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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Santa Croce , where her father lay , was dark amidst that darkness , and slowly crawling over the bridge , and slowly vanishing up the narrow street , was the white load , like a cruel , deliberate Fate carrying away her father's life ...
tower soared dark and hawk - like , crested , high above . And at the foot of the cliff stood the great naked David , white and stripped in the wet , white against the dark , warm - dark cliff of the building — and near , the heavy ...
But I love it , it is delicate and rosy , and the dark stripes are as they should be , like the tiger marks on a pink lily . It's a lily , not a rose ; a pinky white lily with dark tigery marks . And heavy too , in its own substance ...
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