Zoom Book Discussion Group of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
VAPS Applied Psychoanalysis Committee
Zoom Book Discussion Group of
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
Hosted by Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D.
My Brilliant Friend is the story of two lifelong women friends and their
complicated, ambivalent bond, and its cultural roots and parallels. This
book, and discussion group, is the first in the Neopolitan Quartet.*
Aspects of this quartet will be addressed in an upcoming VAPS Applied
Psychoanalysis Committee conference in the Spring of 2021, by Dr.
Christine Maksimovicz and Dr. Stacey Novack. There will be 3 more
discussion groups before the spring conference, one per each of the
remaining three books. The book discussion group series gives us an
opportunity to read each work together and explore some of its
richness before the day-long conference. However, each discussion
group will explore one of the books, and be independent of the others
(attendance for any one discussion is not contingent on any other).
Application will be made for 2 CEUs for each discussion group. More
details to follow. Limited to 10 attendees.
*The other three books are: The Story of a New Name, Those Who
Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child.