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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Lutwack observes that " literature always reflects ambivalent attitudes toward earth and its constituent places " ( 11 ) . Among constituent places , few have been more copiously productive of ambivalence than Italy .
In no other city of Italy , " observes Jacob Burckhardt , " were the struggles of political parties so bitter , of such early origin , and so permanent " ( 49 ) . Nor have the factions been solely political ; Norman Douglas refers ...
Rome must be one of the biggest refugee camps in Europe , " observes Davidson's Mark Barham . " Almost everyone who wasn't born a Roman has the air of having run away from somewhere else " ( Suddenly in Rome 143 ) .
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