Elena Ferrante

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Elena Ferrante

Spring 2020

Taught By: Margaret Boe Birns

Section: A

CRN: 6703

Credits: 3

A ferocious modern masterpiece that has attained a global readership, the four novels by Elena Ferrante that comprise the “Neapolitan series” have been described as inimitable, groundbreaking and titanic, a work of genius. Beginning in the years after World War II and ending in 2010, these novels feature with increasing velocity two poor children from a neighborhood in Naples whose adult lives epitomize the tremendous changes sweeping over not only their impoverished but beautiful Neapolitan world, but all of Italy and all of Europe and America in the last half of the 20th century. We will especially explore the volatile, complex relationship between the daring, brilliant and formidable Lila and her rival, her opposite number, her twin, her enemy, her friend, and her author, Elena. As we follow these two extraordinary modern women as well as their brothers, husbands, lovers, sons and daughters through the last half of the 20th century's possibilities, power struggles, Mafioso entanglements, transgressions and revolutions, we will explore the way these two friends love and hate, work, study and create, marry and raise children, and finally struggle to make sense of it all. Readings: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante: My Brilliant Friend; The Story of a New Name; Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay; The Story of the Lost Child.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:22am 1/19/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/10/2020