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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As Margaret Oliphant long ago observed , the city's physiognomy itself sets it at odds with stock notions of the blithely " Italian " : a [ I ] t is scarcely possible to conceive a combination of circumstances which could have detached ...
This city of antagonisms is a city of antinomies ; and the sense of duality is integral to the richness and troubling ... For E. V. Lucas , the two tallest of them become emblems of the city's divided soul : " The tower rising from ...
Such a gift for healing , though it may seem paradoxical in the proverbial city of divisions , is celebrated in a number of the works to be discussed hereafter . It has its source in a widespread sense of the city's inherent vitality ...
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