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Journal Title: Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie Occidentale

ISSN: 2499-2232 (Print); 2499-1562 (Online)

Publisher: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari

Society/Institution: Ca'Foscari University of Venice

LCC Subject Category: Language and Literature: Philology. Linguistics: Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar

Country of publisher: Italy

Language of fulltext: Russian, Spanish, English, Dutch, Italian, French, Portuguese, German

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D’Amore, Manuela (Università degli Studi di Catania, Italia)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 32 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The study of the relations that the Royal Society established with Italy in the years 1665-1700 has generally been neglected by academic debate. Our purpose here is to show that there is still a lot to learn from the huge amount of letter articles that were published in vols. 1-22 of the Society's scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions, and that the type of information that its first two editors, Henry Oldenburg (c. 1619-1677) and Edmond Halley (1656-1742), circulated since 1665 was not only related to the field of Natural Philosophy, but also contributed to arouse prospective travellers' interest in the Bel Paese and its artistic and naturalistic treasures. Seen from an intertextual perspective, and divided into two macro text-based and thematic sections, the writings connected with the city of Rome, Vesuvius, and Etna will demonstrate that the journal's editorial choices were in perfect harmony with the literary trends of the time, and that the main socio-cultural phenomenon of the Enlightenment, that of the Grand Tour, has its roots in the scientific exchanges that English learned academies wanted to have since the late Stuart Era.