The Works of Elena Ferrante: History, Poetics, and Theory

20 Jan 2015 5:12 PM | Anonymous

Call for Papers  

The Works of Elena Ferrante: History, Poetics and Theory 

Volume to be edited by:

Grace Russo Bullaro

Professor, City University of New York-Lehman College

with Stephanie Love, CUNY Graduate School 

            In recent years, the novels of Elena Ferrante have drawn impressive popular and critical attention throughout the world. Rich in complex historical content, interesting structural and stylistic choices, and insightful portrayals of relationships and growing up, Ferrantes novels evoke important questions around history, poetics, language, politics and social and literary theory. This edited volume aims to give texture to some of the important issues, themes and concerns that constitute all of Elena Ferrantes novels. This call for papers seeks abstracts from authors across the fields of comparative literature, history, Italian studies, womens studies, linguistics, anthropology, English, sociology and others.

Some of the critical questions, themes and issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to: 

Literary criticism and social theory

   feminist theoryrepresentation of the evolution of feminism, motherhood, divorce, sexuality, marriage

   literary theory (Cognitive Poetics, heteroglossia, double-voicing, etc.)

   critical reception both in Italy and the Anglophone world 

Poetics                                                             

   structure of narrative

   style and language 

History

   economic and class historyItalyeconomic miracle, wealth, class divisions, and the terrorism of gli anni di piombo

   social movementsrepresentation, memory, nostalgia, consequences and connections with contemporary social movements 

The Neighborhood

   intersections with criminality

   the concepts of belonging and community. 

Language

   language, gender, and class

   translation studies

   language and educationhistory, class, gender, opportunity 

Please send an abstract of 500 words, with a tentative short bibliography and a bio sketch, to:          

Grace Russo Bullaro, gmandarin49@gmail.com

               and Stephanie Love  slove@gc.cuny.edu 

Deadline: March 15, 2015 


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