Tessa Brown considers the politics of “My Brilliant Friend,” an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels.
Tessa Brown is a lecturer in writing and rhetoric at Stanford University, and an organizer in San Francisco with the Rad Mission Neighbors. She received her doctorate in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University for her dissertation “SCHOOLED: Hiphop Composition at the Predominantly White University.” She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a BA in Religion and Creative Writing from Princeton University. Brown’s research, reviews, and essays in composition and rhetoric have been published in Peitho and Kairos. She has also published fiction in Harper’s and reviews and essays in Hyperallergic, The Forward, The New Haven Review, and The American Reader. Her novella Sorry for Partying was honored by the Paris Literary Prize in 2014. Since 2011, but increasingly rarely, she has written a blog, Hiphopocracy, on hip-hop and pedagogy.