|Birth Date:||Sat, Apr 14, 1703|
|Death Date:||Sat, Jul 17, 1779|
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Connected to her career as a playwright, Bergalli's translation activities focused on plays: starting from 1727, she translated all of Publius Terentius' comedies from Latin and several seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French dramas, which were very popular in Venice at the time.
From her marriage onwards, Bergalli began a translation enterprise in collaboration with her husband Gaspare Gozzi. As it was often the case in eighteenth-century Europe, several of Bergalli's translations were issued under her husband's name, Claude Fleury's monumental Histoire ecclésiastique constituting the foremost example.
Bergalli used free verse to give a better rendering of the works she translated, and her editions often showed the original parallel text in Latin or French.
secondary bibliography references
Claudio Mutini, 'Luisa Bergalli', in Dizionario biografico degli italiani, vol. 9, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana, 1967.
Pamela Steward, 'Eroine della dissimulazione. Il teatro di Luisa Bergalli Gozzi', Quaderni Veneti, 19, (1994), 73-92.
- Luisa Ricaldone, La scrittura nascosta. Donne di lettere e loro immagini tra Arcadia e Restaurazione, Honoré Champion, 1996, 188-201.
Adriana Chemello, Le ricerche erudite di Luisa Bergalli, in Geografie e genealogie letterarie. Erudite, biografe, cronisti, narratrici, épistolières, utopiste tra Settecento e Ottocento, Il Poligrafo, 2000, 49-88.
Adrienne Ward, 'The Price of Sonnets and Bonnets: How Gender Works in Luisa Bergalli's "Le avventure del poeta"', Italica, 79, n°2 (2002), 168-88.
Stuart Curran, 'Recollecting the Renaissance. Luisa Bergalli's Componimenti poetici (1726)', in Strong Voices, Weak History. Early Women Writers and Canons in England, France and Italy, ed. by Pamela Joseph Benson and Victoria Kirkham, University of Michigan, 2005, 263-86.
Adriana Chemello, ed., Luisa Bergalli poeta drammaturga traduttrice critica letteraria, Atti del Convegno 'Luisa Bergalli Gozzi e il suo tempo', Eidos, 2008.
Catherine M. Sama, '"On Canvas and on the Page". Women Shaping Culture in Eighteenth-Century Venice', in Italy's Eighteenth Century. Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour, ed. by Paula Findlen, Wendy Wassyng Roworth, and Catherine M. Sama, Stanford University Press, 2009, 125-50.
Gilberto Pizzamiglio, 'Sull’antologia poetica al femminile di Luisa Bergalli', Quaderni Veneti, 5, n°1 (2016), 55-67.
Rotraud von Kulessa, 'Between Patronage and Professional Writing. The Situation of Eighteenth Century Women of Letters in Venice: The Example of Luisa Bergalli Gozzi', in Economic Imperatives for Women's Writing in Early Modern Europe, ed. by Carme Font Paz and Nina Geerdink, Brill, 2018, 147-66.
- Giovanni Lista