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 name Forster chose for his heroine , Lucy Honeychurch , incorporates Amold's pair of watchwords , along with the idea of religious consecration . While Lucy's actual day - to - day behavior hardly achieves an " essential character ...
No other place has so compellingly joined the idea of limitless extent , both of time and space , with the idea of centrality . No other city has been so widely recognised as a microcosm : an epitome of life in its multifarious guises ...
In general , however , Lawrence's ideas about Florence's gender seem to have been somewhat fluid . ... The ending as revised for the New York Edition implies the idea more blatantly : " When I look at it I can scarcely bear my loss .
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