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 dream that Aaron has afterwards recapitulates his whole Florentine experience . The eerie city of the buried - alive through which he drifts is a nightmarish transformation of Florence itself . The flowers worn by the children Aaron ...
MARK , thy churches , palaces , / Glittering and frost - like , and , as day drew on , / Melting away , an emblem of themselves " ( p . 66 ) . Prose writers have proved no less susceptible to the air of dream and enchantment .
She could have been dreaming ; the buildings , the colonnades , the dome of a church , were like the fantasy landscape of a dream . ( 48 ) In writing about the city , this presumed Venetian narcolepsy becomes an obsessive motif .
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