise and try to answer. We will begin with discussions of key works by Marx. Concentrating on the question of culture and cultural analysis, we will then move on to examine some significant contributions to Marxism. The course will end by looking at contemporary attempts at rethinking Marxism.