Elena Ferrante's Key Words (Tiziana de Rogatis)

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"I greatly admire the work of Tiziana de Rogatis. She is a reader of deep refinement. Often I think that she knows my books better than I. So, I read her with admiration and remain silent."--ELENA FERRANTE, in the magazine, San Lian Sheng Huo Zhou Kan

Ferrante's four-volume novel cycle known in English as the Neapolitan quartet has become a global success, with over ten million readers in close to fifty countries. Her readers recount feeling "addicted" to the novels; they describe a pleasure in reading that is as rare as it is irresistible, a compulsion that leads them either to devour the books or to ration them so as to prolong the pleasure.

De Rogatis here addresses that same transnational, diverse, transversal audience. Elena Ferrante's Key Words is conceived as a lighted path made of luminous key words that synthesize the multiform aspects of Ferrante's writing and guide us through the labyrinth of her global success.

 

Review

 

Praise for Elena Ferrante's Kew Words

"A richly layered study that will appeal to the well-versed fan."--Kirkus Reviews

"An exceptional companion to the source material, particularly for the lit-crit crowd looking to affirm Ferrante's reinvention of the future of the novel."--Library Journal

 

About the Author

 

Born in Naples, Tiziana de Rogatis is currently an associate professor of Comparative Literature at the University for Foreigners of Siena. Her recent work analyzes modern constructions of the feminine interpreted in an anthropological manner via the reemergence of classical myths. She has written and lectured widely on Elena Ferrante in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, Asia and the United States. She lives in Rome.