Eleonora Fonseca Pimentel, From Arcadia to Revolution: The Neapolitan Monitor and Other Writings

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series, Vol. 67

Eleonora Fonseca Pimentel, From Arcadia to Revolution: The Neapolitan Monitor and Other Writings

Edited by Verina R. Jones
2019 | 246 + xix pp. | 978-0-86698-616-8 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
MRTS 558 | $47.95 |

OVEME v.67. Eleonora Fonseca Pimentel was a poet, a political writer, a journalist, and a politician. She was the editor, and virtually the only writer of the Monitore Napoletano (Neapolitan Monitor), the journal in which she recorded the events and debates that took place in the short-lived Neapolitan Jacobin Republic of 1799. She sought to influence both government policy and public opinion. As a political analyst she also put forward with this journal one of the first analyses ever of popular culture and its political implications, and confronted the challenge of trying to implement a revolutionary political project in a situation of abject poverty intertwined with a deeply conservative populist mind-set.


Reviews

Eleonora Fonseca Pimentel richly deserves a major Anglophone study, and in Verina Jones she has found an editor-translator whose edition of Fonseca Pimentel’s writings more than makes up for past neglect. Jones makes these writings and their author accessible to a broad and non-specialist readership through introductory and narrative sections that place Fonseca Pimentel in inter-linked historical, biographical, political and cultural contexts, and not least in her far from uncontended place in gender and feminist studies. The Epilogue complements this with a critical review of the changing bibliographies and interpretations of Fonseca Pimentel, and takes up the defense of her politics against critics who have accused her of ignoring issues of gender.

—John A. Davis, Emiliana Pasca Noether Professor of Modern Italian History, University of Connecticut