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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Fidelman gives in , but soon discovers a new source of interference , Esmeralda's " cousin " Ludovico , secretly a pimp with whom she has quarrelled and who hopes to reclaim her services . Like James's little sculptor of cats and ...
Solitude , " the narrator philosophizes , " gives birth to the original in us , to beauty unfamiliar and perilous — to poetry . But also , it gives birth to the opposite : to the perverse , the illicit , the absurd " ( 24 ) .
Before Fidelman takes notice of Susskind , the refugee's steady gaze gives him " the sensation of suddenly seeing himself ... Fidelman's first image of Susskind is replete with symbolic reverberations : " a stranger - give a skeleton a ...
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