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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One of his first actions , significantly , is to exchange the soiled garments in which he has been travelling for bright new ones , but his assumed Florentine dress never really becomes more than a " costume .
I don't speak Italian well , but do you know that I was never once at a loss for a word — and I said things that I couldn't ever have said in English . I expect that was part of the enchantment : in another language I was another person ...
... he would never have believed it of my gray hairs and sunken figure " ( Roman Holidays 123 ) . A legion of Roman characters find cause to say , with Orsino in The Cenci , " Oh , I fear / That what is past will never let me rest !
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