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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Osmond promises Isabel , " ' [ Y ] ou'll discover what a worship I have for propriety ? " ( 312 ) ; and that promise , at least , is not broken . What such worship will involve , in their married life , is Osmond's making their marriage ...
James has transmitted too particularized a sense of Isabel's anguish for it to be readily subsumed within any neat redemptive scheme . ) Isabel grows in Rome through the painful process of becoming a better reader of personal history ...
The whole past was between them ' " ( 545 ) , the Countess explains to Isabel . It is upon Isabel that that " whole past " has been visited . Little wonder that when , defying Osmond , she travels to the dying Ralph's bedside , her time ...
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