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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Krook's major premise , that the narrator is a Jamesian artist - prototype , seems slenderly supported by the evidence of the novella itself . In his hunt for the precious papers the narrator displays considerable craft , but of ...
Although he waves the banner of beauty and reverence , the narrator brings to the " unearthing " of the buried past a mentality ... The narrator's idea of himself and his mission can nonetheless , on occasion , comically hit the mark .
Nothing could be more typical of the narrator than his avoiding the " unnatural " expression in the eyes of a living woman who loves him , while seeking youth , brilliance , wisdom , and vision in the eyes of a man who exists only in ...
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