Joseph Buttigieg

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Joseph Buttigieg
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Joseph Anthony Buttigieg II

(1947-05-20)May 20, 1947
DiedJanuary 27, 2019(2019-01-27) (aged 71)
EducationUniversity of Malta (B.A., M.A.)
Heythrop College (B.Phil.)
SUNY-Binghamton (Ph.D.)
OccupationScholar, academic, translator
Jennifer Anne Montgomery (m. 1980)
ChildrenPete Buttigieg

Joseph Anthony Buttigieg II[1][2] (May 20, 1947 – January 27, 2019)[3] was a Maltese-American literary scholar and translator.[4] He served as William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame until his retirement in 2017, when he was named professor emeritus. Buttigieg cotranslated and coedited the three-volume English edition of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks.

Early life and education[edit]

Buttigieg was born as the eldest of eight siblings to Maria Concetta (née Portelli) and Joseph Anthony Buttigieg in Hamrun, Malta.[3] He began his education in Hamrun, completing undergraduate work and a master's degree at the University of Malta.[5] He earned a second postgraduate degree, a B.Phil., from Heythrop College in London, then a Ph.D. (1976) from the State University of New York at Binghamton.[5][3] He was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1979.[3]

Career and personal life[edit]

Buttigieg taught at New Mexico State University at Las Cruces starting in 1976 and there met Jennifer Anne Montgomery, also a new faculty member.[3] In 1980, they married and also joined the faculty of Notre Dame.[3][6] Their son Pete Buttigieg is mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a presidential candidate in the 2020 election.[7]

Buttigieg specialized in modern European literature and theory.[8] He was translator and editor of the three-volume English edition of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks, published from 1992 to 2007 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.[9] He was a founding member of the International Gramsci Society and served as its president.[10] He also served as chair of the English Department at Notre Dame and was promoted to William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English[5]. He was named an emeritus professor in 2017.[5] He died on January 27, 2019.[11]



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  4. ^ St Martin, Victoria (January 27, 2019). "'It's been a good trip.' Father of Mayor Pete Buttigieg dies after illness". South Bend Tribune. South Bend, Indiana. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
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  6. ^ Fuller, Jaime (March 10, 2014). "The most interesting mayor you've never heard of". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Professor reflects on son's mayoral victory". The Observer. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Joseph A. Buttigieg // Department of English". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
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  10. ^ University profile.
  11. ^ Flake, Marie (January 27, 2019). "Mayor Pete Buttigieg mourns father's passing". ABC57. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  12. ^ Leitch, Vincent B. (1988). "Critical Genealogies: Historical Situations for Postmodern Literary Studies, and: Criticism without Boundaries: Directions and Crosscurrents in Postmodern Critical Theory (review)". MFS Modern Fiction Studies. 34 (2): 319–321. doi:10.1353/mfs.0.0707. ISSN 1080-658X.
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  14. ^ Feshbach, Sidney (Spring 1988). "Reviewed Work: A Portrait of the Artist in Different Perspective by Joseph A. Buttigieg". James Joyce Quarterly. 25 (3): 385–391. JSTOR 25484891.
  15. ^ Yip, Kwok Hung (September 2003). "Book reviews". International Journal of Lifelong Education. 22 (5): 542–554. doi:10.1080/0260137032000102878.
  16. ^ Harper, William A. (1 January 2004). "European Christian Democracy: Historical Legacies and Comparative Perspectives. Edited by Thomas Kselman and Joseph A. Buttigieg. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003. 352 pp. $40.00 cloth, $18.00 paper". Journal of Church and State. 46 (1): 143–144. doi:10.1093/jcs/46.1.143. ISSN 0021-969X.
  17. ^ Spanos, William V. (January 2006). "Cuvier's Little Bone: Joseph Buttigieg's English Edition of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks". Rethinking Marxism. 18 (1): 23–36. doi:10.1080/08935690500410593.