CUNY TV logo


This edition: The Elena Ferrante Phenomenon

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 16, 2018.

First aired: November 13, 2018.

This month on Italics we will visit the Elena Ferrante phenomenon. Here in the U.S, Ferrante is best known for her New York Times best-selling Neapolitan Quartet of Novels about two friends growing up in post-war Italy. One of the nation’s most beloved novelists today, Elena Ferrante has garnered great praise both in Italy and in the United States.

To discuss this nonpareil cultural event with us are Giancarlo Lombardi, Professor and Executive Officer of the Department of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Rebecca Falkoff, Professor of Italian at New York University. Both guests have significant publications on Elena Ferrante.

As both novelist and, now, the television series on HBO, which is adapted from the first of four novels, My Brilliant Friend, the Elena Ferrante phenomenon just seems to grow more and more.

Guest List

Rebecca Falkoff Assistant Professor, NYU

Prof. Giancarlo Lombardi Executive Officer/Professor, CUNY/Graduate Center/Comparative Literature

Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute - Queens College

Related Websites

  • June 2019
  • Tuesday, June 11 - 9:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 12 - 10:30am, 3:30pm
  • Saturday, June 15 - 7:30am
  • Sunday, June 16 - 6:30pm