In the last four decades the name of Gramsci has spread well beyond the boundaries of Italian political theory and Marxist thought where it was originally confined, reaching disciplinary fields as diverse as literary criticism, sociology, communication studies, anthropology, international relations, history, and linguistics, and countries as far from Italy as Korea, India, and South Africa. Why this success and still before how this success has been possible? What social conditions had to be fulfilled to have Gramsci recognized as such a key author in so many intellectual fields and regions of the world? Making use of an exceptional data set, i.e. the Gramscian Bibliography created and managed by the “Gramsci institute” in Rome, which encompasses more than 19 thousands items (books, journal articles, conference proceedings about Gramsci, as well as the whole Gramscian production including translations and different editions), our research aims at tracing the global diffusion of Gramsci’s work in Italy and out of it since the 1940s, identifying patterns, trajectories, timing, agents, and modes of its reception in different national contexts and languages. Focusing on both translations of Gramscian texts and critical writings on and about Gramsci, the chapter will provide quantitative data about the global circulation of a thought whose international success has been certainly favored by Marxist internationalism and the Italian geopolitical location after WWII, but also hampered by the original language and the textual genres (private letters and personal notebooks written while in prison) in which it was embedded, as well as the strong national focus and disarming fragmentation of its content. We suggest that all these seemingly negative conditions exerted indeed a positive effect on the reception process, allowing for highly selective (and idiosyncratic) local appropriations, flexibility in publishing strategies, and the building of context-specific consecration strategies.

Globalizing Gramsci: The Resuscitation of a Repressed Intellectual

Gallelli, Andrea;Gerli, Matteo
2020

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In the last four decades the name of Gramsci has spread well beyond the boundaries of Italian political theory and Marxist thought where it was originally confined, reaching disciplinary fields as diverse as literary criticism, sociology, communication studies, anthropology, international relations, history, and linguistics, and countries as far from Italy as Korea, India, and South Africa. Why this success and still before how this success has been possible? What social conditions had to be fulfilled to have Gramsci recognized as such a key author in so many intellectual fields and regions of the world? Making use of an exceptional data set, i.e. the Gramscian Bibliography created and managed by the “Gramsci institute” in Rome, which encompasses more than 19 thousands items (books, journal articles, conference proceedings about Gramsci, as well as the whole Gramscian production including translations and different editions), our research aims at tracing the global diffusion of Gramsci’s work in Italy and out of it since the 1940s, identifying patterns, trajectories, timing, agents, and modes of its reception in different national contexts and languages. Focusing on both translations of Gramscian texts and critical writings on and about Gramsci, the chapter will provide quantitative data about the global circulation of a thought whose international success has been certainly favored by Marxist internationalism and the Italian geopolitical location after WWII, but also hampered by the original language and the textual genres (private letters and personal notebooks written while in prison) in which it was embedded, as well as the strong national focus and disarming fragmentation of its content. We suggest that all these seemingly negative conditions exerted indeed a positive effect on the reception process, allowing for highly selective (and idiosyncratic) local appropriations, flexibility in publishing strategies, and the building of context-specific consecration strategies.
Ideas on the Move in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The International Circulation of Paradigms and Theorists
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Santoro, Marco; Gallelli, Andrea; Gerli, Matteo
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