This 1994 collection of Gramsci's pre-prison writings, translated and including a number of pieces not previously available in English, covers the whole gamut of his journalistic activity, ranging from general cultural criticism to commentaries on local, national and international events. These early articles reveal the genesis of many of the themes of the Prison Notebooks, such as the function of intellectuals, the importance of cultural hegemony in holding societies together, and the role of the party in organising a revolutionary consciousness. In particular, the collection highlights the specifically Italian political, cultural and social origins and relevance of much of Gramsci's innovatory reworking of certain central concepts of Marxist thought. It will be of interest to a broad range of scholars and students concerned with the history of political, social and cultural thought in the twentieth century.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 215 x 138 x 22 mm
'... a refreshing perspective ... Richard Bellamy's selection is judicious, Virginia Cox's translation scrupulous and the notes informative'. The Times Literary Supplement
"[T]he first reasonably representative collection of his early political and cultural journalism available in English....Gramsci is revealed as a brilliant journalist first and foremost, and secondly as a Communist activist...." Martin Clark, Times Literary Supplement
"...will be a useful aid to Gramsci scholarship." Ethics