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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Repeated later references cement her identification with her birthplace . Nevertheless , when she first arrives on the scene , Romola is described in a way that makes her ...
Later , after the Emersons have turned up in the neighborhood of Windy Corner , she begins more consciously to " [ entertain ) ... an image ( of George ) that had physical beauty " ( 143 ) , and the conclusion of her story is sealed .
... singles out as the key to the city's unique fascination : 9 You think of the early antiquity and of the later , of the long period commemorated in the many — the too many volumes , of Gibbon and Merivale , of the dusky mediaeval ...
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