Joseph A. Buttigieg
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English
Everything about Joseph Buttigieg’s academic accomplishments reflects the multicultural bent of a man born and raised on the Mediterranean island of Malta, educated at the doctoral level in the United States, and immersed in the study of modern European literature and critical theory.
The author of numerous journal articles, many of which have been translated into multiple languages, Buttigieg also wrote a book on the aesthetics of James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist in Different Perspective. He is the editor and translator of the multi-volume complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks, a project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Italian Minister of Culture appointed Buttigieg to a commission of experts tasked with overseeing the preparation of an edizione nationale of the writings of Gramsci, the highly original Italian philosopher, writer, and politician.
Buttigieg directs the PhD in Literature Program, a unique doctoral program that fosters transnational, multilingual, and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature. He is also the director of The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program.
Gifts from William R. Kenan Jr., a chemist, industrialist, and chemical and mechanical engineering consultant, were used to create two professorships at Notre Dame: one in English and another in sociology. Kenan, who died in 1965, devoted considerable resources during his lifetime to educational institutions and community organizations.