Modern Languages Prof. Presents at McGill University
Alessandro Giardino, assistant professor of modern languages, delivered a public lecture at McGill University, his alma mater, on March 1.
In his lecture, titled "The Neapolitan Imagery of Elena Ferrante," Giardino shed light on the literary landscape that inspired Ferrante's novels, by underscoring her affinity to a tradition of writers describing the city of Naples from a position of self-imposed exile. More specifically, Giardino argued that Ferrante's crude representation of Naples drew upon the imagery of post-war writers such as Curzio Malaparte and Anna Maria Ortese, thus prioritizing intellectual independence over personal freedom.
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