Serena Alessi received her PhD in 2015 from Royal Holloway University of London, where she also taught Italian language and culture. She subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships at The British School at Rome, at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, and at the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York. She is currently co-editing a publication on Italian literary heroines and national identity and she is preparing her monograph on the myth of Penelope in the Italian literary tradition. Her interests include contemporary Italian literature, feminism, and postcolonial studies. Serena is also a contributor to the literary blog criticaletteraria.org.