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Latin American Biopolitics Reading Group

The Latin American Biopolitics Reading Group 2017-2018

Modernity and Naked Life
The Latin American Essy and The Critique of Capitalism


Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Northwestern University


Carlos Gustavo Halaburda

Preliminary list of readings. Fall Schedule.

September 22th, 2017. All that is solid melts into air. The romantic critique of life’s reification

Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels. The Communist Manifesto. 2nd ed., New York: Norton & Amp Co., 2013. (Available in Spanish.) Selections. And/or Marx, Karl. Value, Price and Profit. New York: International Co., Inc, 1969. Selections.

Beckman, Ericka. Capital Fictions: The Literature of Latin America’s Export Age. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. Selections.

October 5th, 2017. Precarious Modernity, Precarious lives.

Max Weber's "Science as a Vocation". London & Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989. (Available in Spanish.) Selections. And/or Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. New York: Norton, 2005. (Available in Spanish.)

Sarlo, Beatriz. Una modernidad periférica: Buenos Aires, 1920 Y 1930. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Nueva Visión, 1988. Selections.

October 20th, 2017. Being as such has been forgotten: A Latin American perspective on life and being.

Heidegger, Martin. Carta sobre el humanismo. Traducción de Helena Cortés y Arturo Leyte Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 2000. Selections. Feinmann, José Pablo. La filosofía y el barro de la historia. 1. ed., Buenos Aires: Planeta,

2005. Selections.

November 3rd, 2017. A critique of the life of things.

Benjamin, Walter. Theses on the Philosophy of History / from Illuminations. New York: Schocken Books, 1969. Pp. 253-264. (Available in Spanish.) Selections.

Uslenghi, Alejandra. Latin America at Fin-de-siècle Universal Exhibitions : Modern Cultures

of Visuality. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Print. New Directions in Latino American Cultures. Selections.

Löwy, Michael. Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe. London: Haymarket Books, 2015. (Available in Spanish). Selections.

November 24th, 2017

Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. 2nd Vintage Books ed. New York: Vintage, 1995. Selections.

Moraña, et al. Heridas abiertas. Biopolítica y representación en América Latina. Madrid: Frankfurt Am Main: Iberoamericana; Vervuert, 2014. Selections.

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