Perspectives on Gramsci
Politics, culture and social theory
Edited by Joseph Francese
Routledge – 2009 – 224 pages
Antonio Gramsci is widely known today for his profound impact on social and political thought, critical theory and literary methodology. This volume brings together twelve eminent scholars from humanities and social sciences to demonstrate the importance and relevance of Gramsci to their respective fields of inquiry. They bring into focus a number of central issues raised in Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks and in such other writings as his Prison Letters including: hegemony, common sense, civil society, subaltern studies, cultural analysis, media and film studies, postcolonial studies, international relations, linguistics, cultural anthropology, and historiography.
The book makes an important, and up-to-date, contribution to the many academic debates and disciplines which utilize Gramsci’s writings for theoretical support; the essays are highly representative of the most advanced contemporary work on Gramsci. Contributors include: Michael Denning – highly respected in the field of cultural studies; Stephen Gill – an eminent figure in international relations; Epifanio San Juan, Jr. – a major writer in post-colonial theory; Joseph Buttigieg —translator of Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks — ; Stanley Aronowitz, a distinguished sociologist, Marcia Landy — an important scholar of film studies; and Frank Rosengarten — editor of Gramsci’s Prison Letters.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political philosophy, economics, film and media studies, sociology, education, literature, post-colonial studies, anthropology, subaltern studies, cultural studies, linguistics and international relations.
Introduction - Joseph Francese 1. Gramsci’s Conceptions Of Political Organization - Stanley Aronowitz 2. Reading Gramsci Now - Joseph A. Buttigieg 3. Sinking Roots: Using Gramsci In Contemporary Britain - Kate Crehan 4. Gramsci Now: Philology And Philosophy Of Praxis - Roberto M. Dainotto 5. "Once Again On The Organic Capacities Of The Working Class:" Antonio Gramsci As A Theorist Of Labor - Michael Denning 6. The Uses And Abuses Of Gramsci: Hegemony And American Politics - Benedetto Fontana 7. Pessimism Of The Intelligence, Optimism Of The Will: Political Agency And World Order In An Age Of ‘Empire’ - Stephen Gill 8. Gramsci, In And On Media - Marcia Landy 9. Common Sense In Gramsci - Guido Liguori 10. The Contemporary Relevance Of Gramsci’s Views On Italy’s "Southern Question" - Frank Rosengarten 11. Rethinking Gramsci: Class, Globalization, And Historical Bloc - David Ruccio 12. Antonio Gramsci’s Theory Of The ‘National-Popular’ As A Strategy For Socialist Revolution - Epifanio San Juan Jr.
Joseph Francese is Professor at Michigan State University. He is Senior Editor of Italian Culture, and is the author of numerous articles on topics in Renaissance and contemporary literature. He has written monographs on Pasolini, postmodern narrative, and Italian cultural politics in the 1950s. His most recent book is Socially Symbolic Acts: The Historicizing Fictions of Umberto Eco, Vincenzo Consolo, and Antonio Tabucchi.