ONLINE SEMINAR
Ferrante and Before: Elena Ferrante, Elsa Morante and Grazia Deledda

$360.00

Who has not marveled at the literary phenomenon we know as Elena Ferrante? In this seminar, we will read and discuss novels written by Elena Ferrante and by two earlier Italian writers, Elsa Morante and Grazia Deledda. Like Ferrante, both were known for their explorations of the complexity of human relations.

When: Starts January 18, 2023. Six weekly sessions on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern. Ends February 22, 2023.

Cost: C$360 plus 13% HST (approx. US$280 plus 13% HST)

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date.

Online seminar payments are nonrefundable. Discount codes must be used at the time of purchase.

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Nella Cotrupi is a lawyer and educator whose scholarly work and publications have focused on the social and ethical engagements of literature. Nella has led many seminar and discussion groups for Classical Pursuits. She is excited to be introducing English-speaking audiences to a wider range of Italian literature in translation.

BOOKS

My Brilliant Friend, (vol. 1 of The Neapolitan Novels) by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein. Europa Editions (2012)
ISBN-13: 978-1609450786

Arturo’s Island, by Elsa Morante, translated by Ann Goldstein. W. W. Norton (2020)
ISBN-13: 9781631496622

After the Divorce, by Grazia Deledda, translated by Susan Ashe. Northwestern University Press (1995)
ISBN-13: 978-0810112490

 

Participants are required to obtain these translations to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion. They are encouraged to read as much in advance as possible.

Who has not marveled at the literary phenomenon we know as Elena Ferrante? In this seminar, we will read and discuss novels written by Elena Ferrante and by two earlier Italian writers, Elsa Morante and Grazia Deledda.

In many ways, Elena Ferrante stands on the shoulders of Elsa Morante (1912–1985) and Grazia Deledda (1871–1936), as Ferrante herself has acknowledged. Grazia Deledda, (1871–1936) wrote over 30 novels and won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1926. Today, her novels are being re-examined for their profound psychological and moral insights developed at a time of glaring inequality.Like Deledda, Elsa Morante (1912–1985) began publishing stories at a very young age. She too earned fame and recognition as a writer during her life. Morante’s unflinching examination of gender roles and identities, and her insights into the complexity of human relations continue to earn her novels international prominence.

Some questions to ponder as you read these works are: How is your reading of the texts influenced by the strong identification of each author with a particular place and time? Do you see lines of continuity and concern in these novels? How important to the work, and to your reading of it, is the author’s gender? We compare these writers’ themes and concerns, as well as their styles and narrative strategies. We will also consider how these novels were received and what that reception tells us about the meaning and function of literature when given voice by women.

“Before Elena Ferrante there was Grazia Deledda.” — Matt Reimann

Online seminar payments are nonrefundable. Discount codes must be used at the time of purchase.

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