- Paperback: 2032 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; Slp edition (Jan. 3 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 023115755X
- ISBN-13: 978-0231157551
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 11.4 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Prison Notebooks (Volumes 1, 2 & 3) Paperback – Dec 1 2010
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The existence of an affordable, complete, critical edition of the prison notebooks will represent a major scholarly and political achievement, the consummation of generations of social labor by friends and scholars of Gramsci. (Joel Wainwright Marx and Philosophy Review of Books)
About the Author
Antonio Gramsci (Author)
Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) was an Italian Marxist theorist, one-time leader of the Italian Communist Party, and founder of the official Party newspaper, l'Unita. Widely considered a leading exponent of post-Lenin neo-Marxism, he was imprisoned in 1926 by Mussolini's Fascist regime and remained incarcerated until shortly before his death. During this period he wrote more than 30 notebooks, which detailed his ideas about Italian history, critical theory, and Marxism. Among his key contributions to political theory is the notion of cultural hegemony, the means by which the ruling capitalist class maintains control of the state. In addition to the Prison Notebooks (Columbia, 1992-2007, three volumes), his Letters from Prison (Columbia, 1994, two volumes) and a collection of Pre-Prison Writings (Cambridge, 1994) have been published.
Joseph A. Buttigieg (Edited by, Translated by)
Joseph A. Buttigieg (PhD, English, SUNY Binghamton) is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author and editor of a number of books, most notably the complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks (Columbia, 1992-2007). He is also a founding member and president of the International Gramsci Society.
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For reference, I have a BA in Political Science and a postgraduate degree in political theory. I've studied these topics quite extensively. And even in academic circles, Gramsci is not the easiest to understand and at the heart of many of my debates. He is also not at the forefront of most Marxist movements today. While I personally feel that Gramsci is one of the most relevant philosophers relating to current political discourse, he is not given his proper influence in what could be a much more challenging and forward moving discourse.
I find it odd that so many are not denouncing Orwell in the same way, as he was an adamant socialist. Yes, Gramsci was jailed by the fascists for being a communist. But that has little to do with his writings, other then the fact he was unable to elaborate on many things and had to use some coding to hide some of what he had to say.
This is definitely not a light read. Reading Gramsci requires a high level of political and historical insight. The concepts that Gramsci outlines are quite complex and rely on a thorough understanding of political theory - from Plato to Kant to Hegel and even Croce.
I suggest those interested in reading Gramsci first check out "Selections from the Prison Notebooks" and also previous political theory before attempting to take on such a high quality but pedantic text.