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The long eighteenth century marked the birth of modern journalism in Europe. Thanks to the increasing dynamism of the “travelling news,” the periodical press played a pivotal role in shaping an increasingly rich and lively European intercultural dialogue. It was also the most direct and widespread medium that put eighteenth- and early-nineteenth century Italian and European readers in touch with domestic and foreign literature.
Transcultural Journalism: English Novels and the Italian Press (1720-1815) explores the reception of English novels (i.e. novels written in English) in the Italian literary press during the long eighteenth century, addressing a largely uncharted aspect of Anglo-Italian intercultural relations and of the history of readership. Literary journalism promoted the circulation of news about the English novel news in the form of announcements, reviews, debates. It was a discourse that progressively gained attention in the public sphere, influenced the development of the emerging Italian novel, affected the debate on national identity and led to a reassessment of the role of women in society. This project provides a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the cultural impact exerted by the wide circulation and dissemination of English novels in Italy, often through French translations, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Romantic movement of the early Nineteenth century.