Quaderni piacentini, set up in 1962 by Piergiorgio Bellocchio and Grazia Cherchi, was probably the most iconic leftist periodical in Italy before 1968. Its criticism against both the Italian Communist Party for its non- revolutionary policy and the reformist centre-left coalition, its uncompromising ethics, and its exploring into non-orthodox Marxist approaches made it representative of the intellectual New Left in Italy, against the background of advanced industrialization. This article explores the changing perception of the role of intellectuals in society from classic forms of an elitist political involvement to the desired identification with the masses. It argues that between the two different ways to approach culture that intersected in Quaderni piacentini and characterized the debate around 1968, namely the one expressed by Franco Fortini – advocate of the function of intellectuals and of the use of literature for political purposes – and the one supported by Alberto Asor Rosa – convinced of the need for a self-destruction of traditional ʻbourgeois’ disciplines – the periodical tended to side with the former, in order to keep culture a credible and legitimate tool for militancy.

Culture and political commitment in the non- orthodox Marxist Left: the case of Quaderni piacentini in pre-1968 Italy / F. Guidali. - In: HISTORY OF EUROPEAN IDEAS. - ISSN 0191-6599. - (2020). [Epub ahead of print] [10.1080/01916599.2020.1756892]

Culture and political commitment in the non- orthodox Marxist Left: the case of Quaderni piacentini in pre-1968 Italy

F. Guidali
2020

Abstract

Quaderni piacentini, set up in 1962 by Piergiorgio Bellocchio and Grazia Cherchi, was probably the most iconic leftist periodical in Italy before 1968. Its criticism against both the Italian Communist Party for its non- revolutionary policy and the reformist centre-left coalition, its uncompromising ethics, and its exploring into non-orthodox Marxist approaches made it representative of the intellectual New Left in Italy, against the background of advanced industrialization. This article explores the changing perception of the role of intellectuals in society from classic forms of an elitist political involvement to the desired identification with the masses. It argues that between the two different ways to approach culture that intersected in Quaderni piacentini and characterized the debate around 1968, namely the one expressed by Franco Fortini – advocate of the function of intellectuals and of the use of literature for political purposes – and the one supported by Alberto Asor Rosa – convinced of the need for a self-destruction of traditional ʻbourgeois’ disciplines – the periodical tended to side with the former, in order to keep culture a credible and legitimate tool for militancy.
Quaderni piacentini; Italian New Left; political commitment; Franco Fortini; Alberto Asor Rosa
Settore M-STO/04 - Storia Contemporanea
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