Danielle transported the class to Lenu and Lena’s world in a captivating and wonderful way. Her depth of knowledge, her explanation of the controversies, her cultivation of the time and place brought more depth and meaning to the Ferrante in Naples experience which is pretty dang beautiful on its own! I need to read the series and/or watch the series again with this new understanding! Can’t wait to see what Danielle shares next!
Very well organized and interesting insights to the world of Elena Ferrante’s books!
Now I want to read them again! Thanks!
Elena Ferrante's first book is in my Kindle, but I haven't read it yet. I hoped Danielle Oteri's talk would provide background, and it did: Now I can't wait to discover the people and places she talked about. She was organized and appealing, and I credit her for giving only one spoiler and warning us ahead of time! This was my first Context lecture with Ms. Oteri, and I immediately signed up for the next one.
I became aware of Elena Ferrante's work through the films. I was so taken by the characters I am now reading the Neapolitan Quartet with new appreciation of "place" and tradition provided by Ms. Oteri. Mille Grazie.
I could not attend this talk in person and I was quite sad I did not. I had lots of questions. This was an excellent presentation. Conversation was clear, moved along but without rushing, lots of information about the city, the area, esp the history. Most fascinating to me were the charts of Neapolitan language vs "Italian" vs Greek, Sp, Fr. So many words that I know are Neapolitan and my family is from Salerno province way up in the mountains! The underground city story was also marvelous to learn and the layers of history came alive in her talk. Thanks also for not relying on the typical tourist information that we have all heard and for bringing new light to this ancient city and culture. Would love to tour Naples--- hard to find a tour that would include Naples, Sorrentine Coast, and Salerno area but I must try!!! Thanks for a great talk!