About the event

Elena Ferrante is the pen name of an Italian novelist who has dominated the Italian literary landscape for the past twenty years. Ferrante has taken inspiration from growing up on the outskirts of Naples to weave narratives of many strands: the depth and complexity of female friendship, changes in Italian society in the second half of the twentieth century, and possibilities for self-actualization in a world still largely determined by poverty, patriarchy, and corruption. Ferrante is one of the very few recent Italian writers whose fame has reached the U.S., and now the tetralogy, the Neapolitan Novels, has earned an undisputed place in twenty-first-century letters.

Join writers, scholars, translators and publishers Kent Carroll (Publisher, Europa Editions), Ann Goldstein (translator of the Neopolitan Novels, Europa Editions), Bettina Lerner (Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center), and Giancarlo Lombardi (Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center) in a discussion of Ferrante's tetralogy.

Cosponsored by The Writers' Institute; Italian Cultural Institute; The Comparative Literature Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY.