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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By extension , she is also her city come to life , or to half - life ; in this latter - day Florence , beauty persists ... The only glimpse he obtains of a possible " renaissance " in his own career comes not in Florence but in another ...
( 5.1612-6 ) Pompilia comes to perceive this present world , epitomized by Rome , as a slippery stepping - stone to the next . For Guido , this world is the be - all and endall ; and it is grimly appropriate that the Pope should ...
He , too , must come to grips with the problem of human attachments , but within a context where personal relationship is not defined by Christian belief . His pilgrimage to Rome opens a door not to self - redemption but , at most ...
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