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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Howells opens a chapter of his Venetian Life ( 1866 ) with the conceit that " Venice seems a fantastic vision ... Well might it seem , " says the doyen of commentators on Venice , John Ruskin , describing an arrival by gondola , " that ...
In " this city that is all eyes , " as McCarthy calls it ( Venice Observed 147 ) , it seems natural to attribute a mesmerizing narcissism to the place itself . " The perennial wonder of Venice , " McCarthy says , " is to peer at herself ...
Hilda is one of the " young and pure " who " may have heard much of the evil of the world , and seem to know it , but only as ... It seems a harsh condition for the Almighty to have imposed on a daily walker amid the blood and filth of ...
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