The Global Novel, Gendered Trauma and Transmedia Perspectives

"My Brilliant Friend", "Americanah" and "The Handmaid’s Tale"


  • Tiziana de Rogatis


Parole chiave:

Primordialist trauma; Retelling; Traumatic immersiveness.


In this paper, I will present a constellation of three contemporary women writers, three novels and two connected TV series: Elena Ferrante with her My Brilliant Friend cycle (2011-2014), and the homonymous TV series (2018-2022, three seasons directed by Saverio Costanzo, Alice Rohrwacher, and Daniele Lucchetti); Americanah (2013) by Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Adichie’s representation of blog inside and outside this novel; The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Canadian Margaret Atwood, analyzed from the perspective of the TV series (five seasons directed by Bruce Miller, aired between 2017 and 2022). I will situate this overall constellation in the context of the Global Novel as well as in a transmedia context: two global languages furthermore unified by the common field of contemporary «primordialism» (Appadurai, 140), a gendered trauma of late-modernity. From this shared perspective, I will then focus on the narrative and visual mechanisms of trauma in the three novels and the two TV series.




Come citare

de Rogatis, T. (2022). The Global Novel, Gendered Trauma and Transmedia Perspectives: "My Brilliant Friend", "Americanah" and "The Handmaid’s Tale". Comparatismi, (7).



Trauma Narratives & Trauma Theory