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The new JLIC issue is online!

  • January 14, 2022


The new JLIC issue entitled ‘Literature, social engagement, and civil commitment in the Italian press of the 18th and 19th centuries is now online! 


The issue, edited by guest editors Francesca Bianco (University of Padua) and Andrea Penso (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), focuses on some of the many crossings occurring between literature, politics, and social themes that animated the variegated Italian journalistic environment across the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the aspects that characterized the Italian cultural, social, and political vitality of the 18th and 19th centuries, is the rise of literary reviews and magazines. Initially considered as a second-level circuit for the discussion of various aspects of intellectual and social life with respect to the elitist circles and the salotti letterari, the reviews became a widespread medium for the dissemination of knowledge and information, thanks to their capillary diffusion. Despite the heterogeneity of the Italian press at the time, however, it is possible to pinpoint at least one constant: the regular intersections occurring between journalism and literature led to an increased socio-political engagement of the journals. Through detailed surveys on magazines, journals, and editorial experiences, the articles aim specifically at investigating the role played by the journals of the time as platforms where literature and its role in society were discussed on an almost daily basis, giving rise to conversations that were not limited to the literary domain. The issue’s perspective goes beyond territorial boundaries, as it also engages with the intercultural crossings that animated the European scene of the time: the periodical press was one of the main protagonists in the cross-cultural dissemination of knowledge and in the intercontinental dialogue of the time. The periodical press became the forum for perspectives on themes such as education and culture as well as on consensus organization or other social and political issues. The topics of discussion, often based on the intersections occurring between literature and actuality, acquired a decisive value in the formation of cultural and political identity in the Italian peninsula: literature was often bent for purposes that went beyond the goal of artistic hedonism, uncovering a path which revealed the traces of political changes. The debates that animated the journals, gravitating around the intersections between literature, international politics, gender issues, and civic identity, mirrored the image of a society that was becoming increasingly sensitive to new cultural issues and permeated by a participatory spirit which the dominant censorship could not stop.


This issue includes the following articles:


. Francesca Bianco, Andrea Penso, “Introduction”

. Elena Zilotti, “Journalism and Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment: Elisabetta Caminer’s reviews for L’Europa Letteraria

. Maria Di Maro, “The Enlightened Journalism of Elisabetta Caminer Turra”

. Andrea Penso, “Between Literature and Journalism: The Circulation of Foreign Literary News on the Italian Gazettes of the Early 19th Century”

. Francesca Bianco, “Stampa periodica e nuova coscienza civile nel Veneto del ‘decennio di preparazione’: il caso della Rivista Euganea”

. Carmela Panarello, “Da Cornelia a Cordelia: Il lavoro delle donne nella stampa femminile Toscana”

. Marguerite Bordry, “Un « jeu de miroirs » déformant? Les revues italiennes sous l’œil du Mercure de France (1890-1918)”