ITALIAN 415 - Topics in Italian Studies
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Elena Ferrante, Authorship, and World Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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With permission of instructor.
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Taught in English.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet has sold more than 10 million copies in 40 countries. Some have called it a Harry Potter saga for adults. But Ferrante does not build a fantastic universe of wizards, patronuses, and magical trains. On the contrary, the quartet’s portrayal of female friendship, motherhood, and family unfolds against the backdrop of a very distinct and underexplored Italian past. And yet despite being rooted in the particularities of Italian urban life, Ferrante’s saga has become a global phenomenon. What makes it so appealing to audiences all over the world? In this class, we will read all four of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels and discuss its peculiar place (and the place of Italy more broadly) in World Literature. We will pay special attention to how the Neapolitan novels challenge notions of authorship and shine a light on the crucial role of translation in the global circulation of literature. Class taught in English with the option of carrying out coursework (readings and written assignments) in Italian.


ITALIAN 415 - Topics in Italian Studies
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001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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