The Antonia Gramsci Reader, Selected Writings, edited by David Forgacs

The Antonio Gramsci Reader

Selected Writings 1916 - 1935

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Editor(s): 
Oct 2016
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ISBN: 
9781909831735
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447
pp
£18.00

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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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.

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.

Introduction
Note on the Text
Chronological Out1ine

PART ONE: WRITINGS 1916-1926

I Socialism and Marxism 1917 - 1918
Discipline
The Revolution against Capital
Our Marx
Class Intransigence and Italian History
Utopia

II Working-Class Education and Culture
Socialism and Culture
Schools of Labour
Men or Machines?
The Popular University
Illiteracy
The Problem of the School
7 [Questions of Culture]
Marinetti the Revolutionary?

III Factory Councils and Socialst Democracy
Workers’ Democracy
Conquest of the State
To the Workshop Delegates of the Fiat Centro aDd
    Brevetti Plants
Unions and Councils
Red Sunday
Political Capacity
Those Mainly Responsible
Once again on the Organic Capacities of the Working Class

IV Communism 1919 - 24
The War in the Colonies
Workers and Peasants
The Livomo Congress
Parties and Masses
What the Relations Should Be Between the PCdI and the Comintem
[Letter to Togliatti, Terraoni and Others)

V Fascist Reaction and Communist Strategy 1924-1926
The Crisis of the Middle Qasses
The Italian Situation and the Tasks of the PCdI (Lyons Theses)
Letter to the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party
Some Aspects of the Southern Question

PART TWO: PRISON WRITINGS 1929-1935

VI Hegemony, Relations of Froce, Historical Bloc
Structure and Superstructure [i]
[Structure and Superstructure ii]
Structure and Superstructures [iii]
[The Concept of ‘Historical Bloc’]
[Ethico-Political History]
[Ethico-Political History and Hegemony]
[Political Ideologies]
Ideologies
Validity of Ideologies
Analysis of Situations: Relations of Force
Some Theoretical and Practical Aspects of ‘Economism’
Observations on Certain Aspects of the Structure of Political Parties in Periods of Organic Crisis

VII The Art and Science of Politics
[War of Position and War of Manoeuvre]
War of Position and War of Manoeuvre or Frontal War
Transition from the War of Manoeuvre (and from Frontal Attack) to the War of Position in the Political Field as Well
[Internationalism and National Policy]
Question of the ‘Collective Man’ or ‘Social Conformism’
Concept of State
Ethical or Cullural State
State as Gendanne-Nightwatchman, etc.
The State as Veilleur de Nuit
Economic-Corporate Phase of the State
Statolatry
[The Political Party as Modern ‘Prince’]
Fetishism

VIII Passive Revolution, Caesarism, Fascism
The Problem of Political Leadership in the Formation and Development of the Modem State in Italy
Notes on French National Life
The Concept of ‘Passive Revolution’ [i]
[The Concept of Passive Revolution ii]
[The Concept of Passive Revolution iii]
[Fascism as Passive Revolution: First Version]
[Fascism as Passive Revolution: Second Venion]
Agitation and Propaganda
Caesarism
Caesarism and ‘Catastrophic’ Equilibrium of Politico-Social Forces

IX Americanism and Fordism
Rationalization of the Demographic Composition of Europe
Some Aspects of the Sexual Question
Financial Autarky and Industry
‘Animality’ and Industrialism
Rationalization of Production and Work
Taylorism and the Mechanization of the Worker
[Babbitt]
Babbitt Again
Notes on American Culture

X Intellectuals and Education
[Intellectuals]
Observations on the School: In Search of the Educational Principle
[Intellectuals and Non-Intellectuals]

XI Philosophy, Common Sense, Language and Folklore
Notes for an Introduction and an Approach to the Study of Philosophy in the History of Culture
    Some preliminary reference points
    Observations and critical notes on an attempt at a ‘Popular Manual of Sociology’
Language, Languages, Common Sense
[‘Knowledge’ and ‘Feeling’]
[The Philosophy of Praxis and ‘Intellectual and Moral Reformation’]
How Many Forms of Grammar Can There Be?
Sources of Diffusion of Linguistic Innovations in the Tradition and of a National Linguistic Conformism in the Broad National Masses
Historical and Normative Grammars
Grammar and Technique
Observations on Folklore

XII Popular Culture
Concept of ‘National-Popular’
Various Types of Popular Novel
The Operatic Conception of Life
Popular Literature. Operatic Taste
Oratory, Conversation, Culture

XIII Journalism
Ideological Material
Dilettantism and Discipline
[Integral Journalism]
Types of Periodical

XIV An and the Struggle for a New Civilization
Art and the Struggle for a New Civilization
Art and Culture
Literary Criticism
Criteria of Literary Criticism
Sincerity (or Spontaneity) and Discipline
[‘Functional’ Literature]

Notes
Glossary of Key Terms
Further Reading
Name Index
Subject Index

 

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

“To understand the evolution of an historical tradition of thought and action there’s no better collection than the recently re-issued Antonio Gramsci Reader. This peerless thinker and revolutionary’s writings 1916-1935 remain the single most important application of 1917 to the world after WWI coinciding with the rise of interwar fascism, moreover they have stood the test of time better than most.”

- Mark Perryman, Philosophy Football