The “Global Novel” of Murakami Haruki and Elena Ferrante – A Comparative Perspective

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There is a surprising similarity in the enormous success the novels of Murakami Haruki and Elena Ferrante are enjoying on a global scale. The narratives of both authors are built on several comparable textual strategies that domesticate their novels to a vast, transnational public. Above all, a continuous intersection between a global and a local dimension crafted by the authors’ ability to intertwine situations of local flavour with major archetypes belonging to collective imagination. This tension between global and local can also be traced in their use of local standardised images–such as stereotypes in the case of Ferrante–shared on a transnational dimension.

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Thursday, July 18th, 18:00h
Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient (EFEO)
Italian School of East Asian Studies (ISEAS)