Selected Writings of an Eighteenth-Century Venetian Woman of Letters

Selected Writings of an Eighteenth-Century Venetian Woman of Letters

Elisabetta Caminer Turra

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226817675

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

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, this book 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 importantly, it 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.