In A Companion to Antonio Gramsci some of the most important Italian scholars of Gramsci’s thought realize an intellectual account of the Gramscian historiography. The volume is organized into five parts. In the first, an updated reconstruction of his biographical events is offered. The second part provides three different perspectives permitting an analysis of the ideas and theories of history which emerge from Gramsci’s writings. In the third section as well as the fourth section, the most explicitly political themes are considered. Finally, in the last part the timelines of twentieth century historiography in Italy are traced and a picture is painted of the reasons for the development of the principal problems surrounding the international literary output on Gramsci.
Contributors include: Alberto Burgio, Davide Cadeddu, Giuseppe Cospito, Angelo d’Orsi, Michele Filippini, Guido Liguori, Marcello Montanari, Vittorio Morfino, Stefano Petrucciani, Michele Prospero, Leonardo Rapone, Giuseppe Vacca, and Marzio Zanantoni.
Davide Cadeddu, Ph.D. (2004), is Associate Professor of History of Political Thought at the University of Milan. He has published articles and monographs on Italian contemporary political theories, including Reimagining Democracy (Springer, 2012).
“This compact volume comprised of thirteen short essays is full of valuable information andinsights. It certainly succeeds in drawing on Italian expertise to add ‘philological precision and hermeneutic penetration’ to the study of Gramsci’s thought and the context in which it was developed”. James Babb, in Global Intellectual History, 2021.
Notes on Contributors
Part 1: History
1 Gramsci: From Socialism to Communism
2 Antonio Gramsci: The Prison Years
Part 2: Theories of History
3 The Crisis of European Civilization in the Thought of Antonio Gramsci
4 Notes on Gramsci’s Theory of History
5 The Layers of History and Politics in Gramsci
Part 3: Communism
6 Gramsci and Marx: Notes and Reflections
7 Gramsci, the October Revolution and Its “Translation” in the West
8 On the Transition to Communism
Part 4: Hegemony
9 Gramsci: Political Scientis
10 The “Prison Notebooks”: Hegemony and Civil Society
11 On the Productive Use of Hegemony (Laclau, Hall, Chatterjee)
Part 5: Historiography
12 The Influence and Legacy of Antonio Gramsci in Twentieth-Century Italy
13 The International Historiography on Gramsci in the Twenty-First Century
All interested in Antonio Gramsci's thought and in an updated history of Gramscian historiography.