Dissolving margins between life, writing, and reading in Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend
Ferrante’s quadrilogy is a story of female friendship that challenges the patriarchal sexual, social, and linguistic order of post-world war II Italy. I read the intertwined lives of the protagonists, Elena and Lila, as a space of resistance, agency, and creativity and propose that Ferrante is appealing to women to recognise the power of women’s words and to utilise them to create this space.
Prof. Adalgisa Giorgio
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
University of Bath
26 February 6 pm University of Auckland Arts 1 315