Storied Cities: Literary Imaginings of Florence, Venice, and Rome
Greenwood Press, 1994 - 310 oldal
The analysis points to Florence frequently being depicted in terms of binary oppositions, including Hebraism versus Hellenism, past versus present, stasis versus movement, and light versus darkness. Venetian narratives are commonly infused with motifs relating to dream and unreality, obsession, voyeurism, isolation, melancholia, and death. History is a controlling metaphor for Roman fiction and poetry, combined with the motif of change and, especially, fall from innocence to experience. Ross shows how writers have self-consciously built on the literary conventions set earlier and anticipates that these cities will remain natural loci for continued post-modernist experiment. In a wider theoretical framework, he examines this writing identified with place for the light it sheds on the issue of the importance of setting in literature.
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Mary McCarthy calls " an undertone of irony , typically Florentine " ( Stones of Florence 19 ) . " The defects ( of the Florentine character ) , " says Piovene , " were the reverse of its virtues : a certain tendency towards disdain and ...
Like the Greeks , the Florentines were guided by some peculiar instinct toward temperance and beauty " ( 12 ) . ... troupe of fictional Florentine performers , from Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh to E. M. Forster's Lucy Honeychurch .
F. R. Leavis's well - known verdict sums up the modern consensus on George Eliot's Florentine novel . By applying to Romola evaluative criteria appropriate to her more celebrated studies of English provincial life , such as The Mill on ...
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