Eleonora De Fonseca Pimentel: The First Democratic Journalist

Jun 30, 2020 28

BY: DELFINA DUCCI

In 1799, Eleonora De Fonseca Pimentel was a Pasionaria of the short and glorious Parthenopean Republic — a legendary heroine and pioneer of modern journalism. With an enlightened eighteenth-century city as its backdrop, Naples was bustling with intellectuals. It was the European capital of culture and finance.

But it was also the stage for a cruel injustice enforced against the woman who Benedetto Croce defined as “virile intelligence” — one not tearful like the women of the time who, despite being granted the opportunity for a higher education during that century, were reluctant to leave their domestic duties and plot the history of female independence.

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SOURCE: https://italicsmag.com

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