2275 - Read and Discuss: Elena Ferrante Book 3 & 4 Neopolitan Novels
Elena Ferrante's novels follow the lives of two girls from childhood to maturity in a poor neighborhood in Naples. The issues raised in the novels have resonated with readers — patriarchy and feminism, friendship and family, poverty and violence, education and ambition. The mystery of Ferrante's real identity may have been recently solved. If so, the "real" author imagined the lives of people quite unlike herself. This is the paradox of literature: the idea that nothing human is alien, that we all have the power to imagine our way into the lives of one another. The Spring session of Read and Discuss will complete the Neopolitan series reading Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014) and The Story of the Lost Child (2015). Facilitated Discussion. Bobbie Hardaker and Carol Sirota continue as the course coordinators. Class members are encouraged to take an active role in structuring/planning the assigned reading. Participation is a key ingredient for this reading experience.
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