Antonio Gramsci: Beyond Marxism and Postmodernism (Critics by Renate Holub

By Renate Holub

During this learn, Renate Holub makes an attempt to reclaim Antonio Gramsci's conception from classical Marxism, in its place putting him in a broader eu serious context, along the Frankfurt university, phenomenology, and sociolinguistics. Holub emphasizes Gramsci's affinities with the cultural theories of the Frankfurt university (Horkheimer, Bloch, Brecht, Benjamin), and likewise issues out the hyperlinks among Gramsci's linguistic and phenomenological varieties of wisdom. Holub conveys the conceptual and methodological complexity of his paintings, that is, the writer claims, correct to the development of today's serious thought.

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The period 1922–4 in Moscow means the years of cultural and theoretical tension and excitement, the decline of the Proletkult, Sergei Eisenstein getting ready for his Potemkin, Vladimir Mayakovsky with his poetry, his plays, his left review Lev. The Moscow of these years also means the Russian formalist school with Victor Shklovsky, and the beginnings of Russian structuralism with Roman Jakobson. 24 It is also possible that Gramsci had the opportunity to continue his apprenticeship in ‘dialectical-structural’ thinking while sojourn-ing in Vienna (December 1923—May 1924).

The period 1922–4 in Moscow means the years of cultural and theoretical tension and excitement, the decline of the Proletkult, Sergei Eisenstein getting ready for his Potemkin, Vladimir Mayakovsky with his poetry, his plays, his left review Lev. The Moscow of these years also means the Russian formalist school with Victor Shklovsky, and the beginnings of Russian structuralism with Roman Jakobson. 24 It is also possible that Gramsci had the opportunity to continue his apprenticeship in ‘dialectical-structural’ thinking while sojourn-ing in Vienna (December 1923—May 1924).

It is surely possible that Gramsci had been exposed to the most advanced theoretical discourses on technological innovations in the arts and the avant-gardes of the time. 27 It is not impossible that Gramsci was aware of these architectural experiments in people-oriented functionalism carried out by progressive architects involved in urban planning in Vienna. Perhaps Gramsci was au fait with the latest developments in east and west when it came to the most advanced and challenging theories. 28 BEYOND THE MODERN: LINGUISTICS AND PHENOMENOLOGY I have made it my purpose, in chapters 3 and 4, to show parallels of various kinds between German critical theory, primarily from the 1930s, and Gramsci’s intermittent notes on aspects of modernization and technologization as they affect society and culture.

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