This volume brings together Gramsci’s cultural writings, ranging from appreciations of theatre, literature and other forms of artistic production, to notes that break new ground in cultural theory.
Gramsci's writings on culture have been hugely influential for western critical thinking during the last forty years, not least because of their breadth and depth. Unusually for a political and cultural thinker, Gramsci was interested in both popular and high-art culture and he wrote extensively on both.
The writings in this selection include his reflections on Futurism as well as the detective novel, on linguistics and journalism, on ‘national-popular’ culture and folklore. The volume’s extensive introductory material and explanatory notes offer useful background information on the wider context of Gramsci’s work. This volume consists primarily of entries from the Prison Notebooks, but there are also substantial selections from Gramsci’s important earlier writings on culture and theatre criticism.