'Benedetti focuses her analysis of motherhood in Italian literature on texts written primarily by women authors ranging from early years of the twentieth century to the late 1990s... the result is a fascinating and perceptive analysis of a theme that is a collective obsession in Italian culture.' (Rebecca West Modern Philology: vol 108:04:2011
’Laura Benedetti has written a well-documented and informative study illuminating the importance of motherhood in understanding the ’difference‘ in Italian women's writings as well as the ’difference‘ in Italian feminist theory. She presents a broad and comprehensive picture of the complex interaction between different generations of women writers, their male counterparts, and changes in Italian culture throughout the twentieth century. The Tigress in the Snow
delivers insightful literary analyses that will be of great use to students and scholars.‘ (Carol Lazzaro-Weis, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Missouri-Columbia)|
'The Tigress in the Snow provides a complete overview of Italian women writers in the twentieth century, as well as individual treatments of particular writers, their major works, and their literary characteristics. It is the first study to deal exclusively with the subject of motherhood and Italian literature, and it does so with a clear understanding of the cultural background out of which the writers dealt with conceived their works. Laura Benedetti's writing is extremely engaging and vivid, and reading her work is not only informative but a real pleasure.'
(Pietro Frassica, Department of French and Italian, Princeton University)