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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To this sentiment , which the arch - Florentine Lippi would have applauded , he adds another concerning the enlarging effect of the painter's work on the artist himself : " ' I feel most moral when I'm painting , like being engaged with ...
By a culminating paradox , Fidelman's picture becomes a perfected artistic whole only when it mirrors its maker's utter moral collapse , incurred through his monomania for " art " : But the picture was , one day , done .
statue comes close to wrecking a Jamesian transatlantic marriage ; the moral of such a narrative is " let sleeping gods lie . " Less literal manifestations of this " recovery " topos , in which the buried secrets of the past resurface ...
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