SPANISH 823 - Race, Ethnicity, and Class
Section: 001 Racial Capitalism and Iberian Colonialism
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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In recent years, the concept of racial capitalism, coined by Cedric J. Robinson in his book Black Marxism (1983; 2nd ed. 2000), has been taken up by both theorists and activists committed to a materialist theory of race. For Robinson, capitalism has effected not a complete rationalization or homogenization of social relations but rather the production and consolidation of social distinctions: “The development, organization, and expansion of capitalist society pursued essentially racial directions, so too did social ideology. As a material force, then, it could be expected that racialism would inevitably permeate the social structures emergent from capitalism” (2). The history of capitalism and the formation of the world system is thus deeply entangled with the history of race. Taking this insight as its point of departure, this seminar will examine the emergence, transformation, and consolidation of racial thinking and racialization processes in the context of Iberian colonial expansion, primarily in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We will read primary sources from and about colonial Latin America alongside contemporary theoretical work on race/racialization and the history of capitalism (“old” and “new”). The idea is not only for secondary readings to guide our analysis of primary texts but also for primary texts to underscore the weaknesses of critical approaches that have treated these early colonial projects as marginal to or disconnected from modernity.

SPANISH 823 - Race, Ethnicity, and Class
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001 (SEM)
15Graduate Standing
M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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