This course aims to examine the structures of feeling that animate familiar notions about what money is and what it does (from the Bible’s “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil” to the musical Cabaret’s “money makes the world go around…!” etc.). We shall explore the historical emergence and significance of money in the modern world, and its complex relations with the field of cultural production. By the end of the course, you will have a better conceptual grasp on certain key ideas within the field of political economy: surplus value, reification, possessive individualism, debt/indebtedness, commodity aesthetics, etc. You will also be able to analyze how these ideas have been elaborated as well as contested within the aesthetic domain.