PRINT December 2013

Books: Best of 2013

Rachel Kushner

A movement within the Autonomist movement, Italian feminism of the 1970s was both highly intellectual and earthy—a kind of feminism that, on account of its deep roots in philosophy, Marxism, and psychoanalysis, shared little to nothing with American second-wave fare. Among its iconic thinkers—Mariarosa Dalla Costa, Silvia Federici, Leopoldina Fortunati, Carla Lonzi, and Luisa Muraro—Federici in particular has become a crucial figure for young Marxists, political theorists, and a new generation of feminists. Author of Caliban and the Witch (2004), a groundbreaking work on gender and primitive accumulation, Federici is a true radical who has lived by her political commitments, not just to women but against all forms of exploitation. The essays in Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle (PM Press) span from 1975, when Federici penned

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