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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poetics founded on the myth of the Flesh , Death and the Devil to render an objectively plausible image of Venice " ( 29 ) . L. P. Hartley , discussing Thomas Mann's Death in Venice ( 1911 ) in The Saturday Review , similarly deplores ...
Literary Imaginings of Florence, Venice, and Rome Michael L. Ross. applied to us , from behind , by the terrible ... Stasis , in Florence an option opposed to the dominant forward march of life , is in Venice an omnipresent temptation .
As critics have pointed out , the ideas of Venice and death are already conjoined in the " mortuary chapel , a structure in Byzantine style ... silent in the gleam of the ebbing day " ( 4 ) that Aschenbach beholds before setting out for ...
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