The Center for Italian Studies proudly announces the publication of a special issue of the journal Italian Culture (40:1, 2022), entitled “Gramsci’s Method Thirty Years Later,” which celebrates the scholarship and the legacy, and commemorates the loss, of Joseph A. Buttigieg, Professor Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, who passed away in 2019.
Formerly a Professor of English and founding member of the International Gramsci Society, Buttigieg published numerous articles, essays, and books on topics ranging from the aesthetics of James Joyce to the development of civil society. He became a globally recognized authority on the Italian thinker Antonio Gramsci, and published three volumes of extensively annotated translations of Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. At Notre Dame, Joseph held many leadership and administrative roles, including as Chair of the Department of English, director of the London program, and director of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars program. He was also steering committee co-chair of the original interdisciplinary program in Italian Studies at Notre Dame.
The special issue of Italian Culture dedicated to Buttigieg’s life and legacy is guest edited by Charles Leavitt, Associate Director of the Center for Italian studies, together with Damiano Benvegnù (Dartmouth College, Affiliate of the Center for Italian Studies), and Mimmo Cangiano (Università Ca’ Foscari).
The publication focuses on the lasting influence of Buttigieg’s groundbreaking essay “Gramsci’s Method,” originally published in 1990. Contributors include: David Forgacs, Francesca Antonini, Roberto Dainotto, Kate Crehan, Neelam Srivastava, Yuri Brunello, and Mauro Pala.