Canadian Association for Italian Studies (CAIS)
Annual Conference: University of Montreal
4-7 May 2023
Session Title: Framing Ferrante: Adaptation and Intermediality from Troubling Love to The Lying Life of Adults
This panel surveys the cinematic and televisual adaptations of Elena Ferrante’s literary works, from Mario Martone’s L’amore molesto (1995) and Roberto Faenza’s I giorni dell’abandono (2005) to Saverio Costanzo’s L’amica geniale series (2018-), Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter (2021), and Edoardo De Angelis’s Netflix series La vita bugiarda degli adulti (2023). In their 2021 collection, Ferrante Unframed, Roberta Cauchi-Santoro and Costanza Barchiesi set out to “unframe” Ferrante, “releasing [her] from the tight confines” of the debate around the strangely problematic status of a successful author whose writing has generally been associated with the works of Italian women writers. This panel seeks to build on this research by considering the literal framing and re-framing of Ferrante on TV and film screens. The aim is to extend and expand upon existing scholarship by considering the older forays into Ferrante adaptation alongside the more recent, 21st century remediations. In this respect the panel organizers seek papers that conjoin questions of modality (analog or digital), medium, mediation, and transmediation, with those of authorship, authority, and gender, around such key issues as genre and influence, commercial vs. independent, arthouse vs. ‘prestige,’ etc.
Please send 250 word paper proposals and a brief bio note to Russell Kilbourn (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Roberta Cauchi-Santoro (St. Jerome’s, University of Waterloo, Ontario)
Closing Date for Receiving Proposals for this Session: March 01, 2023
Categories: Non ACCUTE CFPs