L’indomani is Italian woman writer Neera’s tenth novel, published in 1889 as part of a trilogy of novels (Teresa, Lydia and L’indomani) dedicated to the exploration of post-Unification Italian reality “dalla parte di lei” [from the female perspective] (qtd. in Arslan, Dame, galline e regine 128). In this novel Neera explores fin de siècle female reality within marriage, criticizing the way bourgeois society “prepares” women for wifedom with false expectations. After narrating the stories of a spinster’s hysteria and a bachelorette’s suicide in Teresa and Lydia, respectively, Neera suggests in this concluding novel of the trilogy that not even marriage offers women happiness and fulfillment.
The novel opens with the female protagonist Marta’s sense of surprise, the
Citation: Ramsey-Portolano, Catherine. "L’Indomani". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 February 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=31983, accessed 09 December 2023.]