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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Repeated association of some generic places with certain experiences and values has resulted in what amounts almost ... Only in ... acknowledging an essential discontinuity between fiction and experience , " Gelley elaborates , " does ...
An experience that , among others ! " ( 2.162 ) , Claude begins with assumed offhandedness ; but what follows makes it apparent that this Roman " experience " has hit home . Exposure to scenes of public violence causes a fundamental ...
Her unaffected recognition of the grandeur of Saint Peter's sets a pattern for her whole experience of the Roman dimension : " She had not been one of the superior tourists who are ' disappointed ' in Saint Peter's and find it smaller ...
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