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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Unfortunately , however , the woman Theobald has taken for a walking Renaissance masterpiece ( " ' You would have said . . . that Raphael had found his match in common chance ' " ( [ 220 ] ) really exemplifies what James terms in his ...
Cecil's absorption in Italian Renaissance art is painfully literary and factitious . Far from reflecting any " pagan " impulses within him , it merely provides fashionable drapery for a medieval torso : a He was medieval .
In him , as in Lucy , exposure to the town promises to inspire a personal renaissance : " Aaron felt a new self , a new life - urge rising inside himself . Florence seemed to start a new man in him " ( 212 ) .
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