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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The purist who once took his stand on the fashionable separation between art and life now celebrates the marriage between craft and love . That union is solemnized by the last object Fidelman fashions in Venice .
To clarify his principle " that in mental life nothing which has once been formed can perish — that everything is somehow preserved and that in suitable circumstances ... it can once more be brought to light " ( 16 ) , he summons up the ...
Once again , we see the monumental - meditative mode give way to the kinetic . " Gradually , thinking still of St. Peter's , I became conscious / Of a sensation of movement opposing me " ( 2.170-1 ) . Switching his discourse pointedly ...
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