The Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings, 1916-1935

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NYU Press, Apr 1, 2000 - Philosophy - 447 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
10
Chronological Outline
17
Socialism and Marxism 19171918
29
Our Marx
36
Utopia
45
WorkingClass Education and Culture
53
Schools of Labour
59
Illiteracy
67
Notes on French National Life
260
The Concept of Passive Revolution
263
First Version
264
Second Version
265
Agitation and Propaganda
267
Caesarism
269
Caesarism and Catastrophic Equilibrium of PoliticoSocial Forces
273
Americanism and Fordism
275

Marinetti the Revolutionary?
73
Workers Democracy
79
To the Workshop Delegates of the Fiat Centro
89
Red Sunday
96
Those Mainly Responsible
103
Communism 191924
110
The Livorno Congress
118
What the Relations Should Be Between the PCdI
125
Fascist Reaction and Communist Strategy 19241926
135
Letter to the Central Committee of the Soviet
164
Some Aspects of the Southern Question
171
Hegemony Relations of Force Historical Bloc
189
Relations of Force
200
Some Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Economism
210
Observations on Certain Aspects of the Structure
217
Internationalism and National Policy
230
Question of the Collective Man or Social Conformism
232
Concept of State
233
Ethical or Cultural State 8 State as GendarmeNightwatchman
234
The State as Veilleur de Nuit
236
EconomicCorporate Phase of the State 11 Statolatry
237
The Political Party as Modern Prince
238
Fetishism
243
Passive Revolution Caesarism Fascism
246
The Problem of Political Leadership in the Formation and Development of the Modern State in Italy
249
Rationalization of the Demographic Composition of Europe
277
Some Aspects of the Sexual Question
280
Financial Autarky and Industry 4 Animality and Industrialism
286
Rationalization of Production and Work
289
Taylorism and the Mechanization of the Worker
294
Babbitt
296
Babbitt Again
297
Notes on American Culture
298
Intellectuals and Education
300
Intellectuals
306
In Search of the Educational Principle
311
Intellectuals and NonIntellectuals
320
Philosophy CommonSense Language and Folklore
323
Language Languages Common Sense
347
How Many Forms of Grammar Can There
353
Observations on Folklore
360
Various Types of Popular Novel
370
Journalism
379
Art and the Struggle for a New Civilization
391
Criteria of Literary Criticism
398
Notes
403
Glossary of Key Terms
420
Name Index
436
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About the author (2000)

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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