A Companion to Antonio Gramsci

Essays on History and Theories of History, Politics and Historiography


Editor: Davide Cadeddu
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), University of Milan, is Associate Professor of History of Political Thought at that university. He has published articles and monographs on Italian contemporary political theories, including Reimagining Democracy (Springer, 2012).
Notes on the Contributors

PART I: History
1. Gramsci: From Socialism to Communism
Leonardo Rapone
2. Antonio Gramsci: The Prison Years
Angelo d’Orsi

PART II: 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 III: 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 IV: Hegemony
9. Gramsci: Political Scientist
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 V: Historiography
12. The Influence and Legacy of Antonio Gramsci in the 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.