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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... how widely diversified , and misery throwing magnificence with the strength of fate " ( 434 ) . In Venice itself such contrasts gain an added visual force , even in the prospects to be had from the Dorrits ' labyrinthine palace : It ...
At once , instinctively , he becomes " all eyes " ; and so , as by a reflex action , does the portentous palace : " ' Like eyes , the windows of the palace stared back at me ' " ( 282 ) . It is at this peak of visual tension that he ...
In her streets at the same moment you have sunshine and shadow , palaces and ruins , disreputable odours and the ... but the general impression persisted : Kitchen gardens and flower gardens ; the palace and the street with its crowd ...
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