Lisa Mullenneaux is Associate Professor of Advanced Writing at the University of Maryland UC. She attended the University of Florence and earned a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from Pennsylvania State University with a thesis on the reception of Simone de Beauvoir’s novels in America. Lisa has published several nonfiction books and many articles and essays in consumer magazines and literary journals. She maintains the ekphrastic poetry gallery Painters and Poets (paintersandpoets.com) and lives and works in New York City.
Elena Ferrante’s fiction covers the psychic landscape of women who come of age in post-WWII Italy, who struggle to escape poverty and juggle the demands of career and family. This critical study of her seven novels integrates the novelist's own thoughts on her books from "La frantumaglia" (2003) with their critical reception since 1992, illuminating Ferrante's narrative technique and themes.