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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Even before her first appearance , Romola is vaunted by the barber Nello to be " as fair as the Florentine lily before it got quarrelsome and turned red ' " ( 84 ) . Repeated later references cement her identification with her ...
Ensnared by the baffling " web , " Frances resists her panic and strikes out on her own : " Alleys furtively opened in walls that appeared blank ; streets swung round comers into concealed squares ; canals blocked her passage .
Below the bank , was a suite of three or four rooms with barred windows , which had the appearance of a jail for criminal rats ... It appeared on the whole , to Little Dorrit herself , that this same society in which they lived greatly ...
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