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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While light begins to encroach on darkness , Lippi goes scuttling off once more to safety . As always , he must pick his way gingerly between two Florences : the static Florence of the Prior's medieval past and the dynamic , dawning ...
Having come to terms with her history , she can at last contemplate it dispassionately : " Begin the task , I see how needful now , / Of understanding somewhat of my past , - / Know life a little , I should leave so soon " ( 7.1664-6 ) ...
This adventure begins with a phone call from Bevilacqua at 7:30 in the morning , completing the demolition of Carl's ordinary time frame . By this point , however , the American has begun to adapt himself to the vagaries of the Roman ...
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