A Companion to Antonio Gramsci

Essays on History and Theories of History, Politics and Historiography


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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.

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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
   Leonardo Rapone

 2 Antonio Gramsci: The Prison Years
   Angelo d’Orsi

Part 2: Theories of History

 3 The Crisis of European Civilization in the Thought of Antonio Gramsci
   Giuseppe Vacca

 4 Notes on Gramsci’s Theory of History
   Marcello Montanari

 5 The Layers of History and Politics in Gramsci
   Vittorio Morfino

Part 3: Communism

 6 Gramsci and Marx: Notes and Reflections
   Stefano Petrucciani

 7 Gramsci, the October Revolution and Its “Translation” in the West
   Guido Liguori

 8 On the Transition to Communism
   Alberto Burgio

Part 4: Hegemony

 9 Gramsci: Political Scientis
   Michele Prospero

 10 The “Prison Notebooks”: Hegemony and Civil Society
   Giuseppe Cospito

 11 On the Productive Use of Hegemony (Laclau, Hall, Chatterjee)
   Michele Filippini

Part 5: Historiography

 12 The Influence and Legacy of Antonio Gramsci in Twentieth-Century Italy
   Marzio Zanantoni

 13 The International Historiography on Gramsci in the Twenty-First Century
   Davide Cadeddu

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All interested in Antonio Gramsci's thought and in an updated history of Gramscian historiography.
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