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The Modern Gramsci, Theorist of the Age of Defeat



The Modern Gramsci, Theorist of the Age of Defeat

Lecture of Prof. Donald Sassoon.

Gramsci "is, arguably, the most sophisticated Marxist theorist of politics of the inter-war period. […] Like his contemporary Otto Bauer, Gramsci was a theorist of the defeat of the working-class movement in the post-1918 period when bourgeois Europe was ´recast´." (Donald Sassoon, One Hundred Years of Socialism: The West European Left in the Twentieth Century)

From the theoretical work that Gramsci undertook in prison, Prof. Donald Sassoon will give a lecture about interpreting "modern" Gramsci and his relationship with the notion of "defeat". This lecture is part of the series of side events of the exhibition "Antonio Gramsci. The Prison Notebooks".

Published between 1948 and 1951 in a thematic edition requested by Palmiro Togliatti, in 1975 the Notebooks came out in the critic edition curated by the Istituto Gramsci. The National Edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Writings, which is about to be published, splits them into Translation Notebooks, Miscellaneous Notebooks and Special Notebooks. The extraordinary richness of Gramsci’s thoughts is proven by the increasing number of translations of the notebooks and by the over twenty thousand titles, in 41 languages, recorded in the Gramsci Bibliography.


Donald Sassoon is Emeritus Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary College, University of London. He has lectured at universities throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. He is the author of One Hundred Years of Socialism. The West European Left in the Twentieth Century (1996, Winner of 1997 Deutscher Memorial Prize, New York Times Notable Books of the Year 1997). Among his books particularly related to Italy: Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism (2008), Contemporary Italy. Politics Economy and Society Since 1945 (1986-1997), Togliatti e la via italiana al socialismo. Il PCI dal 1944 al 1964 (1980).


Date: Thursday, November 09, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Londra

Entry : Free


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