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Antonio Gramsci

GRAMSCI, LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION

NEW BOOK!

Gramsci, Language and Translation (ed.) Peter Ives and Rocco Lacorte 
Lexington Books, ISBN 978-0-7391-1860-3 Paper

http://www.lexingtonbooks.com 

“A significant body of scholarship already exists that illuminates the manner in which Gramsci’s views on language and translation inform his analyses of the relationship between politics and culture. Yet, Anglophone readers have remained generally unaware of this very important dimension of Gramsci’s thinking and writing, even though it features prominently in his elaboration of such key concepts as hegemony, common sense, and subalternity. Peter Ives and Rocco Lacorte provide the perfect remedy by gathering in a single volume the seminal essays on the topic, including previously untranslated contributions by Tullio De Mauro, Franco Lo Piparo, Utz Maas, Derek Boothman, and Francisco Buey. Together with the recent publication of Gramsci’s translation notebooks, this timely volume will invigorate discussions on the intersections of language, politics, and culture.”– Joseph A. Buttigieg, University of Notre Dame

“In the crowded field of Gramsci studies, this is a gem of rare beauty. It provides an English readership with a wide-ranging introduction to an important set of insights, developed initially in Italy but taken up elsewhere, into Gramsci’s theory, methods, the key concept of hegemony, his approach to the language question, and more general issues of political strategy. The contributors are the key figures in this debate and, together, they productively highlight the role of arguments about language, philology, and translation for understanding Gramsci’s working methods and his theoretical and political conclusions. With a strong introduction and some excellent translations of earlier contributions, this book will enable readers to gain a better understanding of Gramsci’s place in Italian culture and politics as well as ideas about how to develop his arguments in their own work. I recommend this text wholeheartedly.”– Bob Jessop, Lancaster University

“This collection of essays inaugurates a new era of scholarly exchanges within and beyond the specialized fields of humanistic cultural studies. Expertly edited by Peter Ives and Rocco Lacorte, Gramsci, Language, and Translation gathers the rigorous and provocative inquiries of an impressive array of international scholars crossing the traditional boundaries of political science, sociology, linguistics, translation studies, history, etc. It’s a historic event that, by way of opening up the Gramscian/Marxist canon, promises to renew critical thinking on the problems of global political economy while implicitly engaging protagonists in the urgent controversies on justice, human rights, religion, terrorism, race, ethnicity, immigration, and the post-9/11 ‘culture wars.’ A major scholarly achievement and an extremely valuable equipment for the civic intelligence of our troubled times” — E. San Juan, Jr., W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, and director, Philippines Cultural Studies Center, Connecticut

Gramsci, Language, and Translation

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction-Translating Gramsci on Language, Translation, and Politics (Peter Ives and Rocco Lacorte)

# Part I-Gramsci’s Linguistics and Gramsci’s Marxism

* Chapter 1-The Linguistic Roots of Gramsci’s Non-Marxism (Franco Lo Piparo)

* Chapter 2-Linguistics and Marxism in the Thought of Antonio Gramsci (Luigi Rosiello)

* Chapter 3-Language from Nature to History: More on Gramsci the Linguist (Tullio De Mauro)

* Chapter 4-Linguistics and the Political Question of Language (Stefano Gensini)

* Chapter 5-Gramsci the Linguist (Utz Maas)

* Chapter 6-Gramsci from One Century to Another (Interview with Edoardo Sanguineti by Giorgio Baratta)

# Part II-Language, Translation, Politics, and Culture

* Chapter 7-Translation and Translatability (Derek Boothman)

* Chapter 8-Aunt Alene on Her Bicycle: Antonio Gramsci as Translator from German and as Translation Theorist (Lucia Borghese)

* Chapter 9-On ‘Translatability’ in Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks (Fabio Frosini)

* Chapter 10-Translations and Metaphors in Gramsci (Maurizio Lichtner)

* Chapter 11-Translatability, Language, and Freedom in Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks (Rocco Lacorte)

# Part III-Politics, Theory, and Method

* Chapter 12-Language and Politics in Gramsci (Francisco F. Buey)

* Chapter 13-Gramsci’s Subversion of the Language of Politics (Anne Showstack Sassoon)

* Chapter 14-Some Notes on Gramsci the Linguist (Tullio De Mauro)

* Chapter 15-The Lexicon of Gramsci’s Philosophy of Praxis (André Tosel)

* Chapter 16-Subalternity and Language: Overcoming the Fragmentation of Common Sense (Marcus Green & Peter Ives)

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Antonio Gramsci

NEW INSIGHTS INTO GRAMSCI’S LIFE AND WORK

New Insights into Gramsci’s Life and Work

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

http://igrs.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences-workshops/gramscis-life-and-work.html

A one-day conference organised by Alessandro Carlucci (Royal Holloway, University of London) in association with the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (School of Advanced Studies, University of London)

Sponsored by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, and by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London

The main aim of the conference is to share and disseminate the results of recent, specialised research on Gramsci. Significant novelties will be presented by leading experts with the aim of overcoming disciplinary boundaries and helping to reduce the gaps between: a) widespread, conventional understandings of Gramsci and up-to-date specialised research; and b) the work on Gramsci’s writings and biography and the use of Gramsci’s theories for understanding current social, political and cultural issues.

Confirmed contributors: Derek Boothman (SSLMIT, University of Bologna), Craig Brandist (University of Sheffield), Fabio Frosini (University of Urbino), Carl Levy (Goldsmiths, University of London), James Martin (Goldsmiths, University of London), Anne Showstack Sassoon (Birkbeck, University of London), and Peter Thomas (member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism).

Entrance: FREE

For further information please contact the organisers at: a.carlucci@rhul.ac.uk mailto:a.carlucci@rhul.ac.uk or igrs@sas.ac.uk mailto:igrs@sas.ac.uk

PROGRAMME:

10.00 am – Coffee and Registration

10.30 am – Introduction

Alessandro Carlucci, ‘Gramsci’s Life and Work: Recent Findings and New Interpretative Trends’

11.00 am – Session I

Chair: Federico Faloppa (University of Reading)

Anne Showstack Sassoon, ‘Gramsci’s Struggle with Language Revisited’

Derek Boothman, ‘Gramsci’s Interest in Language: The Influence of the Dispense di glottologia (1912-13) on the Prison Notebooks’

Craig Brandist, ‘Gramsci’s Politics of Language in the Light of the Soviet Sociological Linguistics of the 1920s and 1930s’

1.00 am – Lunch break

2.00 pm – Session II

Chair: Simone Testa (IGRS, University of London)

Peter Thomas, ‘Hegemony, the Philosophy of Praxis and the Third International’

Fabio Frosini, ‘Reformation, Renaissance and the Rise of the Modern State’

3.20 pm – Tea and biscuits

3.45 pm – Session III

Chair: Anne Showstack Sassoon

Carl Levy, ‘Gramsci and Anarchism’

James Martin, ‘Gramsci and Gobetti: A Case of Elective Affinity?’

Concluding Remarks by the Chair and General Discussion

Refreshments

Update 19th May 2010

Peter D. Thomas talks about Gramsci:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee5U3kFU5g&feature=related

For the book: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=29354

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