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The World of Elena Ferrante: Storia del nuovo cognome

9, 2-hour lessons, biweekly on Fridays, 6-8pm EST
Hybrid course taught partially in-person with certain dates online.
Recommended for Levels: B2-C1
June 10 – September 30

Elena Ferrante is the acclaimed author of the Neapolitan Novels, a 4-part series about the complex and captivating friendship between main characters Lila and Elena. This wonderful story is set in Naples over a period of Italy’s history from the ‘50s to the ‘90s.

In these four books, Elena Ferrante deals, intimately and controversially, with the questions of girlhood and womanhood through the vicissitudes of a strong friendship. She does this using a highly musical language, accessible to everyone. The material is thus perfectly suited for Italian language learners and those looking for a true taste of Italy. The characters, themes, and grammatical structures used, create the perfect intersection of literature, history and language at its best.

Stemming from the vision of each episode of the HBO adaptation, My Brilliant Friend, this specialty course will consist of the reading and comprehension of selected parts of the tetralogy’s second book, Storia del nuovo cognome, along with exercises of creative writing and listening.

Please make sure to have read the first book, L’amica geniale, prior to attending this class.

Class Calendar:
June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5: IN-PERSON
August 19, September 2, September 16: ONLINE
September 30: IN-PERSON