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Volume Editor's Introduction

Volume Editor's Introduction

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Selected Writings of an Eighteenth-Century Venetian Woman of Letters
University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter discusses the life and works of Elisabetta Caminer. By age twenty-one, Caminer had made a place for herself in the Republic of Letters with her remarkable accomplishments as a journalist, translator, and director of theatrical works. She was celebrated in the most prestigious French literary periodicals—both the Journal encyclopédique de Bouillon and the Mercure de France—as well as Italian literary periodicals outside the Veneto. As one of the first female journalist-publishers of the Italian Peninsula, Caminer was an active participant in the Enlightenment discussions about civic, scientific, and religious authority, superstition and the power of human reason, the quest for individual and collective happiness, gender hierarchies in society, and the importance of public utility in devising methods of social, economic, and political reform.

Keywords:   Elisabetta Caminer, gender hierarchies, public utility, Enlightenment, civic authority, scientific authority, religious authority, happiness, superstition

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