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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... square like a book Holding one picture and only one , Which daily to find she undertook : When the picture was reached the book was done , And she turned from the picture at night to scheme Of tearing it out for herself next sun .
He has dreamed 11 Of going — 1 , in each new picture , -forth , As , making new hearts beat and bosoms swell , To Pope or Kaiser , East , West , South , or North , Bound for the calmly - satisfied great State , Or glad aspiring little ...
By a culminating paradox , Fidelman's picture becomes a perfected artistic whole only when it mirrors its maker's utter moral collapse , incurred through his monomania for " art " : But the picture was , one day , done .
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