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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Dickens , calling the honor roll of native artists , poets , and philosophers , exclaims : " What light is shed upon the world , at this day , from amidst these rugged Palaces of Florence ! " ( Pictures 241 ) .
The dramatis personae of Romola are a kaleidoscopic mixture of lights and shadows , an aggregation of fragments in search of some healing force of cohesion . The city itself becomes , therefore , a leading definer of character in the ...
He scrutinizes Greek characters by the light of a small window , " but no inward a light arose on them " ; the fall of dusk matters little to him , for " [ h ] is strained eyes seemed still to see the white pages with the unintelligible ...
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