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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As Piovene observes , whereas in Florence the Middle Ages were superseded by the lavish building projects of the Renaissance , a city like nearby Siena " remains medieval and almost immobilized in time " ( 297 ) .
All that Florentine craft can really accomplish is to " arrest " and " rivet " the fair subject's " remains " ; and it is only too fitting that what does remain of her is a bust - a bodiless head . What that head is doing is likewise ...
The outcome of Donatello's Dantesque progress from Hades to heavenly light remains doubtful . In the Boston version of the " Conclusion " ( or " Postscript " ) , the last mention of him leaves him locked in the Roman depths : " ' The ...
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