Elena Ferrante’s «brilliant» history

Author/s Monica Galfré
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/108 Language Italian
Pages 19 P. 111-129 File size 148 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2019-108006
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The article analyses the way Elena Ferrante’s My brilliant friend, one of the great literary successes of recent years, narrates the story of the Italian post-war decades. These years appear to us today as a defining period of the twentieth century, of great hopes and equally great disappointments. Moving beyond a methodological discussion, the article strives to compare, on the basis of the issues and the themes dealt with in Ferrante’s long novel, historical discourse with another type of narrative of the past. The article thereby teases out points of convergence, contrast and complementarity, while being fully aware that the relationship between literature and history is complex and problematic.

Keywords: Literature, History, L’amica geniale by Elena Ferrante, Italy

Monica Galfré, La storia «geniale» di Elena Ferrante in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 108/2019, pp 111-129, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2019-108006