The Form of the Dialectic: A Reading Group on History, Class, and Interpretation

Join Variations this fall semester for a reading group on history, class, and interpretation!

F 2-4PM, Williams Hall 440

This reading group is open to everyone. Questions? Feel free to write to us at, unite to our mailing list, or simply attend one of our meetings!


  • August 30: Special session in preparation for our Speaker Series event with Prof. Ania Loomba.
    1. Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation. «The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women: Constructing “Difference” in the “Transition to Capitalism.”»
    2. Ania Loomba, “The Global Tempest.”
    3. Karl Marx, Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Volume. I. Part 8: “So-Called Primitive Accumulation.” (pp. 873-940 of the Penguin edition)
  • September 13: Georg Lukács, “Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat,” from History and Class Consciousness (1922).
  • September 27: Georg Lukács, “Class Consciousness,” from History and Class Consciousness (1922).
  • October 18: Karl Marx, The Poverty of Philosophy (1847).
  • November 1: Theodor W. Adorno, Lectures on Negative Dialectics (1966)
  • November 15: Special session in preparation for our Speaker Series event with Prof. Bret Benjamin.
    1. Bret Benjamin, “Developmental Aspiration at the End of Accumulation: The New International Economic Order and the Antinomies of the Bandung Era.” (2018)
    2. Karl Marx, Selection from Capital vol. I, “Appendix: Results of the Immediate Process of Production.” (pp. 1019-1049 of the Penguin edition)
    3. Ernst Lohoff, “Off Limits, Out of Control: Commodity Society and Resistance in the Age of Deregulation and Denationalization.” (2009)
    4. Norbert Trenkle, “Struggle Without Classes: Why There Is No Resurgence of the Proletariat in the Currently Unfolding Capitalist Crisis.” (2006)
  • December 6: Fredric Jameson, The Political Unconscious. “On Interpretation: Literature as a Socially Symbolic Act.” (1981)

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