Joseph A. Buttigieg


William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English
Director, PhD in Literature Program
Director, The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program
Co-Director, Italian Studies at Notre Dame

B.A. (Hons.), University of Malta; B.Phil., Heythrop College; M.A., University of Malta; Ph.D., SUNY-Binghamton

Specialty: Modern European literature, literary theory

Joseph A. Buttigieg's main interests are modern literature, critical theory, and the relationship between culture and politics. In addition to numerous articles, Buttigieg has authored a book on James Joyce's aesthetics, A Portrait of the Artist in Different Perspective. He is also the editor and translator of the multi-volume complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks, a project that has been supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Several of his articles on Gramsci have been translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Japanese. He was a founding member of the International Gramsci Society of which he is president. The Italian Minister of Culture appointed him to a commission of experts to oversee the preparation of the "edizione nazionale" of Gramsci's writings. Buttigieg serves on the editorial and advisory boards of various journals, and he is a member of the editorial collective of boundary 2.

Selected Publications

  • Criticism Without Boundaries: Directions and Crosscurrents in Postmodern Critical Theory. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 1987.
  • A Portrait of the Artist in Different Perspective. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1987.
  • Borg, Carmel, Joseph A. Buttigieg, and Peter Mayo, eds. Gramsci and Education. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.
  • Gramsci, Antonio. Prison Notebooks. Edited and translated by Joseph A. Buttigieg. Vols. 1 - 3. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992-2007.


Contact Information
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Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556