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webinar > Elena Ferrante’s Key Words: Time and Identity in the Neapolitan Quartet



webinar > Elena Ferrante’s Key Words: Time and Identity in the Neapolitan Quartet

In the Neapolitan Quartet, Elena Ferrante sketches a genealogical cycle that extends from the 1950s to the first decade of the new millennium and challenges notions of nationhood, progress, revolution, and even feminism. This conversation between Laura Benedetti (Georgetown University) and Tiziana de Rogatis (Università per Stranieri di Siena) tackles some crucial themes in Elena Ferrante’s tetralogy—such as language, time, and friendship—while exploring their adaptation to the screen in the HBO critically acclaimed series directed by Saverio Costanzo.

This program is organized by the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC and the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Department of Italian at Georgetown University. September 1st marked the United States launch of Ferrante’s much anticipated new book The Lying Life of Adults, published by Europa Editions.


LOCATION: Zoom Webinar ( Registration Required )

WHEN: September 30th, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET



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laura benedetti

Laura Benedetti is the Laura and Gaetano De Sole Professor of Contemporary Italian Culture at Georgetown University. Her publications include La sconfitta di Diana. Un percorso per la Gerusalemme liberata, The Tigress in the Snow: Motherhood and Literature in Twentieth-Century Italy (winner of the 2008 International Flaiano Prize for Italian Studies), the English translation of Lucrezia Marinella’s Esortazioni alle donne and the novels Un paese di carta (2015) and Secondo piano (2017).

She is the recipient of grants and awards from several organizations, including the Renaissance Society of America, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the Delmas Foundation. Her latest work is the volume  Da Venezia al Cairo: il viaggio di Zaccaria Pagani nel primo Cinquecento  in collaboration with Enrico Musacchio. (Photo credits: Laura Bianchi)



Tiziana De RogatisBorn in Naples, Tiziana de Rogatis is associate professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy. Her scholarship includes numerous articles, edited volumes, and several monographs on Eugenio Montale and T. S. Eliot, on Derek Walcott, on Kym Ragusa, on Elsa Morante, and of course, on Elena Ferrante. She is the editor of the journal for literary theory and criticism Allegoria. Her most recent scholarship focuses on figurations of female identity in modern and contemporary Italian and world literature.

She is particularly interested in how ancient myth and ceremonial rites emerge as constitutive of feminine subjectivity in the works of Elena Ferrante. Her book Elena Ferrante. Parole ChiaveElena Ferrante's Key Words – was published in 2018 in Italy, by Ferrante’s own Italian publisher. In 2019 it was translated into English and published by Europa Editions, Elena Ferrante’s publisher in the United States.  She has presented her research around the world, from China to Sweden.



Data: Mer 30 Set 2020

Orario: Alle 16:00

Organizzato da : Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

In collaborazione con : Department of Italian at Georgetown University

Ingresso : Libero