More than a million copies sold in North America – Elena Ferrante’s “Neapolitan novels” have been a phenomenon for a few years. To explore the world of the Neapolitan quartet means to dig into Italian history, learn about Italian feminist thought and women’s writing; get acquainted with literary genres, from the feuilleton to the realist novel; and observe the facets of metanarrative. Many of these aspects are also crucial to an understanding of the Neapolitan Novels’ reception, in Italy and abroad, and to the doxing of their author in 2016.
Through close textual reading, class discussions and debates, response papers, independent research and presentations, students will practice their analytical, research, writing, and communicative skills.
Class and readings are all in English. Issues of/with translation will be part of the course.