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Elena Ferrante's Naples

There always has been a certain mystery that surrounds Naples. We often hear of its delicious foods, rich cultural history, and gorgeous scenery; but this is the Naples of tourist guides and history books. Many books about the city tend to focus on the elite courts or the foreigners who controlled it for centuries. How much do we know of the real Naples? Through the writing of Italian novelist Elena Ferrante—a raw, new voice—readers experience the gritty, violent life in postwar Naples from the point of view of two women, childhood friends who are fighting, against all odds, to pull themselves up. Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels have become a phenomenon, topping bestseller lists around the world. In this course, these novels will serve as our guide to discovering the real Naples and Campania. The course will end with a celebratory lunch at a local Neapolitan restaurant.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the history and culture of Naples, Italy
  • An understanding of how Elena Ferrante’s novels reveal the reality of life in Naples

Ideal for

  • Both fans of Elena Ferrante’s novels and those new to her writing
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
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