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Walking in the footsteps of Elena and Lila
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Discovering Ischia’s charms
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Exploring the posh Vomero district
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Discussing with a Ferrante authority from the University of Naples
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Savouring pizza and pastry

The Ferrante Phenomenon in Naples & Ischia

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Elena Ferrante, a mysterious and anonymous author, has taken the reading world by storm with her brilliant quartet of novels set in the daunting place that is contemporary Naples, Italy.

Naples is one of the most beautiful and infamous of the great Italian cities - and one of Italy's most ancient urban centres. With its breathtakingly beautiful bay and islands, its unmistakable volcano, classical roots, and rich cultural and culinary patrimony, it has earned a special place in our imagination. It was a must on the grand tour, and writers as diverse as Goethe, Stendhal, Leopardi and Pablo Neruda have known its allure. Against this bounty we have the squalor, danger and sadness of a society and a people long suppressed by nepotism, corruption, violence, poverty and dependency.

All of these facets of the city, and more, are captured in Ferrante's Neapolitan novels. How has Naples managed the transition to the modern world? What is lost and what gained in this process? How have human and family ties and the lives of women, in particular, been impacted by this transition? These are among the big questions Ferrante explores, and in reading her novels, we will gain insights into the Naples of today and her people. We will read and discuss the four critically acclaimed novels of Ferrante, but we will also walk in the footsteps of Elena and Lila, her protagonists, and, I am guessing, the author’s alter egos.

To appreciate the many layers of culture, people and history that are the sediment of today’s complex Neapolitan world, we will spend time getting to know the city and the beauties of the bay and islands that surround it and are also mirrored in Ferrante’s imaginative universe. Among the sights and neighborhoods we will explore are the Posillipo and Chiaia districts with their coastal beauty, historic Castel dell’Ovo, baroque churches, galleries and atmospheric squares. The Centro Storico with its Graeco-Roman ruins, traditional crafts shops and classic food centres, and the posh neighborhoods Ferrante describes such as the Vomero will also be on our itinerary. And yes, we will spend time getting to know the famous island of Ischia where crucial episodes of the novels take place.

And what could be better than travelling to Naples to discuss the Neapolitan Novels in depth and on location with fellow readers under the skilled guidance of Nella Cotrupi, who comes from this part of the world and has read the novels in both Italian and English?

Readings by Elena Ferrante
My Brilliant Friend (Europa: 2012, English translation by Ann Goldstein)
The Story of a New Name (2013, English translation by Ann Goldstein)
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014, English translation by Ann Goldstein)
The Story of the Lost Child (2015, English translation by Ann Goldstein)
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Italy | 10 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
May 18-27, 2017
Cost:
US$3995
Group Size:
Limited to 14 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, wine with dinner, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Nella Cotrupi. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$250.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Naples
Day 2: The Centro Storico
Day 3: Art in the Metro, Lunch in the Vomero
Day 4: From Luzzatti to Chiaia
Day 5: Castel del Ovo
Day 6: Hydrofoil to Ischia
Day 7: From Sant’ Angelo to Epomeo
Day 8: At leisure on the island
Day 9: A Ferrante day in Naples
Day 10: Depart Naples
Optional extension: Rome
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Your Tour Leader

Nella Cotrupi is an Italian born lawyer and educator whose work has focused on the social and ethical engagements of literature.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Italy | 10 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
May 18-27, 2017
Cost:
US$3995
Group Size:
Limited to 14 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, wine with dinner, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Nella Cotrupi. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$250.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Ischia will cast a spell on you."

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