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In The Ferrante Letters, authors and academics Sarah Chihaya, Merve Emre, Katherine Hill and Jill Richards embark on a series of critical and personal readings of the Neapolitan novels.
Inspired by Ferrante’s depiction of female friendship and women’s intellectual lives, this book of collective criticism offers a new model for reading and thinking together.
Join Chihaya, Emre, Hill and Richards for a series of probing lectures on each of Ferrante’s acclaimed novels, concluding with a collective interview of Ann Goldstein, English translator of the books.
“The Ferrante Letters gives us a unique opportunity to read—or reread—the Neapolitan novels with four distinct guides beside us, both literary and personal, posing questions and offering insights, analysis, and discussion that enrich and deepen our experience of the books,” writes Ann Goldstein.
October 16: My Brilliant Friend with Sarah Chihaya
October 30: The Story of a New Name with Katherine Hill
November 13: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay with Jill Richards
December 4: The Story of the Lost Child with Merve Emre
December 11: An interview with Ann Goldstein
Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, as well as The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism, can be purchased from bookshop.org.
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Sarah Chihaya is assistant professor of English at Princeton University.
Katherine Hill is assistant professor of English at Adelphi University. She is the author of the novels The Violet Hour and A Short Move.
Jill Richards is assistant professor of English and affiliated faculty in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale University …
Jill Richards is assistant professor of English and affiliated faculty in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale University. She is the author of The Fury Archives: Female Citizenship, Human Rights and the International Avant-Gardes.
Merve Emre is associate professor of English at the University of Oxford. Her most recent book is The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing.
Longtime head of the copy-editing department at The New Yorker, Ann Goldstein is editor of The Complete Works of Primo Levi …
Longtime head of the copy-editing department at The New Yorker, Ann Goldstein is editor of The Complete Works of Primo Levi and the translator of works from the Italian by Elena Ferrante, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alessandro Baricco and Jhumpa Lahiri. With regard to her work on the four “Neapolitan Novels,” the reclusive Ferrante herself has told interviewers, “I trust Ann completely.”
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