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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McCarthy detects a spirit of " show - me " empiricism in the Venetians ' conduct of life : " [ T ] here is a continuous testing of reality , to see how far it will yield and when it will resist – Venetian experimentation " ( Venice ...
The Venetian trade in " rich experience " can , however , all too easily entail an expense of spirit in a waste of shame . The fatal plunge into abject sensuality is a pattern of which Mann's Death in Venice is only the most famous ...
Her endurance is fed not only by the great monuments but also by the natural surroundings of the Campagna , where she walks with Pansy Osmond , and more generally by a subtly restorative spirit of place .
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