"Being in the Mind of a Teenager" A Conversation with Ann Goldstein about Elena Ferrante's "The Lying Life of Adults"

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Olivia Santovetti


A brief commentary on Elena Ferrante's novel, The Lying Life of Adults, followed by an interview with the translator Ann Goldstein. 

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Olivia Santovetti, University of Leeds

Olivia Santovetti is associate professor in Italian at the University of Leeds. Her main fields of research are the theory of the novel, narratology, and the history of reading. She has published on Elena Ferrante, Calvino, Gadda, Pirandello, De Roberto, Neera, Dossi, Tarchetti and on the reception of Laurence Sterne in Italy (she edited and translated a selection of his Sermons for Signorelli). She has published the book Digression: A Narrative Strategy in the Italian Novel (2007) and edited the special issue of The Italianist, Self-reflection in Italian Literature (2015). Her current research investigates the representation of reading and readers in the nineteenth century Italian novel; her project, “The woman reader in Italian literature and visual arts in the fin de siècle period,” was funded by the British Academy.