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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The Elizabethans were no strangers to the importance of local habitations ; but it was the rise of the novel in the eighteenth century that finally established individualized setting as intrinsic to the literary imagination .
So do the still more violent metaphors of a poem composed a century later , Robert Lowell's " Florence " ( 1964 ) : Oh Florence , Florence , patroness of the lovely tyrannicides ! Where the tower of the Old Palace pierces the sky like a ...
In nineteenth - century Russian fiction above all , the first of those two cities tends to represent the informal and the unplanned , the second , instead , the official and ( as Dostoevsky terms it ) the " premeditated " ( Notes From ...
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