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 shop of the Hellenistic barber , Nello , and the Cathedral , closely associated with the Hebraist Savonarola , " face one another as though on opposite sides of the line of battle " ( 132 ) . But local topography can embody ...
... labors have had a troubling resemblance to those of Sisyphus : The faces were changed almost every day he painted ... his face and all , he was still never satisfied with hers — something always missing — for very long after he had ...
Once I caught him staring at himself in a mirror , his face very close to the glass , " reports Francis's friend Harvey . " He looked puzzled . ' I'm afraid we have not been introduced , ' he said to his own reflection .
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