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Monday, February 07, 2022

Book/Movie Club: The Lost Daughter

This afternoon I am excited to join a group of women law professors discussing via zoom Elena Ferrante's novella , The Lost Daughter, which Maggie Gyllenhaal’s adapted to a movie starring Olivia Coleman. The main theme of both book and movie, and indeed also of Ferrante's other Neapolitan amazing books, is the challenges and tensions between one's identity as mother and scholar/passions. The same theme centers Hagai Levi's remake of Scenes from a Marriage  - Ingar Bergmann's 1973 Swedish miniseries. Both are about mothers of young girls. Ironically though, the person who is struggling in Ferrante's novel is the scholar/academic, wanting to write, think, travel to conferences, to have dinner and conversations with other scholars; in Scenes, the stable person who stays with the daughter, parents and loves steadily, is the academic -- the father. He can be home, think, write, and take care of the kids. It's the nonacademic, the executive M&A mother who travels the world  and comes back wanting to leave again.

I will keep Prawfs posted on insights from the movie club meet. As some of you know - the academic novel is one of my favorite genres of fiction, so new recommendations and discussions always welcome.

 

Posted by Orly Lobel on February 7, 2022 at 03:40 PM | Permalink

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Posted by: Vanessa Stoun | Mar 26, 2022 6:29:21 AM

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Posted by: ทางเข้าเล่น joker | Feb 14, 2022 2:43:18 AM

oh sorry - we just finished the zoom meeting on it, but will keep you posted if we do another. there's awesome reviews in the new york times and new yorker about it

Posted by: Orly Lobel | Feb 7, 2022 8:34:12 PM

oh sorry - we just finished the zoom meeting on it, but will keep you posted if we do another. there's awesome reviews in the new york times and new yorker about it

Posted by: Orly Lobel | Feb 7, 2022 8:34:12 PM

Thank you for this post! I just watched The Lost Daughter this weekend and immediately thought - I’d love to discuss this with other mom academics. Is the zoom open to others? Thanks for doing this!

Posted by: Jennifer Pacella | Feb 7, 2022 7:36:43 PM

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