Ferrante’s setting in La vita bugiarda degli adulti (The Lying Life of Adults) is once again Naples, the city from which she herself fled as a young woman and to which she returns again and again. “With Naples”, she once wrote, “accounts are never closed, even at a distance … that city is not an ordinary place, it’s an extension of the body, a matrix of perception … Everything that has been permanently meaningful for me has Naples as its backdrop.”
Fans of the Neapolitan quartet will recognize the themes to which she repeatedly returns: class, the juxtaposition of beauty and vulgarity, status, money, expectations, female friendships, mothers and daughters. And also the perilousness of young men, here exemplified by several raw and hungry young Neapolitans.
The course will enhance the students’ vocabulary and familiarity with idiomatic expressions, and will emphasize reading comprehension, translation skills, recognition and collaborative learning while exploring modern Italian literature. Expand your vocabulary, review grammar and learn new narrative tenses while reading selected readings from Elena Ferrante’s latest novel.
The course is offered staring October 8th:
Thursdays 11:00am and 12:00pm ET
Take five sessions, 60-min each for CAD$255 + HST (USD$200)
We recommend this program to students who have completed Corso Mazzini or equivalent level (B1).