Take a comfortable seat, put on your headphones, and let Elena Ferrante transport you into the non-idealized story of two girls grown up in a poor neighborhood of post-war Naples, where Elena (aka Lenuccia/Lenù) and Raffaella (aka Lina/Lila) start fighting to find their place in a man’s world from a very young age. Just as in real life, their relationship is far from being unidimensional: it is very complex, made of mutual understanding, affection and admiration as well as rivalry and jealousy. We could even say that they are two sides of the same coin: while Lila envies Lenù for what she has, particularly for the possibility of studying and leaving the neighborhood, Lenù envies Lila for what she is – gifted, beautiful, bold, always the first in anything she does. After all, despite their insecurities, they are both brilliant in their own way and encourage each other to push past their limits. My brilliant friend is the first of the Neapolitan Novels, which are now progressively being turned into successful HBO series. We will read and analyze selected passages of the Neapolitan Quartet as we follow Lenù and Lina into marriage and motherhood and as they grow older and their life intertwine even more than before.
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 bibliography.
The course is offered staring October 6th:
Tuesdays 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).