The Antonio Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings 1916-1935

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with a new introduction by ERIC J. HOBSBAWM

"Very usefully pulls the key passages from Gramsci's writings into one volume, which allows English-language readers an overall view of his work. Particularly valuable are the connections it draws across his work and the insights which the introduction and glossary provide into the origin and development of some key Gramscian concepts."
—Stuart Hall, Professor of Sociology, Open University

The most complete one-volume collection of writings by one of the most fascinating thinkers in the history of Marxism, The Antonio Gramsci Reader fills the need for a broad and general introduction to this major figure.

Antonio Gramsci was one of the most important theorists of class, culture, and the state since Karl Marx. In the U.S., where his writings were long unavailable, his stature has lately so increased that every serious student of Marxism, political theory, or modern Italian history must now read him.

Imprisoned by the Fascists for much of his adult life, Gramsci wrote brilliantly on a broad range of subjects: from folklore to philosophy, popular culture to political strategy. Still the most comprehensive collection of Gramsci's writings available in English, it now features a new introduction by leading Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, in addition to its biographical introduction, informative introductions to each section, and glossary of key terms.

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Very usefully pulls the key passages from Gramsci's writings into one volume, which allows English-language readers an overall view of his work. Particularly valuable are the connections it draws across his work and the insights which the introduction and glossary provide into the origin and development of some key Gramscian concepts."-Stuart Hall
Library Journal
Forgacs has produced a significant one-volume collection of most of the important writings of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), a political thinker who has gained great influence in recent years. Forgacs stresses the ``complexity and vitality'' of Gramsci's views on hegemony, war, art, education, and popular culture, as well as politics. The book is divided into two parts--the first covers the period from 1916-26, the second comes from Gramsci's notebooks written while imprisoned by the Fascists. Particularly valuable are the chapter introductions and a glossary of key terms which facilitate an understanding of Gramsci's philosophy. An invaluable collection for public and academic libraries.-- John R. Sillito, Weber State Coll. Lib., Ogden, Ut.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814727010
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 447
  • Sales rank: 975,903
  • Product dimensions: 52.50 (w) x 82.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID FORGACS is coeditor of Antonio Gramsci Selections from Cultural Writings and editor of Rethinking Italian Fascism. He is Professor in the Department of Italian, University College, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 10
Note on the Text 14
Chronological Outline 17
Pt. 1 Writings 1916-1926
I Socialism and Marxism 1917-1918 29
II Working-Class Education and Culture 53
III Factory Councils and Socialist Democracy 76
IV Communism 1919-24 110
V Fascist Reaction and Communist Strategy 1924-1926 135
Pt. 2 Prison Writings 1929-1935
VI Hegemony, Relations of Force, Historical Bloc 189
VII The Art and Science of Politics 222
VIII Passive Revolution, Caesarism, Fascism 246
IX Americanism and Fordism 275
X Intellectuals and Education 300
XI Philosophy, Common Sense, Language and Folklore 323
XII Popular Culture 363
XIII Journalism 379
XIV Art and the Struggle for a New Civilization 391
Notes 403
Glossary of Key Terms 420
Further Reading 432
Name Index 436
Subject Index 440
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