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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Her gaze forward into the future appears to stop short at her imminent rendezvous with her lover . Lucrezia might fittingly be called , to adapt Henry James's title , a " Madonna of the Past . " Her influence has helped to keep her ...
ur 5 Madonnas of the Past and Future : Howells and James A twentieth part of the erudition would have sufficed , would have given us the feeling and colour of the time , if there had been more of the breath of the Florentine streets ...
( Letters 3 : 294 ) a Such a " humiliating passivity " provides the theme of Henry James's early Florentine story , " The Madonna of the Future . " Less cheered than Howells by signs that the " go - ahead " spirit of Boston and Denver ...
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