Selected Writings of an Eighteenth-Century Venetian Woman of Letters

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 1, 2007 - Literary Collections - 232 pages
Elisabetta Caminer Turra (1751-96) was one of the most prominent women in eighteenth-century Italy and a central figure in the international "Republic of Letters." A journalist and publisher, Caminer participated in important debates on capital punishment, freedom of the press, and the abuse of clerical power. She also helped spread Enlightenment ideas into Italy by promoting and publishing Voltaire's latest works and translating new European plays-plays she herself directed, to great applause, on Venetian stages.

Bringing together Caminer's letters, poems, and journalistic writings, nearly all published for the first time here, Selected Writings offers readers an intellectual biography of this remarkable figure as well as a glimpse into her intimate correspondence with the most prominent thinkers of her day. But more important, Selected Writings provides insight into the passion that animated Caminer's fervent reflections on the complex and shifting condition of women in her society-the same passion that pushed her to succeed in the male-dominated literary professions.
 

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Contents

The Making of a Woman of Letters in the EighteenthCentury Veneto
97
Women and Society
165
Series Editors Bibliography
215

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Catherine M. Sama is an assistant professor of Italian at the University of Rhode Island.

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