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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In Civilization and Its Discontents ( 1930 ) , Sigmund Freud , who was no Childe Harold , calls on the ancient city as an aid in charting the convolutions of the human psyche . To clarify his principle " that in mental life nothing ...
Nonetheless , the concluding Carnival sequence reaffirms Rome as the central , though always ambiguous , stage for meaningful human action . Kenyon's glimpse of his friend garbed as a penitent puzzles him : " ' How strange !
Small it was , in the large Roman record , and her haunting sense of the continuity of the human lot easily carried her from the less to the greater . She had become deeply , tenderly acquainted with Rome : it interfused and moderated ...
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