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Hidden in Plain Sight: Reading Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels with Thais Vitorelli

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Four Sessions Tuesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT January 16 to April 9, 2024

Online via Zoom

This reading group has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Sebastian Mazza at [email protected].

The ‘With Books’ option includes all titles required for this group at a 10% discount from our Bookstore.

Meeting Details:
1/16, 2/13, 3/12, 4/9
Online via Zoom

Join us for an exploration of Elena Ferrante’s beloved Neapolitan Novels. In each of the 90-minute sessions, we will actively discuss the key aspects of Ferrante’s emotive narrative and how her two protagonists, Lila and Elena, navigate the tumultuous political and social landscape of post-war Naples.

We will dedicate one session for each volume of the saga, focusing primarily on Ferrante’s use of evocative imagery to illustrate themes such as female identity, motherhood, friendship, legacy, and citizenship. We will undertake close readings of Ferrante’s novels to enhance our enjoyment of the texts and speculate about the author’s intent and how our understanding of the story and its hidden-in-plain-sight messages evolve as the reading advances. Finally, we will discuss the intersections between the series and Ferrante’s other works.

Participants should My Brilliant Friend ahead of the first session.

What to expect from this reading group: The aim of this reading group is to combine participant-driven discussion with additional supplemental material and guidance by the instructor.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the My Brilliant Friend graphic novel  with their registration, courtesy of our friends at Europa Editions.


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    Thais Vitorelli

    Thais Vitorelli

    Thais Vitorelli (she/they) is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and educator from São Paulo, Brazil. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from The New School, and sometimes experiments with poetry and autofiction. Her stories have been featured in The Inquisitive Eater, Share Literary Journal, Pitch Wars, and Coca-Cola Refreshing Films. To learn more, visit